orchestraThe American Prize in Piano Performance, 2019-20

The American Prize in Piano Performance recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained pianists in America in 2019-20, based on submitted applications. There are separate contests for solo pianists and for piano concerto performances (The Lorin Hollander Award, which now includes an option for concerti with multiple soloists.) Categories: professional, college/universty, community, high school. Click the links below for complete information.

REVISED Preliminary DEADLINE for postmark or emailing application(s):

Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Automatic extensions to Monday, June 3, 2019 for those who need more time and request it in advance of the June date by emailing theamericanprize@gmail.com



NOW—you have the option to pay application fees online—or by credit card, money order or check.


NOW—you have the option to provide online links to your audition selections—or send recordings by mail.


NOW—you have the option to fill out the application on your computer and email it directly to the office—or fill-in by hand and send by mail.



The American Prize is more than monetary. Semi-finalists, finalists and winners are announced to national arts media and on our websites, where winners are profiled. Semi-finalists, finalists and winners earn the right to use The American Prize logo and official seal on printed programs and other documents, and on the web.

SEMI-FINALISTS: All semi-finalists receive official certificates.

FINALISTS and RUNNERS-UP: All finalists and runners-up receive certificates and written, unbiased evaluations from our distinguished national panel of judges. When winners are announced on The American Prize blog, RUNNERS-UP are also profiled with their photos, biographies and website links.

WINNERS: A single winner in each category and/or division is selected. Winners receive certificates, written evaluations, personalized press releases sent by us to local media and other contacts you provide as part of your application, and cash prizes up to $500, depending on the year, the category and the number of entrants.
Only with your explicit permission, excerpts of winning performances may be posted to The American Prize channel on .

The judges reserve the right to award citations and honorable mentions as warranted, and to combine categories when necessary. The decision of the judges is final.

CLICK the competition names below for APPLICATION FORM and REQUIREMENTS.

categories: professional, college/university, community, high school

categories: professional, college/university, community, high school