Concerto Competition “Theodor Leschetizky”

For Gifted Young Piansts

Since 2003 the Association has sponsored the biennial Concerto Competition ‘Theodor Leschetizky’ for Gifted Young Pianists.

Founded in 1942 by pupils of renowned Vienna pedagogue Theodor Leschetizky, THE LESCHETIZKY ASSOCIATION promotes his ideals of pianism and teaching by providing performing opportunities for pianists of all ages in venues ranging from concert halls to private salons. Our concerto competition is our chief program of international outreach, providing the opportunity for a young pianist to have an orchestral debut in New York City.

NOTICE: Due to Covid-related restrictions and logistical difficulties, the competition has once more been postponed. It will not take place in 2023. Please check this site for updates. No applications should be submitted at this time.

This international competition is a wonderful opportunity for young pianists. The first prize winner, in addition to a $1,000 cash prize, receives a performance with orchestra of the full concerto. The second prize winner receives $500, and additional prizes and performance opportunities may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

Please note our expanded list of eligible concerti. The semi-finals and finals will take place at Klavierhaus, and the winner’s concerto performance will take place at a later date, to be announced.

Preliminary applications may largely be electronically submitted, with links to three stylistically contrasting selections, along with other required materials. For the semi-finals and finals, portions of all movements of the concerto will be heard, with second piano accompaniment, along with a solo piano piece by Theodor Leschetizky, which will be performed as an encore at the winner’s concert. An album of piano solos by Leschetizky is available to purchase by mail at No purchase is required for competition entry. (Leschetizky solos are available from other publishers, and from libraries.)

Please write to Alison Thomas at [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Requirements and Application

Sahun Hong, center, with members of the
Leschetizky Association’s Board of Directors
Mara Waldman, Graciela Arguedas, Mark Riggleman