Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are frequently queried regarding the SIPF’s international piano competition.

  1. When will I be notified about the results of the preliminary round?
  2. How do I submit my audio?
  3. Is there any other address I can send my package to?
  4. When is the final round of the competition?
  5. To whom should I make my check payable?
  6. Do I have to play the same music in the final round as the preliminary CD?
  7. My son is 18 and will be enrolled in a conservatory in the Fall. Should he apply for the Youth category, or Collegiate?
  8. Is there any age limit?
  9. I see special prizes for awards like, “Best Performance of a Sonata by Domenico Scarlatti.” Should I include a piece like that on my preliminary recording?

Q: When will I be notified about the results of the preliminary round?

A: Review of preliminary round CDs will be made throughout the months of June and July, and all participants will be notified of their status shortly on or after August 1. It is important to be patient while awaiting these results.

Q: How do I upload my audio? I do not see a link.

A: New in 2019, we are asking for links to your YouTube videos directly on the application form. If you missed that part, you may write to us at info@seattlepianocompetition.org and ask to have your application updated.

Q: We are mailing our submission via UPS. They tell us that we need a physical address, not a PO Box number. Is there any other address I can send my package to?

A: Since 2015, the SIPF now accepts online registration only. Audio files in the form of video links are accepted on the application form. There should no longer be a need to mail physical materials. However, the SIPF does allow participants to follow up with a mailed physical documents if that is necessary. The only address to which participants may send is: SIPF, P.O. Box 3035, Issaquah, WA 98027-0136. Note that couriers like UPS do not deliver to a PO Box number. As long as any materials are postmarked by the deadline of the competition, it may arrive after the electronic form has been submitted.

Q: When is the final round of the competition?

A: The final round of the 2019 Seattle International Piano Competition takes place October 12-14. Finalists will be notified of all the appropriate travel and location info along with their notice of finalist status. Participants can expect notification shortly after August 1.

Q: To whom should I make my check payable?

A: Since 2015, the SIPF no longer accepts checks. The electronic application form has visa or master card integration. You should be able to pay through your credit card at the end of the application process.

Q: Do I have to play the same music in the final round as the preliminary CD?

A: No. The participant is free to change repertoire from that which he or she submitted through preliminary recordings. Participants are free, also, to have the same music. There is no penalty or judgement for against having the same or different repertoire. In fact, the final round judges are different from the preliminary listening committee. If you are invited to compete in the final round in October, the jurors will not know what you submitted on your CD. The only exception to this are Amateur participants – preliminary jurors may suggest one of the works submitted.

Q: My son is 18 and will be enrolled in a conservatory in the Fall. Should he apply for the Youth category, or Collegiate?

A: Although there may be an apparent overlap in ages between the Youth (14-18) and Collegiate categories, since the 2011 rules, we have made a distinction that if the participant will be enrolled in a college program in piano studies for the future academic year, that participant should nonetheless enroll as a Youth (14-18) participant.

Q: I am a pianist, age 32, interested in entering the Seattle competition in 2019 as a professional. Is there any age limit?

A: No, there are no age limits for your category. Some categories do have a minimum age, which you can find under the rules on the Competition page; though, of course, youth categories do have a maximum age.

Q: I am interested in entering your competition. I am 39 years old, I am finishing my MM Degree and I will continue as a DMA student in Piano Performance this fall. I would like to know if I am able to apply for the Professional Artist Category at the Piano Competition – SIPF.

A: Professional participants have either an earned masters degree (or its equivalent) and are working in the field, or are currently in a terminal music degree program. However, the qualifying date is that during which one applies to the competition. If you should wait until the application deadline, your status at that time will determine your eligibility. So, if your completion of studies takes place on or before this date, you may apply as a Professional participant.

Q: I see special prizes for awards like, “Best Performance of a Sonata by Antonio Soler.” Should I include a piece like that on my preliminary recording?

A: Our preliminary committees will not take those works into consideration. The first is a qualifying round only to determine which participants will be invited as finalists and which are semi-finalists (alternates). The special awards of note, such as the one you mention, are special prizes that the final round jury will award among the six invited participants during the October final round. So, you need not worry about this for the preliminary recording.