International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz

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16/04/2019 - 24/04/2019
Kiev, Ukraine

The competition was founded in 1995 and is held in memory of Ukraine’s legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz. It has become a centre of musical and cultural – educational life of Ukraine.

In 2012 the competition was part of the cultural programme of the UEFA Euro 2012 in Ukraine/Poland.

The competition is organised by the International Charitable Fund of Vladimir Horowitz. This foundation is very active in the promotion of the young prize winners and many exchange programmes have been established with other competitions and organizations to enable talented young musicians to perform all over Europe and the world. Examples include the world music festival “Virtuosos of the Planet”, the International Festival “Kyiv Summer Music Evenings” and the International Summer Music Academy. Seven compact discs with the recordings of laureates’ performance as well as two discs of multimedia encyclopedia of the competition have been produced. In 2000 the competition became one of the founders of the Association of Academic Musical Competitions of Ukraine which consists of the most recognized competitions in the country. It is also a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions as the upper limit of the senior category addresses professional musicians above the age limit of EMCY Member Competitions. Read more

The competition has information about laureates, concerts and events also on Facebook.



International Charitable Found of Vladimir Horowitz Competition


Every year (alternately for Debut/Junior and for Intermediate/Senior)

Age range

1 – 33 (4 age categories)


Depending on age category

Next competition

To be announced 2019



Age range: is opened to young pianists of all nationalities, born after April 18, 2004.

The Competition in Group “Horowitz – Debut” is held in four separate groups.

Junior group

Age range: is opened to young pianists of all nationalities, born between April 19, 2003 and April 19, 2009.


Candidates should provide the following documents:

  • the application form filled out on the web site of the Competitions www.horowitzv.org with the duration of each piece;
  • professional video recording (DVD) of the programme of the participant’s choice, but with obligatory performance of a virtuoso etude; performance duration is from 10 to 15 minutes; the record should be made not earlier than 2016 and placed on the channel www.youtube.com, the link on it should be given in the application form; the participants from China can place their videos on www.youku.com
  • xerocopy of birth certificate or passport
  • two  pictures, suitable for printing in a booklet, and taken not earlier than 2016
  • copies of documents confirming previous competitions awards

Application fee

50 $ for ”Horowitz-debut” group

70 $ for Junior group



1st Group “A” Elementary

Program of the participant’s choice.
Performance duration – 10 minutes.

2nd Group “B” Elementary

Program of the participant’s choice with obligatory performance of Etude.
Performance duration -15 minutes.

3rd Group “C” Advanced

Program of the participant’s choice with obligatory performance:

– Sonata (1st or 2nd-3rd parts) or variations;

– Virtuoso composition

Performance duration -20 minutes.

4th Group “D” Advanced

Performance of a part of Concerto for piano with orchestra (accompanied by another piano).


First Round – Performance duration is up to 20 minutes.
1. Bach. One Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier
2. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, (on the participant’s choice). I or II-III parts of Sonata
3. Clementi, Czerny (op. 740), Moszkowski, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff (on the participant’s choice). One virtuoso etude.
4. A piece of Ukrainian composer

Second Round – Performance duration is up to 20 minutes.
1. Obligatory work (look at Attachment № 1 “List of obligatory works for the Second Round”)
2. One or more pieces by composers from Romantic period to present time.

Third Round
First movement or second and third movements of a concerto. One-movement-concerto is performed in complete volume (look at Attachment № 2 “List of works for the Third Round”).


Junior group

  • 1st Prize -$2,000 USA, the title of the Prize-winner and the Gold Medal;
  • 2nd Prize – $1,500 USA, the title of the Prize-winner and the Silver Medal;
  • 3rd Prize – $1,000 USA, the title of the Prize-winner and the Bronze Medal;
  • 4th Prize – $600 USA, the title of the Prize-winner;
  • 5th Prize – $300 USA, the title of the Prize-winner;
  • 6th Prize – $200 USA, the title of the Prize-winner.

The Prizes are awarded according to the jury’s decision.

"Horowitz - Debut"

Winners of the Group “D” Advanced take part in the Closing Concert with the orchestra in the Lysenko Column Hall of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine.

The winners of the Competition in group “Horowitz – Debut” receive diplomas and gifts, and take part in the Closing Concert of the Competition.


Visit original competition page www.horowitzv.org Facebook

Prize winners