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2020 LONDON Festival Competition is open to all instrumentalists (Piano, Piano Duo, Strings, Woodwinds, Harp, Voice and Chamber Music Groups) of all nationalities and countries. Participants are required to submit video recording materials for the audition. Multiple winners will be chosen in each age category.

Each discipline is divided into different age categories:

Young Musician (8 years old and younger),
Junior (9 – 12 years old), Intermediate (13 – 15 years old),
Advanced (16 – 18 years old) and Young Professional (19 – 35 years old).

Chamber Music Groups is divided into three age categories:
Group A (12 years old and younger),
Group B (13 – 18 years old) and Group C (19 – 35 years old).


Competition Winners will perform at the prestigious Menuhin Concert Hall in London on:

  • Sunday, June 7 , 2020

Special prizes for best performances may be awarded based on the judges’ recommendations.


Four qualified international judges will evaluate audition materials.

The Festival competitions is chaired by Ms Lisa Smirnova.
Professor Smirnova is a renowned Austrian Concert Pianist and she holds the positions of Exclutive Director of Schumann Junior, Professional Studies Center at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf Germany.

Application Deadline

  • Winners Recital Date : Sunday, June 7, 2020
    The application packages acceptance will be closed on March 1, 2020.
    The results will be announced in 2 weeks time once we receive the Video submission.

How to Apply

To apply for the Competition, participants must submit:

  1. A completed online Application Form.
    • For Solo Application please click HERE.
    • For Chamber Music Groups Application please click HERE.
  2. Send the link of your video in YouTube or WeTransfer to Applicants who provided a link to a YouTube video do not need to mail a DVD.
  3. Biography and photo e-mailed to
    • Biography of the applicant in MS Word format (not to exceed 80 words). Include past participation in competitions, festivals and other public events. Portrait photo in electronic format, to be used for the Competition brochure printing.
  4. Application Fee.

Competition Application Fee

Application Fee for Solo Performers – €125
Application Fee for Chamber Music Groups – €60 per member.
Application Fees are not refundable.

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Solo Performers




Chamber Music Groups Member










Age category and time limit for Video submission:

8 Years Old and Younger YOUNG MUSICIAN 5 Minutes
9 – 12 Years Old JUNIOR 6 Minutes
13 – 15 Years Old INTERMEDIATE 6 Minutes
16 – 18 Years Old ADVANCED 8 Minutes
19 – 35 Years Old YOUNG PROFESSIONAL 8 Minutes

Chamber Music Groups

(Piano four hands, piano duo, Violin Duo, Cello Duo and mixed ensembles etc.)

12 Years Old and Younger GROUP A 5 Minutes
13 – 18 Years Old GROUP B 7 Minutes
19 – 35 Years Old GROUP C 8 Minutes

* Age according to the registration deadline as 1st March 2020.

8 Years Old and Younger YOUNG MUSICIAN 02/03/2011 or Later
9 – 12 Years Old JUNIOR 02/03/2011 – 01/03/2007
13 – 15 Years Old INTERMEDIATE 02/03/2006 – 01/03/2004
16 – 18 Years Old ADVANCED 02/03/2003 – 01/03/2001
19 – 35 Years Old YOUNG PROFESSIONAL 02/03/1984 – 01/03/2000
12 Years Old and Younger GROUP A 02/03/2007 or Later
13 – 18 Years Old GROUP B 02/03/2006 – 01/03/2001
19 – 35 Years Old GROUP C 02/03/1984 – 01/03/2000

Last Updated: 30 November 2019.

General Rules

Applicant may choose one or two pieces from the standard repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary periods). One movement of Sonata could be accepted as a separate piece.

  1. Only one piece (the submitted competition piece) will be performed at the Winners Recital. 
  2. Only original pieces will be accepted for pianists, no shortened versions.
  3. Only un-edited video can be accepted for the audition (parts of video connected together or video clips are not acceptable).
  4. Recordings should be a fair representation of the Contestant’s abilities, but need not be of a professional quality. Applicant’s name and exact title of the audition piece must be included in the description of the video on YouTube (Vimeo, etc.).
  5. Contestants must perform from memory. No repeats. Music for Chamber Music Groups does not have to be memorized.
  6. Judges comments will not be disclosed. Judges’ decisions are final and can’t be appealed.
  7. The final selection of winners will be based solely on the video recordings submitted.
  8. No changes to biographical information are allowed after the application is submitted.
  9. Please email us if there is a change in repertoire for winner’s recital.
  10. Competition results name list will be published on the Festival Website on 20 June, 2020.
  11. The Certificates will be granted to the performing winners after the Recital & Award Ceremony in London.
  12. Festival Competition Organizational Committee reserves the rights to make any changes into the rules, venue, dates schedules and other information related to the Competitions or Published on this site.

Steps for Applying

  1. Submit your video, online registration form and registration fees before 1st March.
  2. You will receive your results in 2 weeks time once you submitted your video and we will email you the details of the 2020 London Festival Winner’s recital.
    Participants will receive invitation to perform in LONDON and attend the Music Academy with Top -class master teachers. There will be an option to join a special designed 9-day UK Academy & Musical Tour. (Accommodation, meals and land transport are included for Participants who sign up for academy and musical tour.
    Please kindly reply soonest so that we can secure you this special tour at the rate stated below which is subject to availability and also first come first serve.)
  3. Send in your letter of acceptance to confirm your performance slot at 2020 LONDON Festival and Academy.


London Festival will give an opportunity to all young musicians to perform on stage in the international concert venue.