The LIVE STREAMING will take place between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm and the gala will be streamed at 8:00 pm


About us

The Transylvanian International Piano Competition is organized for the first time between the 12th – 16th of July 2017. Through this new and bold endeavour we aim to promote the best and most exquisite pianists that we can select and connect them to the international circuit of musicians, managers and visual artists who can help them throughout their careers. Our purpose is also to connect the winners with important figures in the artistic business and to educate them on how to behave in such surroundings.

How do we do that? Brasov is a culture-loving town in the middle of the nature, a beautiful warm and welcoming environment where artists can be brought together to interact. We encourage everyone to drop bad emotions and stress and to be free and open-minded with the people with whom they meet and their interpretation of the music they play because we are not looking for the best technicians in the world, but for the most creative and professional artists. “Be yourself” is our motto!

Think of us as a stepping stone where you can learn about the inner workings of the art world, discover how and where you can make new contacts and, if you have what it takes, how to land amazing concert opportunities throughout Europe.

Our team is composed from a variety of internationally renowned musicians, music-loving artists, business people, managers, recording masters, photographers and design artists who have created this event to promote YOU through a competition that values ethics, fairness and a high level of performance above everything else.

So don’t wait and sign up to embark on one of the most amazing experiences among the piano competitions.




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Competition Rules

- The 1st Transylvanian International Piano Competition will take place from July 12th to July 16th, 2017, in Brasov, Romania.
- The competition is open to all pianists around the world between the ages of 7 – 28 years old. For further details, please read section II of the rules.
- The candidate must submit the application form; according to the instructions given in “How to Apply” (see Section IX).
- Upon arrival, each contestant is asked to present himself in the foyer of the Patria Concert Hall to register and to get a name tag for verification.
- All applications will be screened by the organizers.
- Candidates who study with a Jury member (not including Master Classes), are allowed to participate but their teacher will not be able to mark their performance.
- All stages of the competition will be open to the public.
- The competition is designed to suit the needs of professional pianists and young pianists who aspire to have a musical career.

- Category A, 7 - 11 years old – 13th of July 2017
- Category B, 12 – 15 years old – 13th of July 2017
- Category C, 16 – 18 years old – 14th of July 2017

Categories A, B and C will have their own prize awarding ceremony on the 14th of July in the evening.

- Category D, Young Artists, 19 – 28 years old – 15th to 16th of July

ATTENTION! The prize winners of the Young Artists category will perform one piece selected by the jury on the 16th of July for the prize awarding ceremony which will be streamed live online.

- Contestants should not be older than the given age limit at the time of their audition.
- Upon written request, contestants can apply for an older age category than their own.
- Contestants are required to present themselves to the concert hall at least 30 minutes before the audition. Any latecomers will not be admitted to their audition.
- Contestants will enter their auditions in alphabetical order.


- Category A, 7 - 11 years old
  Free choice program of maximum 10 – 15 minutes

- Category B, 12 – 15 years old
  Free choice program of maximum 15 – 20 minutes

- Category C, 16 – 18 years old
  Free choice program of maximum 20 – 25 minutes

- Category D, Young Artists, 19 – 28 years old

1st Round
a. One Prelude and Fugue from the ”Well Tempered Clavier” by Bach.
b. An Etude by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Scriabin, Bartòk, Rachmaninov, Kessler, Rubinstein, Moscheles, Mendelssohn, Lutoslawski, Prokofiev
c. One or more movements from a classical Sonata (you can include Schubert)
The first round should not last longer than 20 minutes.

2nd Round
Free choice program with the recommendation to include one cycle of pieces or a whole longer piece of the Romantic or Modern time period.
The second round should not last longer than 45 minutes. Works previously played in the first round should not be included in the repertoire for the second round.
The 2nd round of the Young Artists category will be streamed live online.


- The competitor shall choose editions that adhere to the original text.
- All pieces must be performed from memory.
- The competitor shall play only those pieces which she/he has stated on the Application Form. For changes please inform the secretary of the competition at least one week before the performance.
- Approximate timings of all pieces chosen must be indicated on the Application Form.
- The competitor must ensure that the time limits stipulated for each age category in the competition Rules, shall not be exceeded.
- Competitors who adhere to the given time limits will not be interrupted.
- The pieces may be performed with or without repeats, at the competitor’s discretion.
- All decisions of the Jury shall be final and cannot be appealed


- All prizes will be awarded unless the jury unanimously decides not to award one or more of the prizes.
- In case of a tie, the Jury may decide to split a prize between two competitors.
- For the Young Artists section, the 1st Prize will not be divided.
- All prize money is subject to tax under Romanian taxation laws.

