The intent of the Golden Key Piano Composition Competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in student composers and to provide an opportunity for winning compositions to reach an international audience at the World Young Composers' Recitals held as part of the Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna.
The Competition has National and International Divisions. The National Division is only open to young composers who are currently residents of the United States. The International Division is open to young composers from anywhere in the world. Residents of the US can submit applications for National, International, or both.See our How To Apply page for application details.
The Competition is open to composers ages 5 through 26 in four age categories:
A composition submitted for the Competition may be in any style and should be originally written for piano. Compositions for prepared piano are not permitted.
Deadline for submission: January 2, 2014.
Winners will be announced on this web site no later than February 1, 2014.
Winners in each category will receive Diplomas in either First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree, or Honorable Mention.
Selected winning compositions will be included in the program of the World Young Composers' Recitals at Ehrbar Hall (Vienna), part of the Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna (August 4-11, 2014). The winners of the Piano Composition Competition and their families are invited to attend the Vienna Festival. For more information about registering for the Vienna Festival, see our Vienna: How To Apply page and our Vienna: Tour page for the tour itinerary, including wonderful day trips to Salzburg and Eisenstadt!
The top winner in each of the four age categories in the two Divisions (National and International) will receive a $500.00 scholarship towards his or her participation in the Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna. In the case of a tie, the cash prize will be divided between winners.
Each winner's teacher will be awarded a Certificate of Excellence.