Piano Competition - Competition Categories

International Competition Classes

All times listed are maximum playing times. Please ensure, you have read all parts of this Prospectus relevant to your class, especially the Competition Rules, before sending in your entry.

International Open Solo Piano Championship

These classes are open to contestants from any country playing piano. All placegetters of International Championships classes are presented with certificates. Winners receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next years competition. Winners wishing to retain the trophy may purchase it.

Australian and International Pacific entrants in these classes are automatically entered in the equivalent Australian and International Pacific Solo Championship Class, dependent upon their eligibility as set out in this Prospectus. Australian and International Pacific entrants play only once and pay one entry fee, even though that one performance may result in winning the Australian, International Pacific and International Open titles.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
IO250 International Open Piano Championships, 12 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least 2 pieces of different style and character and composer. Maximum 6 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00
IO251 International Open Piano Championships, 15 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least 2 pieces of different style and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 10 minutes playing time.

AU$35.00
IO252 International Junior Virtuoso Piano Championships, 20 years and under solo

This class provides a stepping stone to the International Open Piano Solo Championship category. 

Each contestant will perform an own choice programme with a minimum of 2 pieces in differing styles, character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stagecraft all being important. 10 minutes minimum and maximum 15 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00
IO253 International Open Piano Solo Championship

OWN CHOICE PROGRAM: consisting of 3 or more pieces including one from the Baroque era, one piece to be of a slower, lyrical style and one piece of a technical virtuosic style.

Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.

Playing time: minimum 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.

AU$60.00

International Pacific Piano Championship

These classes are open to contestants from the following countries or territories: Philippines, New Caledonia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Guam, Vietnam, Kampuchea, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, USA, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, New Zealand and all South Pacific nations and territories.

All placegetters of International Championships classes are presented with certificates. Winners receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next years competition. Winners wishing to retain the trophy may purchase it.

Australian entrants in these classes are automatically entered in the equivalent Australian and International Championship Classes, dependent upon their eligibility as set out in this Prospectus. Australian entrants play only once and pay one entry fee, even though that one performance may result in winning the Australian, International Pacific or International titles.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
IP250 International Pacific Piano Championship, 12 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least 2 pieces of different style and character and composer. Maximum 6 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00
IP251 International Pacific Piano Championship, 15 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least two pieces of different style and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 10 minutes playing time.

AU$35.00
IP252 International Pacific Junior Virtuoso Piano Championship, 20 years and under solo

This class provides a stepping stone to the International Open Piano Solo Championship category. 

Each contestant will perform an own choice programme with a minimum of 2 pieces in differing styles, character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stagecraft all being important. 10 minutes minimum and maximum 15 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00
IP253 International Pacific Piano Solo Championship
  • OWN CHOICE PROGRAM: consisting of 3 or more pieces including one from the Baroque era, one piece to be of a slower, lyrical style and one piece of a technical virtuosic style.
  • Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.
  • Playing time: minimum 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.
  • Candidates up to 32 years of age are allowed to enter the competition. 
AU$50.00

Australian Championship

Entrants in these classes must be Australian residents. By entering a class in the Australian Championship Category entrants compete for the honour of winning an Australian Piano Championship title.

The Australian Championship classes are based on age. Some Australian Championship classes with an age limit require a Test Piece which every competitor must perform. Some classes require an Own Choice piece to be performed in addition to the Test Piece. Some classes require one or more Own Choice pieces to be performed.

All placegetters of Championships classes are presented with certificates. Winners receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next years competition.

NOTE: A contestant may not in the same year enter a Championship solo class and a Standard solo class. Contestants in the Australian Championship solo classes are automatically entered in the equivalent International classes dependent upon their eligibility as set out in this Prospectus. Australian entrants play only once and pay one entry fee, even though that one performance may result in winning Australian, International Pacific and International Open titles.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
C249 9 years and under solo

One Own Choice Piece, maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$10.00
C250 12 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least two pieces of different style and character and composer. Maximum 6 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00
C251 15 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least two pieces of different style and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 10 minutes playing time.

