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2024 Spring/Summer

Competition Rules and Application

The Purpose of Holding The YouTube Piano Competition: 

Piano learners who have worked hard toward their goals may find themselves in a difficult situation to participate in a competition due to geographic and financial constraints. Therefore, by providing a convenient and inclusive online competition, pianists have the opportunity to display their skills and to receive critique from prominent judges from anywhere across the globe.  


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, but you may shoot the video and sound source separately. 

There is no designation of the piano used for playing.

Limited to videos taken after May 2022.

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. If participant refuses to be published, please inform us in advance.   

Participant Fees:

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 Participation Fee 


▪️Category A

Dates of Birth: April 2nd, 2016 and below

Within 5 minutes $90 USD 


▪️Category B  

Dates of Birth: April 2nd, 2014-April 1st, 2016

Within 5 minutes $90 USD 

▪️Category C  

Dates of Birth: April 2nd, 2012-April 1st, 2014

Within 6 minutes $90 USD 

▪️Category D

Dates of Birth: April 2nd, 2009-April 1st, 2012

Within 8 minutes $100 USD 


▪️Category E

Dates of Birth: April 2nd, 2006-April 1st, 2009

Within 10 minutes $110 USD 


▪️Category F  

Dates of Birth: Before April 1st, 2006 

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 winners of each category will be given prize money and the opportunity to take master classes at the contestant's expense. All 2nd and 3rd place winners will be given the opportunity to take master classes at the contestant's expense.

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 May 29th, 2024 

  • Video and participation fee deadline May 31st, 2024 

  • Qualifying June 1st-June 14th, 2024 (YouTube Primary Screening)

  • Announcement of Qualifiers June 16th, 2024     

  • Final selection June 29th, 2024 Japan Time (Instagram/Zoom Live Screening) 

  • Announcement of winners July 2nd, 2024   


Payment Methods

Awards To The Winners of The Competition:

The 1st place winner of each category will be given prize money. All 2nd place and 3rd place winners will have the opportunity to attend master classes  at the expense of the contestant. All contestants will receive a certificate by email. 

First Place 

​・Prize money 

 Category A $200 USD

 Category B   $200 USD

   Category C   $200 USD

   Category D   $200 USD

   Category E    $300 USD

   Category F    $400 USD

・Master class to be funded by the competition


Second Place and Third Place 

All 2nd Place and 3rd place winners will have the right to attend master classes at the contestant's expense​

  ★Winners of the Jury's Special Award will be entitled to free Master Class lessons.

Important notes about Master Class​:

Only available in Japanese (You may hire an interpreter)  

We will discuss the schedule later.

Cost varies between judges

Both face-to-face lessons and online lessons are available. 

(Please note that some judges may only offer face-to-face lessons.)


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