San Jose International Piano Competition Official Rules

1. The application form and all required materials must be submitted via our website by March 15, 2017. A checklist of items required is located on the application form. We encourage all contestants to apply as early as possible in order for the competition committee to address any issues prior to the deadline. Applications are not considered complete until all documents and fees have been received by the competition. All fees are non-refundable for any reason and must be paid in full by March 15, 2017 for the first deadline. See application for more information, payment details, and options. Applicants who miss the first deadline may include a $50 late fee in addition to all the above requirements. Late applications must be submitted no later than April 15, 2017 at 11:59pm Pacific Time US.

2. A change fee of $25 will apply for each repertoire selection change requested after the application has been submitted. Repertoire changes will not be accepted after May 15, 2017. All change requests MUST be made via our website through Applicant Services. Change requests submitted through email will not be accepted.

3. Any applicant who knowingly gives inaccurate or misleading information, or submits an incomplete application, will be disqualified.

4. All contestants are encouraged to attend the Opening Ceremony and Draw on June 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm as important information about the competition will be announced, and contestants will select their own order of performance. Contestants who are unable to attend the Opening Ceremony and Draw must send a request via e-mail to Julie Poklewski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) prior to June 10, 2017 so that a number may be drawn on behalf of the contestant. Contestants who do not attend the Opening Ceremony and Draw, and do not arrange for a number to be drawn on their behalf will be disqualified. Please do not contact the Competition regarding your order of performance. The results of the draw for all contestants will be posted online at the competition website by midnight on June 16, 2017.

5. All requests (with the exception of repertoire changes) or questions shall be submitted via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or website form only.

6. All contestants must submit a photo with the online application. The photo must be at minimum 800x600 pixels in size, and must be a jpg or png file format. As the submitted photo will be used in the printed application please send in a passport-style photo with a plain or solid color background.

7. The Competition reserves the right to limit the total number of contestants. In addition, contestant’s repertoire and bio must demonstrate their ability to compete at the international level.

8. All contestants must submit a YouTube link of the following: Young Musicians: Any piece of the contestants choice. Junior: One virtuoso Etude, Intermediate and Advanced: One virtuoso Etude and one piece of the contestants choice.

9. Foreign Contestants: Applicants should consult with the nearest American Embassy or Consulate on advice for visas. Upon written request, the San Jose International Piano Competition will send an Official Letter of Invitation. Official Letters will only be provided to contestants after their application and fee has been submitted and accepted. For visa inquiries, contact Dan Morgan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The fee for Official Letters of Invitation is $40, which must be paid in advance and is non-refundable. Letters can be sent via e-mail upon request and the original copy will be sent through the United States Postal Service (USPS) regular mail with delivery in approximately 20-30 days. Since regular mail has no tracking capability, Express Mail can be requested for an additional $50. The USPS will only guarantee the official letters have been delivered to the country of request, and not to the specific address of the contestant. Express Mail tracking numbers can be forwarded to contestants for online verification upon request, however the competition provides no guarantees as to delivery to the contestant due to procedures and restrictions within certain countries. Contestants may elect to use another carrier such as DHL provided the package is pre-paid. Express mail packages and all international packages should be addressed to San Jose International Piano Competition, 1434 Montego Drive, San Jose CA 95120, USA

10. During each Round, the contestant’s performance will be in accordance with the order determined by the draw. The order of performance will remain the same in the event of round advancement.

11. All contestants must be ready and willing to perform earlier or later than their scheduled time due to any cancellations or unforeseen schedule changes.

12. All works must be performed from memory.

13. The same piece may not be performed more than once over the course of the Competition.

14. Actual timing of each work performed must be stated accurately based on the contestant’s time of performance and not from a third party recording of the piece. The length of the program may not exceed the allotted time as stated in the repertoire requirements. Applications with repertoire that exceed the allotted time, or actual timing that is listed incorrectly will be rejected. If the repertoire submitted is rejected due to repertoire length, a re-submission will be allowed. The late fee will apply if the resubmission occurs after the first deadline. No exceptions will be considered or permitted.

15. The Jury has the right to: a) stop the contestants during the performance for any reason. b) withhold awards if entrants fail to reach the required standards. c) share prizes (except Advanced Category 1st Prize) amongst an established number of finalists.

16. Contacting Jury members before or during the competition is not permitted.

17. No member of the Jury or Board of Directors may present his or her current student at the Competition. A current student is defined as having studied within the previous 12 months. Attending or performing at Master Classes is not applicable for this rule.

18. All decisions of the Jury are final.

19. Round advancement and prizewinners shall be posted at the competition site and online. There will be no other communication from the Competition to contestants regarding results. 

20. All prizewinners must perform in the Winners Concert in order to receive awards. Monetary prizes will be paid via US Bank check within 15 days of the conclusion of the competition.

21. Performances will be recorded and the Competition reserves the right to broadcast any part of or the entire competition live on our website. All rights are reserved by the San Jose International Piano Competition. Contestants are not entitled to any fees or royalties.

22. The San Jose International Piano Competition is open to the public.

23. Photography or video recording of contestants during contestants’ performances and the Winner’s Concert is strictly forbidden. Contestants may order a professional recording of the Final Round and the Winners Concert.

24. All contestants are responsible for their own expenses. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All information on this website was correct when posted. However, the San Jose International Piano Competition reserves the right to make changes if circumstances dictate. The competition daily schedule may be revised in order to adjust for the number of contestants in each category, and / or the number of contestants who proceed to subsequent rounds. Note: the competition organizers do not dictate the specific number of contestants who proceed to subsequent rounds, as the jury makes this decision. All contestants are encouraged to check the competition website prior to making travel arrangements. Advanced contestants over the age of 18 and traveling alone who require a host family must check the appropriate box on the application. Host families are not guaranteed A list of accepted contestants shall be posted on our website by May 1, 2017. Please do not contact the Competition regarding the status of your application prior to May 1, 2017 unless you need to apply for a visa. All visa requests should be sent to Chairman Dan Morgan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..