Category A, 7 - 11 years old
   1st prize of € 300
   2nd prize - € 150
   3rd prize - € 75

Category B, 12 – 15 years old
   1st prize of € 400
   2nd prize - € 200
   3rd prize - € 100

Category C, 16 – 18 years old
   1st prize of € 500
   2nd prize - € 250
   3rd prize - € 125

Category D, Young Artists, 19 – 28 years old
   1st Prize of € 1.500, plus
     - Concert engagements in Romania, Italy and Austria
     - Professional photoshoot in Vienna and CV editing
     - The chance to work with Aegeria Artists Management e.U. from Vienna for at least one year.
   2nd Prize - € 800
   3rd Prize - € 500

Additional prizes, as well as engagements offered to the prizewinners, will be announced on the competition website and in the competition program


- Concert in the Patria Concert Hall and in the German Forum in Brasov
- Concert in the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest
- Concert in the Romanian Cultural Institute of Vienna, private concerts & other engagements in Austria
- Concert in the Leggature Festival in Gioia del Colle, Italy

Competitors, who have been exclusively represented by official and/or commercial management prior to the competition, are requested to inform the organizers about such agreements.
A list of engagements will be published in the competition program. Scheduling of these engagements will take into account any prior commitments of the winners


© Copyright 2017 Transylvanian International Piano Competition
The name and any materials related to the competition are property of the organizers and are a registered trademark.
Full copyright is held by the Cultural Association Visio-Musica and/or its assignees and licensees.
All stages of the competition may be broadcasted and streamed live and may be recorded and videotaped for subsequent broadcast, video, DVD, audio recording or equivalent or any other format/media use. It is anticipated that CD recordings of selected competition performances will be commercially produced, that a documentary of the competition incorporating selected performances will be produced for television, and that the competition will be made available on the internet and /or an equivalent media. Camera crews may photograph all competition events.
Neither the organization of the Transylvanian International Piano Competition nor its assignees or licensees may be held liable for any payments to pianists arising out of materials derived from competition performances.
On request, you can have pictures taken during the playing or after (in the concert hall) for a fee of € 20 and an audio recording also for a fee of € 20.


All travel expenses are to be paid by the competitors.
The suggested flight is to Bucharest where you will take a bus that will bring you to Brasov. Please contact us for further information.
For any information regarding the travel, please contact us at


Each competitor shall find an accommodation on his own or ask via e-mail at if they wish to get some suggestions.
Practice rooms will be provided at the Music High School “Tudor Ciortea” Brașov. Upon arrival, every competitor will get a fairly split amount of hours to practice and the room number for each day until the audition, depending on the number of candidates.


1. All applications must be submitted online OR via e-mail to:
OR via regular mail to the following address: str. Trotus, nr. 14, Brasov 500123, Romania
2. Application will commence on April 4th 2017, and must be submitted by July 1st, 2017.
3. All documents must be submitted in English or Romanian. If the original is in a different language, a correct English or Romanian translation must be attached to the original.
4. Only complete applications will be considered.
5. All documents listed below (a – h) must be uploaded through the online application.

Requisite documents
a. Birth certificate or any other official document establishing the age of the applicant.
b. Biography (curriculum vitae) which should include details of musical activity.
c. List of performances, solo and with orchestras, including names of orchestras, conductors, venues and dates. (if available)
d. Articles, reviews, press releases etc. (if available)
e. List of awards received in national and international competitions. (if available)
f. The name of your school/university and names of teachers.
g. A high-resolution photograph.
h. Registration fee:

- Category A, 7 - 11 years old: € 50
- Category B, 12 - 15 years old: € 50
- Category C, 16 - 18 years old: € 60
- Category D, Young Artists, 19 - 28 years old: € 70

Please transfer the proper amount for your age category to this account:

Name: Asociatia Culturala Visio-Musica
Address: Str. Trotus, Nr. 14, Brasov 500123, Romania
IBAN (account no.):
- IBAN for RON: RO64 RZBR 0000 0600 1931 7373
- IBAN for EURO: RO73 RZBR 0000 0600 1931 7405

and attach the invoice of the registration fee payment online or in your application e-mail or a copy in the envelope you send per post.

6. Confirmation of receipt of the application will arrive as soon as possible.
7. Receipt of documents sent by regular mail will be confirmed by email.
8. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance to the competition will be sent to the applicants by email, by July 1st, 2017.
9. The application fee is without exception non-refundable.


Stefan Arnold - University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna & Hanns Eisler University of Berlin
Pavel Eliashevich - Herzen University Institute of Music, St. Petersburg
Corina Ibănescu - ”Transilvania” University, Faculty of Music, Brasov
Paola Sorrentino - Pianist & Artistic Director of the “Pietro Argento” competition, Italy
Ioan - Dragos Dimitriu – Pianist and Manager/Artistic Director of the competition, Romania/Austria

The Romanian version of the Rules and Regulations is the binding text.


Application form online


Asociatia Culturala Visio-Musica

Str. Trotuș, no. 14, Brașov 500123, Romania
0043 660 56 26 385