5 reasons why you should enter our 2020 Composing Competition

21 November 2019
5 reasons why you should enter the Pianist composing competition 5 reasons why you should enter the Pianist composing competition
Enter for the chance to win a Kawai piano, plus so much more



For those of you that love composing, our 2020 Composing Competition might just be the perfect opportunity for you to get your music out there to the masses.

If you are considering entering, be quick!! The competition closes on 1 December 2019 at 00:00 GMT.

Here are 5 great reasons why you shouldn't let this opportunity pass you by...

1. Have your work published in the Scores section of Pianist

Wouldn't it be a dream to have your own composition officially published? 

That's exactly what will happen if you win our competition. 

Every issue, we publish 40+ pages of sheet music - ranging from Bach to Rachmaninov, Diabelli to Handel, and even Beethoven to... you! Thousands of Pianist readers around the globe will be able to learn your piece at home!

Here is some advice on how to prepare your score ready to be submitted.



2. Win a Kawai piano worth £3,444

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If you're not yet convinced, perhaps winning a brand-new piano will help sway you to enter.

Piano manufacturer Kawai has kindly agreed to give a piano to the lucky winner. You will be able to choose from their K-15 model or their CA98 model. For more specific details and features on each model, visit our Composing Competition page.


3. Hear your piece performed by pianist Chenyin Li

© Chenyin Li

In a future issue of Pianist, your winning composition will appear on the covermount CD that comes with every copy. Our inhouse pianist Chenyin Li will perform it for the CD! 

You will, of course, be sent your own personal copy of the recording. What a great chance to share your music far and wide with family and friends.


4. Be interviewed by Pianist editor Erica Worth

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You might have a fascinating back story behind your piece that you'd like to share with us. 

Well, this would be your opportunity to do so. 

The winner will be personally interviewed by our editor, Erica. Your interview will then feature in a future issue of Pianist for all to see. Our 2019 Composing Competition winner Bob Rose featured inside issue 108 of Pianist. Take a look.


5. Test your compositional skills against the best

Contemporary composer and pianist ©Alexis Ffrench will be one of our four judges for the competition

This competition is the perfect opportunity for you to find out just how far along you are in your journey. Not only will your work be competing against a variety of talented composers, but you will also be judged by four of the top piano teachers and players in the game. 

This year's judges:
✔ John Kember, Composer
✔ Erica Worth, Editor, Pianist
✔ Alexis Ffrench, Composer and Pianist
✔ Nigel Scaife, Music Educator

And hey, if you win, it might even help propel you onto the frontline of the piano industry! Back in 2016 when we first launched our competition, organist and choirmaster Derry Bertenshaw won with his arrangement of Scarborough Fair - made famous by Simon & Garfunkel.

Derry has further cemented his winning credentials with yet another win at the 2019 St Paul's Cathedral Composing Competition, which will see his winning piece given its world premiere at the cathedral - arranged for and performed by the choir at the Epiphanytide Service on 12th January 2020.


Convinced yet? Enter our 2020 Composing Competition today and see where it takes you.

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