Announcing the launch of the brand-new Pianist 2023 Amateur Piano Competition

01 March 2023
By Ellie Palmer
We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand-new amateur piano competition, which is now OPEN!

In association with Yamaha Music Europe

Enter 1 March – 1 July

An online competition for outstanding adult amateurs

The Pianist 2023 Amateur Piano Competition – in collaboration with Yamaha – is now officially open.

The competition is hosted completely online, with amateur pianists from around the world invited to enter for the chance to win one of two Yamaha pianos worth up to £10,000, plus a package of online exposure to help kickstart their dream career.


Who is eligible to enter?

The competition is open to pianists age 25+ of all nationalities and professions (born on or before 1 March 1998). However, applicants are not allowed to derive their principle source of income from performance and must not be currently studying at a music school and/or conservatoire.


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How does it work?

Applicants are required to fill in an application form and submit a video performance of either Classical or Modern music, with performances not exceeding 15 minutes. One winner will be chosen from each category. A full breakdown of the criteria, rules and prize information can be found on the submissions page here.


What is the prize?

Yamaha will supply two incredible pianos for the two winners – A Yamaha U1 and a Yamaha CLP 775. The pianos will be assigned to the winners at random. (Depending on territory, piano models may vary slightly depending on stock availability.)

The package of online exposure includes a range of social media coverage with both Pianist magazine and Yamaha, including coverage inside Pianist magazine.

Erica Worth, editor of Pianist, comments: “There are lots of unknown, talented piano players out there – people from all walks of life who practise hard and play to a high standard for the sheer love of the instrument – who know full well that they might never be heard. Now’s their chance!”

We can't wait to hear your performances!