International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz

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11/10/2020 - 21/10/2020
Kiev, Ukraine

** Due to the epidemiological situation in the world and the appearance of Coronavirus around Europe the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz is postponed to October 2020 **

Among the cultural and art measures that promote Ukraine’s integration with the world community the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz figures prominently.

Since 2002, the Competition has became a member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) and since 2004 it is the only one Competition in Ukraine that has become a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC). In October-November 2008 during the VIII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz were held EMCY General Assembly.

The Competition was founded in 1995 commemorates a memory of the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz, who was born and educated in Kyiv (Ukraine).

The Competition is shared on three stages and holding during three years:
–         1st year (groups “Horowitz-Debut” and Junior Group)
–         2nd  (Intermediate Group)
–         3rd (Senior Group)

Victory in the Competition is honorable and high recommendation for a performer.
Part of the active cooperation between world competitions is the exchange of prize winners, who thanks to this have the opportunity to perform in different countries of the world.
The Competition has information about laureates, concerts and events also on Facebook.



International Charitable Found of Vladimir Horowitz Competition


The participants should be aged up to 33 years old.
The competition has four rounds: three concert rounds, solemn awards ceremony and final concert of the laureates.


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

Next deadline



Candidates should provide the following documents:

  • the application form filled out on the web site of the Competitions with the duration of each piece;
  • a high-quality video recording with a program including a virtuoso etude performed by the applicant (10 to 15 minutes). The video recording must be uploaded on YouTube and a link to the recording is requested in the application form (section «Qualifying Round»);
  • a copy of the birth certificate or passport;
  • a copy of the identification code (for citizens of Ukraine);
  • a half-length digital photo (300 dpi), suitable for printing in a booklet and taken no earlier than one year before submitting the application form;
  • copies of documents confirming previous awards, if any, in music competitions;
  • the participation fee is 100 U.S. dollars or the equivalent sum in the national currency of Ukraine at the rate of the National Bank of Ukraine, and is to be paid during registration.


Age range: is opened to young pianists of all nationalities,  born between 20 April 1987 and 20 April 2004.
The Competition is held in four separate groups.

Applicants who are currently students of a Jury member or have a familial relationship with a Jury member are not allowed to participate in the Competition.

The Qualifying Round on the basis of documents and video recordings will take place in Kyiv in February 2020. Having considered the Qualifying Round submissions, the Administration will determine the participants for the First Round of the Competition and will publish the list of participants on the website www.horowitzv.org by 25 February 2020.

Invitations to the Competition will be sent to participants by 10 March 2020. All participants who receive invitations must notify the Competition Administration of the precise date and time of their arrival by 01 April 2020.

Foreign participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. Applicants may contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Ukraine for advice on these matters.


Qualifying Round            
Program of applicant’s choice with a required performance of a virtuoso etude.
The performance should last 10 to 15 minutes.

First Round
1. J. S. Bach. One Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier.
2. M. Clementi, J. Hummel, J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. Beethoven (participant’s choice) – One complete sonata.
3. F. Chopin, F. Liszt, S. Rachmaninoff, A. Scriabin, C. Debussy, I. Stravinsky, D. Ligeti (participant’s choice) – One virtuoso etude.
4. A piece by a Ukrainian composer.
The performance should last up to 35 minutes.

Second Round
1. A required composition (see Attachment No.1, «List of required repertoire for the Second Round»).
2. One or more piece(s) of choice by composers from the Romantic period to the present time.
The performance should last up to 45 minutes.

Third Round
Passes in two stages

І stage – performance of the declared concerto of the «Viennese classics» in complete (see the Attachment No.2 «Works for the Third round») – six finalists;

ІІ stage – performance of the declared concerto by composers from the Romantic period to the present time (see the Attachment No.2 «Works for the Third round») – three winners of the first stage 

The program submitted in the Application Form cannot be changed after 25 February 2020. In case of any discrepancy in the interpretation of these Conditions, the Ukrainian version shall prevail.



The Prizes are awarded according to the Jury’s decision.
The 1st Prize – $10,000 USA, the title of the Prizewinner and the Gold Medal;
The 2nd Prize – $7,500 USA, the title of the Prizewinner and the Silver Medal;
The 3rd Prize – $5,000 USA, the title of the Prizewinner and the Bronze Medal;

The 4th Prize – $2,000 USA, the title of the Prizewinner;
The 5th Prize – $1,500 USA, the title of the Prizewinner;
The 6th Prize – $1,000 USA, the title of the Prizewinner.


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