AU$35.00
C252 Junior Virtuoso, 20 years and under

This class provides a stepping stone to the International Open Piano Solo Championship category and the Australian Open Piano Solo Championship.
Each contestant will perform an own choice programme with a minimum of two pieces in differing styles, character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stagecraft all being important. 10 minutes minimum and maximum 15 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00
C253 Open Piano Solo Championship
  • OWN CHOICE PROGRAM: consisting of 3 or more pieces including 1 from the Baroque era, 1 piece to be of a slower, lyrical style and 1 piece of a technical virtuosic style.
  • Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.
  • Playing time: minimum 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.
AU$60.00

Standard

Entrants in these classes may be from any nation or territory. Classes in the Standard category are regulated by both age and playing experience. This offers people who might have been learning for a short period of time, or have begun learning later in life, the opportunity to compete on a more equal basis.

All music is Own Choice, one piece only. A contestant may not in the same year enter a Standard solo class and an International or Championship solo class. A contestant may not enter a Standard solo class if he/she has been placed first or second in a International or Championship solo class the previous year.

All place getters of Standard classes are presented with certificates. Winners receive a trophy.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
S108 6 years and under

Maximum 2 minutes playing time

AU$10.00
S110 8 years and under

Maximum 3 minutes playing time

AU$10.00
S112 10 years and under

Maximum 4 minutes playing time

AU$10.00
S113 12 years and under

Maximum 5 minutes playing time

AU$10.00
S114 14 years and under

Maximum 6 minutes playing time

AU$10.00
S115 16 years and over

Maximum 8 minutes playing time

AU$10.00

Qualified

Entrants in these classes may be from any nation or territory. Classes in the Qualified category are based on actual age, as at 8th June of the contest year, or on specific styles of music, or presentation.

All music is Own Choice, one piece only. The Qualified category includes classes for different musical styles, such as Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern, as well as Entertainment music.

All placegetters of these classes receive certificates. For Creative Classes the performer is not required to provide written music for the adjudicators. This is to encourage the performance of individual arrangements and improvisation.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
Q06BRC 6 years and under, Baroque, Romantic and Classical AU$10.00
Q06ME 6 years and under, Modern and Entertainment Music AU$10.00
Q07BRC 7 years and under, Baroque, Romantic and Classical AU$10.00
Q07ME 7 years and under, Modern and Entertainment Music AU$10.00
Q08BRC 8 years and under, Baroque, Romantic and Classical AU$10.00
Q08ME 8 years and under, Modern and Entertainment Music AU$10.00
Q09BRC 9 years and under, Baroque, Romantic and Classical AU$10.00
Q09ME 9 years and under, Modern and Entertainment Music AU$10.00
Q10BRC 10 years and under, Baroque, Romantic and Classical AU$10.00
Q10ME 10 years and under, Modern and Entertainment Music AU$10.00
Q12BRC 12 years and under, Baroque, Romantic and Classical AU$10.00
Q12ME 12 years and under, Modern and Entertainment Music AU$10.00
Q14BRC 14 years and under, Baroque, Romantic and Classical AU$10.00
Q14ME 14 years and under, Modern and Entertainment Music AU$10.00
Q16BRC 16 years and under, Baroque, Romantic and Classical AU$10.00
Q16ME 16 years and under, Modern and Entertainment Music

                                                                                    

AU$10.00

Trio/Ensemble

Performances by 3 to 6 players. Trio/Ensemble Category contestants perform one Own Choice piece. All times listed are maximum playing times.

The age of the eldest member of a trio/ensemble shall decide which age class a group is eligible to enter.

Please ensure you have read all parts of this Prospectus relevant to your class, especially the Competition Rules, before sending in your entry.

International Open Piano Trio/Ensemble

These classes are open to contestants from any country playing piano. All placegetters of International Championships classes are presented with certificates. Winners receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next years competition. Winners wishing to retain the trophy may purchase it.

Australian and International Pacific entrants in these classes are automatically entered in the equivalent Australian and International Pacific Solo Championship Class, dependent upon their eligibility as set out in this Prospectus. Australian and International Pacific entrants play only once and pay one entry fee, even though that one performance may result in winning the Australian, International Pacific and International Open titles.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
C50 13 years and under trio/ensemble, with/without other instrument/s, vocal/s and electrically modified

Maximum 5 minutes playing time 

AU$15.00
C51 14 years and over trio/ensemble, with/without other instrument/s, vocal/s and electrically modified

Maximum 10 minutes playing time

AU$15.00
IO255 International Competition for Ensemble Music
  • For two (2) to five (5) musicians, minimum one pianist
  • Own Choice Program of concert music consisting of at least two (2) pieces with contrasting style.
  • Playing time: maximum 15 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.

Marking will take into consideration program choice, level of playing and ensemble work.

AU$70.00