Monday, May 4 at 11:59 pm, marks the deadline for the first ever 2015 Virtuoso Festival. There are still four more days to enter. The following age performance divisions and age categories outlines all forms of participation within the Virtuoso Festival.
Solo Division (piano or violin)
- age 8 and under—up to 5 minutes of music. Fee: $45
- ages 9 to 10—up to 6 minutes of music. Fee: $50
- ages 11 to 12—up to 9 minutes of music. Fee: $60
- ages 13 to 14—up to 12 minutes of music. Fee: $70
- ages 15 to 16—up to 12 minutes of music. Fee: $70
- ages 17 to 18—up to 12 minutes of music. Fee: $70
- collegiate—up to 12 minutes of music. Fee: $70
- adults, age 19 or older—up to 12 minutes of music. Fee: $70
- professional—up to 12 minutes of music. Fee: $70
Chamber Music Division (all performers must qualify within the same age category)
- ages 13 and under—up to 10 minutes of music. Fee: $25 per participant
- ages 14 to 18—up to 12 minutes of music. Fee: $30 per participant
- collegiate—12 minutes. Fee: $30 per participant
- adults, age 19 or older—12 minutes. Fee: $30 per participant
- professional—12 minutes. Fee: $30 per participant
Grand Prix Division (piano only)
- ages 12 to 18—two works (see below) up to 18 minutes. Fee: $100
Pianists entering the Grand Prix division, who are eligible for prize money, must select two (and only two) works for solo piano — one work by Frédéric Chopin, and one work by Franz Liszt. At least one of the two works must be a virtuosic selection. Two virtuosic works are admissible; however, two lyrical or cantilena style works are inadmissible. Again, the SIPF advisory board reserves the right to refuse a selection that challenges the boundaries of what might be considered virtuosic. Both works must fit within 18 minutes.
Up to three gold medalists will be selected, with cash prizes of $200 each. Up to three second prize winners may also be selected with cash prizes of $100 each. Gold medalists will also be guaranteed a master class with one of the international jurors during the 2015 Seattle International Piano Festival & Competition taking place between October 16 and 19, 2015 at Benaroya Hall.