1.The Chicago International Music Competition and Festival is open to musicians of all nationalities and all levels.

2.The Competition has three categories: Rising Star Category, Professional Category and Artist Category.

3.The Competition has two divisions: Solo Division and Ensemble Division. Solo Division has Instrumental Division and Vocal Division.

4.The 2021 Chicago International Musician Competition and Festival has two rounds—Preliminary Round and Final Round.

5.The Competition adopts an online format in which all applicants will be adjudicated by video submission.

6.The Application deadline is July 15, 2021

7.If applying for more than one division, applicants must complete separate applications and pay the required fees for each individual division.


Rising Star Category

Professional Category

Artist Category


Solo Division

Ensemble Division

All works must be performed by memory--Solo Division.

All works must be performed without repeats.

No changes to the program are permitted once the application form has been received.

Participants in all age groups/divisions may choose to participate in both solo and ensemble categories. For example, participants may choose to compete in the Rising Star or Concert Artist solo category and the ensemble division at the same time.

The decisions of the Jury are final and not subject to review or appeal.

The Jury is permitted to award the same numerical ranking to several contestants. In the event of a tie, the Jury may divide the monetary prize equally between the prizewinners.

Preliminary Round

A preliminary video audition is required for all levels, divisions, and categories

Video requirements

--Pieces may be recorded separately or in one recording.

--The total duration should include breaks between pieces

--High quality video recordings are highly recommended.

--The camera must be stationary for the video. Performer’s hands and face must be visible during the recording.

Final Round

Selected participants will enter the final round.

Participants do not need to submit different videos for the final round.

Final Result will be announced in our website on August 18th, 2021


Contact Us

  • Phone: 1-785-764-3527
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  • Organizer:International Institute of Piano Artistry
  • Co-organizers:Wheaton College and Milan Conservatory
  • Address:750 Commerce Plaza II Building 7400 West 110th Street, Overland Park KS 66210-2362 USA