Competition Dates: July 27thand 28th, 2024

Application Deadline: July 10th, 2024

*The deadline dates above are Pacific Standard Time (PST). All applications are due before 11:59PM on the listed due dates.


Open to pianists(all nationalities) aged 5 to 18.

Application Fee

Solo Division: $150/person

*All application fee are not refundable.


1.First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Places and Special Awards will be given to the selected winners. There might be tied winners.

2.The First, Second, and Third Place Winners of each category will be invited to perform at the winners recital at California State University Long Beach on July 28th, 2024.

3.The Top Winners will be invited to perform in the winners recital at Carnegie Hall in 2025. The travel and accommodation fee will not be covered by the competition committee. Each winner needs to submit a recital fee $450/winner for Carnegie Hall winners recital participation.

*If any first place winners are not able to perform in the concert, the second place winners of what category with the highest score(s) will be nominated to perform.

4.Selected Winners will have the opportunity to participate at the Masterclass with Yale University piano professor Melvin Chen in Irvine in December 2024.

5.Competition certificates and medals will be awarded to all prize winners.

6.The jury’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

7.The Irvine International Music Competition Committee reserves all the rights.


Category A: Age 5-7 (born after September 1st, 2016)

Category B: Age 8-10 (born after September 1st, 2013)

Category C: Age 11-13 (born after September 1st, 2008)

Category D: Age 14-16 (born after September 1st, 2005)

Category E: Age 17-18 (born after September 1st, 2003)

Repertoire Requirement

Category A – Applicants’ choice of repertoire with limit of 4 min.

Category B – Applicants’ choice of repertoire with limit of 4 min.

Category C - Applicants’ choice of repertoire with limit of 5 min.

Category D - Applicants’ choice of repertoire with limit of 7 min.

Category E- Applicants’ choice of repertoire with limit of 8 min. 

Judging Criteria

0-10 Technique (accuracy, clarity, tone quality, articulation, intonation)

0-10 Interpretation (musicality, style, balance, tempo, rhythm, pedaling, imagination) 

0-10 Musical achievement (level of repertoire, stage presence, memorization, artistry)

Total: 30 points