- The submission deadline for the Round 1 audition video recording is 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.
All entrants receive a digital certificate of participation and written feedback on their audition. This will be emailed to the email address provided at the time of registration.
- 18 musicians in each category will qualify for Round 2, and 3 from each will win the Grand Prize: a trip to Vienna to perform in front of a live audience, televised, at the Großer Saal - Wiener Konzerthaus (Grand Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus) on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.
- $50 application fee included within $195 is non-refundable.
- Please ensure the candidate meets all the eligibility requirements for this category by reading the Rules and Regulations.
Here's what you have to do:
- Click the PROCEED TO CHECKOUT button above and pay the application fee by 11:59 PM (EST) Wednesday, December 21, 2022.
- Submit your video audition by 11:59 PM (EST), Wednesday, December 21, 2022.
You can do this at any time by logging into your Classicalia Account and clicking the "CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT OR CHANGE AUDITION VIDEO URL" link.
When I first discovered the Classicalia competition, there was no hesitation, only excitement to take on this amazing opportunity to perform! No other competition that I know of takes the time to tell the participants stories online while providing a chance for televised performance and a concerto in historic Europe. The feedback from the adjudicators was helpful for me to proceed with my learning. Classicalia is a fresh new take on piano competitions that can help young musicians like myself share our music with the world!
When a family friend first told me about Classicalia, I was a bit skeptical. The pandemic had made me weary of online competitions: sometimes YouTube analytics showed that my video-submissions had not even been listened to, so I started to regard online competitions as mere money-grabs. But when we found out that the Classicalia finalists would get to perform live with an orchestra at the Wiener Konzerthaus, I was like a light switched on. I mean, some of MY IDOLS perform on that gorgeous gilded Großer Saal stage! This was a goal worth striving for!
Even if I hadn’t made it past Classicalia's first round, I would not have regretted taking part. My adjudicator listened very closely: that much was clear from his juicy, honest, hugely enriching feedback. It was like a competition and masterclass rolled into one. Those who made it to the second round were interviewed over zoom. Though I can be shy, I felt comfortable one-on-one with Andrea Warren, and talking about music and life helped me strengthen and clarify my vision as an artist.
They put together our interviews with our first- and second-round pieces, and it was so cool to see the finished cuts of each contestant roll out on the Classicalia Facebook page over the weeks that followed. I was like, "OMG, he’s amazing, we HAVE to play four-hand rep one day!" Then there was a singer on the other side of the planet I just had to get in touch with! I loved discovering my musical peers throughout the world this way. I just know we’re going to be making music together, even beyond Classicalia!
I was so blown-away by my fellow contestants that I’m still in shock I made it as far as I did! It was very exciting to be part of the “PBS play-offs,” with finalists playing at three different filming locations up to nine time-zones apart. Everyone from the moderator and the make-up artist to the cameramen (who let us try out the giant slider-track camera) did their best to put us at ease. Soon, we “rivals” were joking around and playing music for each other other backstage. It felt like a big party MC-ed by Classicalia.
I am so grateful to Classicalia for the love they put into this! At every stage of the competition, they found new ways to expand our horizons through every imaginable means of promotion, motivation, and support. With a team like Classicalia behind me, I will never say "I" again. I will be like legendary singer Marianne Anderson, who always said WE, because she recognized that no artist does it alone. And so: Our heartiest thanks for this golden opportunity! We can’t wait to share the Konzerthaus stage, and we wish all future participants the best of luck!
Classicalia is a great opportunity to test your personal limits and explore a new and innovative path. It's also a cool location, great promotion and a top-class jury and very caring and nice Classicalia team. We felt very well looked after during the entire application phase. And of course the unique opportunity to play with an orchestra in the final at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Joining the Classicalia competition was a very special experience. You had to submit different pieces for different stages, which makes you able to show your many strengths in musical performance. I liked the interview part best because I could share my thoughts with my audience. I would definitely convince my friends to apply for Classicalia because it would open a new door to the music world.
Classicalia is truly one of the best competitions I have ever participated in. There are many things that this competition excels at, but there is one aspect that really moves me. This competition is so supportive of young musicians. They offer many promoting and performing opportunities. I got chances to receive interviews and recording experiences which is really interesting. In these difficult times, what Classicalia has done really makes me emotional.