The intent of the Golden Key Piano Composition Competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in new and upcoming composers and to provide an opportunity for winning compositions to reach an international audience at the World Composers' Recital 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 composers who are currently residents of the United States. The International Division is open to 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 of any age in five categories:
A composition submitted for the Competition may be in any style and should be originally written for piano or piano in ensemble with other instruments. Compositions for prepared piano are not permitted.
Deadline for submission: December 1, 2014.
Winners will be announced on this web site no later than January 5, 2015.
Winners in each category will receive Diplomas in either First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree, Fourth Degree, or Honorable Mention.
Selected winning compositions will be included in the program of the World Composers' Recitals at Ehrbar Hall (Vienna), part of the Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna (July 20–27, 2015). 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, Eisenstadt, and the Vienna Woods!
The top winner in each of the five 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.
In 2015, The Golden Key Music Festival will award a special prize in honor of the Russian-American composer Vladimir Drozdoff. Unlike the rest of the Piano Composition Competition, this prize will be open to all ages, and will be awarded for the best arrangement. The winner will receive a $500.00 scholarship towards his or her participation in the Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna. More...