International Youth Competition

Welcome to International Music Competition page!
In the General Information page, please find the information about the competition and all the key dates for audition, recital and other events.

General Information

Crescendo International Music Competition is a youth music competition held annually since 2007. 

 We will be holding competitions in various establishments throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia from November 2020 to February 2021.


Crescendo International Music Competition is open to all instrumentalists (Piano, Strings and Winds), vocalists, duets and ensembles ages 5-22.

Participants will be grouped according to their age on the date of their auditions: 


  • One selection of Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern work must be chosen and performed from memory. Arrangements, simplified editions, popular music and/or non-classical music from method books are not acceptable.
  • One composition per application will be accepted.
  • Participants may apply to auditions more than once (performing on another instrument/voice, or being part of ensemble).
  • No changes in the submitted repertoire may be made once a contestant is admitted: the same composition must be performed at both rounds of the competition.
  • No repeats are allowed at the audition performances.
  • "Shortened" version won't be accepted.


First round. Audition.

Auditions will be held via video recording submissions, live video conferencing, and if venues permit - in person.

If you are submitting the video you do not need to go to auditions in person or via zoom.


Auditions will be held at the following audition centers:

1. Online Video Submission - December 12, 2021 - prerecorded;


Second round: Performance.

Participants who achieved First, Second or Third place scores at the auditions are eligible to participate in the Second Round of the competition. They may choose one online or in-person recital date from the list below.


Carnegie Hall Recitals




  • First Place Honor

  • Second Place Honor

  • Third Place Honor

  • Honorable mention

PRIZES (monetary grants).

Cash reward fund of Crescendo International Competition includes

  • Grand Prize $1,000
  • First Prize $500
  • Second Prize $300
  • Third Prize $150
  • Additionally, there will be smaller prizes awarded to "Best Performance" within the performer's respective age group.
  • Teachers Awards