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The Lewisville Lake Symphony
International Competition for Piano
Ages 18 - 30

All applications are submitted through ACCEPTD, including application form, video+audio recording, and payment. Complete rules and regulations can be found at ACCEPTD


The 2021 Lewisville Lake Symphony International Piano Competition will take place entirely online. See Application Process below for compete instructions.


  • The 2021 competition is open to all pianists 18 - 30 years of age who are enrolled in a college or university music program as of February 15, 2021.

  • Competitors may not be students of any of the judges.

Application Deadline

  • Completed applications must be received by 11:59 PM Central Time on February 15, 2021.

Prize Winners

  • The First Place Winner will receive $2,000 and an invitation to perform a complete concerto on the Symphony’s opening concert of the 2021-2022 season in September 2021. The cash prize will be awarded at the concert.

  • The Second Place Winner will receive $1,000 and will have the opportunity to schedule a recital on the symphony’s International Chamber Series for an additional $400 if the winner is within driving distance, to be awarded at the time of the recital. If the winner wishes to give the recital but does not live within commuting distance, the symphony cannot pay travel or lodging expenses.

  • The Third Place Winner will receive $500.

  • If for any reason the First Place Winner is unable to perform with the Symphony on the September 2021 concert, he/she automatically forfeits the prize money and Symphony performance. The First Place award will fall to the Second Place winner.

  • Winners will be announced on or before March 12, 2021.

  • The decision of the judges is final.

How to apply

  • Step 1.

    • Upload a high-quality of a concerto from the approved repertory list (see Repertoire below).

    • The video selections may be accompanied by either piano or orchestra.

    • A contestant’s teacher is not allowed to accompany the contestant on the video.

    • Contestants who are currently studying with any of the judges may not apply.

    • No orchestral tutti cuts permitted (not even in the introduction).

    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, music schools have not been open or available for recording for most of 2020, and many scheduled concerts have been cancelled or postponed. Therefore, the Lewisville Lake Symphony International Competition for Piano will accept videos recorded in 2019, 2020, or Jan.-Feb. 2021.

    • The video must show the hands and face of the contestant.

    • The video must be continuous and unedited.

    • It is preferable that the entire concerto be submitted in one file; however, concerto movements submitted in separate files are acceptable provided that the concerto is complete (submit all movements). Label all files submitted with applicant surname and concerto information.

    • The contestant must play the entire concerto from memory.

    • The video must be posted by 11:59 PM Central Time on February 15, 2021.

  • Step 2. Additional application requirements

    • Age verification. Documents accepted as proof of date-of-birth include: a legible copy of a valid driver's license, a passport ID page, or birth certificate.

    • A resume

    • A high-quality photograph preferably in JPG format

    • All supplemental materials must be posted by 11:59 PM Central Time on February 15, 2021.

Preliminary Round

  • All videos will go through a pre-screening/preliminary judging process. Up to ten finalists for the final round will be announced on March 1.

Final Round

  • The finalists’ video recordings of the complete unedited concerto will be livestreamed on Facebook beginning on March 5 and ending on March 7 or 8. The livestream schedule will be announced on March 3.

  • Judges will judge from their homes

  • The announcement of the prize winners will occur on the Lewisville Symphony’s Facebook page on or before March 12 after all finalists’ performances have been aired and the judges have reached their final decision.

  • All contestants agree to the use of their video, in part or in whole, for purposes of adjudicating, as well as for publicizing the competition.

Click HERE to see the approved repertoire.

Entry Fee
There is a non-refundable application fee of $115.

For further information contact

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