Summer 2020 Application Cycle is Now Closed
Competition Rules and Application
The Purpose of Holding The YouTube Piano Competition:
Due to the influence of the coronavirus, piano competitions throughout Japan have been postponed or canceled for the summer of 2020. Piano learners who have worked hard toward their goals are in a difficult situation. Therefore, by having prominent judges comment and evaluate the process of their efforts, learners can continue to be motivated.
YouTube Primary Screening:
Participants will send a YouTube video link to the application form on the website with one, two, or three songs recorded.
Recordings do not have to be of high quality. The online piano competition will be judged by pianists and professors from Japan and abroad. Judges will provide reviews and advice sheets for students. We cannot accept any complaints related to the examination.
Notes on Playing:
You must play by memory when recording.
Make sure that we can see your whole body, including your face and hands. Only unedited videos will be accepted (We will disqualify if you shoot the video and sound source separately).
There is no designation of the piano used for playing.
Limited to videos taken after May 2019.
The participant will be disqualified if the selected time is exceeded or a song different from the submitted song is played.
The organizer cannot take any responsibility for the trouble of the competition.
This competition does not belong to any organization, political group, or religious group.
About Your Personal Information:
Your personal information on your application and the YouTube sound source will be used only for the purpose of the competition, such as screening and announcing the results of the competition on this official website. We will not disclose it to a third party without the consent of the person.
Fees will be charged depending on the age of the participants and the length of the song selected. Please note that categories are determined based on the birthday and birth year.
Payments are to be made via PayPal as described in the application. The participation fee you paid will not be returned for any reason.
Qualifying Examination Fee
Dates of Birth: April 2nd, 2012 and after
Within 5 minutes $85 USD
Dates of Birth: April 2nd, 2010-April 1st, 2012
Within 5 minutes $85 USD
Dates of Birth: April 2nd, 2008-April 1st, 2010
Within 6 minutes $85 USD
Dates of Birth: April 2nd, 2005-April 1st, 2008
Within 8 minutes $95 USD
Dates of Birth: April 2nd, 2002-April 1st, 2005
Within 10 minutes $110 USD
Dates of Birth: April 1st, 2002 and earlier
Within 15 minutes $110 USD
Final Selection Fee
* Recording of 1 to 3 songs in all categories is allowed
Benefits For Contest Winners
The 1st place winner of each category will be given prize money and free access to master classes. All 2nd place winners will be given the opportunity to take master classes for free. 3rd place competitors will have the opportunity to attend online master classes at half-price to the student.
All competitors will receive a certificate by email.
All competitors will receive an advice sheet.
Scheduled period for the YouTube Piano Competition
Deadline for application July 20
Video deadline July 24
Qualifying July 26-July 31 (YouTube Primary Screening)
Announcement of Qualifiers August 2
Final selection August 23 (Zoom Live Screening)
Announcement of winners August 24
Please send registration fee payment via PayPal to
Awards To The Winners of The Competition:
The 1st place winner of each category will be given prize money. All 2nd place winners will be given the opportunity to take master classes for free. 3rd place winners will have the opportunity to attend master classes at half-price to the student.
All contestants will receive a certificate by email.
Category A $200 USD
Category B $200 USD
Category C $200 USD
Category D $300 USD
Category E $300 USD
Category F $500 USD
All 2nd place winners will be given the opportunity to take master classes for free.
All 3rd place winners will have the right to attend master classes at half-price to the student.
Important notes about Master Class:
Only available in Japanese (You may hire an interpreter)
The tuition fee is $141 USD per hour.
We will discuss the schedule later.
Both face-to-face lessons and online lessons are available.
(Please note that some judges may only offer face-to-face lessons.)