International 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 musical competition held annually for our youth since 2007. 

 We will be holding competitions in various establishments throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California, Canada, Europe and Asia from November 2018 to February 2019


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

Dependent on skill level, contestants will be placed in one of three competing categories: Junior, Intermediate or Advanced.

Contestants will be grouped according to their age as of November 1, 2018.


•  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).

•   No changes in the submitted repertoire may be made once a contestant is admitted.

•   Performance time should not exceed 6 minutes. Fines of $100 will be charged for each additional minute in accordance to Carnegie Hall regulations.

Note: Dear colleagues, please avoid Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” and I movement of Beethoven’s Sonata No 14.


Second round: Performance.

We welcome our protege guest, talented young Chinese pianist Hao Liu.


Winners' recital for  First and Second place honors 


  • First Place Honor

  • Second Place Honor

  • Third Place Honor

  • Honorable mention

PRIZES (monetary grants).

Cash reward fund of Crescendo International Competition now over $50,000.

  • Grand Prize $5,000
  • First Prize $3,000
  • Second Prize $1,000
  • Third Prize $500
  • Additionally, 1000 Cash prizes will be awarded to "Best Performance" within the performer's respective age group,