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.
Open normally to students 17 and younger at the time of the competition, but because of the delay caused by Covid-19, in 2023 open to students 18 and younger, 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.
Our next competition will take place October 14 and 15, 2023. The deadline for applications and submission of preliminary requirements is September 12, 2023. 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 www.leschetizky.org. 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.