2018 United States Classical International Concerto Competition

      2018 United States Classical International Concerto Competition is open to all instrumentalists (piano, woodwinds, strings, brass, traditional, folk, etc.) with any nationality of any age.

    · Filled completed application form. Press the "DOWNLOAD" button to download the application form.

    · A copy of the birth certificate, or the other official proof of age (I.D., Passport, etc.)

    · Biography of the application in word format (not to exceed 200 words). It can be included education background, awards and performance
      experience and significant artistic achievement.

    · High quality portrait photo in electronic format, to be used for the winner concert brochure printing.

    · All participants are required to submit hard copy of video/audio or link (YouTube, Google Drive, DropBox or the other permanent files sharing
      services) of applicants’ performance (hard copy is no need if YouTube link is provided in the application form).

    · A non-refundable application fee- $160 for Elementary and Junior group, $180 for Senior and Artist group; each member is $120 for ensemble.

             U.S. participants should make a money order or personal check payable to: BC Virtuoso International  and mail to: 
​                                                        BC Virtuoso International                                                                                    
                                                        Attn: Steven Chen   
                                                        9050 Church Street, 

                                                        Twinsburg, OH44087  
            Participants who are living outside of United States can make a certified bank check or international money order payable to:
​             BC Virtuoso International
    Notes: Completed application form, a copy of the birth certificate, biography, portrait photo and audio/video link can be sent directly
      to  [email protected]  or [email protected]
                  Mail hard copy of video/video and application fee to:
                                                         BC Virtuoso International                                                                                   
                                                         Attn: Steven Chen   
                                                         9050 Church Street, 

                                                         Twinsburg, OH44087


Application Deadline:
    The application package acceptance will be not later than September 26, 2018.

    Competition results will be published no later than October 3, 2018.

Age Categories:
                          Elementary: up to 9 years old
                          Junior: 10-14 years
                          Senior: 15-18 years
                          Artist: 19 years and older

          First to Third Prize Winners will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City
       ·  Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
        * Some special awards may be granted based on the jury’s recommendations.

     Applicants must submit video/audio recording of
    · One single movement or complete Concerto with NO time limit. Accompaniment can be done with orchestra or piano.  AND

    · Any solo compositions can be chosen, from Baroque, to contemporary musical period, which must be performed in the winner concert.  
      Applicants may choose a single work or a variety of shorter pieces. A movement of a sonata is also acceptable. The time limit for solo piece as
                                Elementary (up to 9 years old): under 5 minutes
                                Junior (10-14): under 5 minutes
                                Senior (15-18): under 6 minutes
                                Artist (19 and older): under 7 minutes

Competition Rules:
    · Multiple winners will be chosen for each category to perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

    · Video/audio materials should be a fair representation of the contestants’ abilities, and professional quality is preferred, but not necessary. Hard
      copy of video/audio must be labeled (including applicants’ name and exact duration of the music).

    · Contestants must perform from memory. Repeats are not necessary.

    · The hard copy of video/audio submitted will not be returned.

    · Judges comments will not be reviewed and the decision from the competition committee is the final, cannot be appealed.

    · No changes of repertoires are allowed after application package is submitted.

    · All winners are responsible for their expense for appearing in the winner concert.

    · The competition committee holds the copyright of recording for process of competition, award Ceremony and winner’s concerts and winners            solo recital/concert series.

    · The competition committee has the right to make use of the pictures/photos contestants submitted and taken in the winners concert for                     publicity of competition.
    ·  The committee of competition holds the copyright of recording for process of competition and pictures. During the competition process,                     pictures and recording are absolutely prohibited. Once found, the qualification for participation of competition will be forfeited.
·  The committee of competition has the right, without being obliged to pay any form of remuneration to either competitors or their managers,             including commission radio, television, video, film and recital/concert recordings and/or images of all the performances.

    ·  All prizewinners have obligation for performing in all concerts/recitals arranged or presented by competition committee within three years.

    · The committee will provide invitations to all foreign winners to obtain their own passports and visas.

    · The competition committee reserves the right to make any changes into the rules, dates, schedules and all the other information related to the
      competition and winners concert. All rights reserved by Director of Competition and Competition Committee.

    · Application fee, winner concert and photo fees are not refundable under any circumstances.

    · The final result will be based solely on the video/audio recording submitted.

    · Winner Certificates will be granted to the performing winners only, after the Winner concert.  The Competition committee, however, allows the       winners who are living presently outside of United States, and who are living in United States with emergency issues NOT to participate in winners Concert in Carnegie Hall. The competition committee will be mailing the certificate to the winners after submiting absence application and paying the mailing fee $280. 

Winner Concert:

    · Winners will be selected from each of the five instrument categories (piano, string, woodwinds, brass and others), as well as in each age group.

    · Only the solo piece from the video/audio materials submitted can be performed at the winner concert. And the performance time limit as
      the performance time limit as following:
                        Elementary (up to 9 years old):  under 5 minutes
                        Junior (10-14): under 5 minutes
                        Senior (15-18): under 6 minutes
                        Artist (19 and older): under 7 minutes
           Extra performance time up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Concert with $120 additional fee.
    · Each winner will need to perform at winner concert. Recital date and time will be offered to the winner arranged by competition committee.

    · No acoustic system will be provided.
    · During the performance in winner concert, pictures and recording are absolutely prohibited. Once found, the qualification of winner will be
      forfeited based on the Carnegie Hall policy. A professional photography will be taking picture for the performers.
    · The total concert and photo fee for solo winners is $390:
      ---$290 winner concert fee, including entry admission for winner, recital booklets with all concert performers’ biographies and photos, winner
          certificate, teacher’s diploma, four guests’ tickets.
      ---$100 photo fee, including set of digital photos taken by a professional photographer during winners’ performance on the stage of Weill Recital
          Hall of Carnegie Hall.
    · Winner concert and photo fees are not refundable under any circumstances.

    · Detailed Winner Concert guidelines will be emailed to winners after the result are published.