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Before proceeding with this application, please review the following pages on the www.hhipc.org website in the 2022 Applicant Information section:


The HHIPC reserves the right to adjust its participation requirements based on the evolving circumstances of the pandemic and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  • The Hilton Head International Piano Competition welcomes pianists of all nationalities.
  • Applicants must be at least age 18 at the beginning of the Competition (March 7, 2022) and no older than 30 at the end of the Competition (March 14, 2022).
  • First Prize winners of previous Hilton Head International Piano Competitions for pianists 18 – 30 are not eligible to apply again.    
  • Any applicant who falls into one of the categories below will NOT be eligible for this competition:
    • related to any member of the 2022 Competitor Selection Jury or the 2022 Competition Jury, or
    • has studied as a private student or student at a University or School of Music in the past five years with any member of the 2022 Competitor Selection Jury or the 2022 Competition Jury as their primary teacher [excluding master classes, summer programs and festivals] or,
    • has been coached by a member of either of the 2022 Juries in preparation for the 2020 Hilton Head International Piano Competition



DATES:  March 13 - 18, 2023

AGE:  13 through 17

LOCATION:  Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA

COMPETITION PIANOS:  Steinway & Sons graciously provides the grand pianos for the Competition and its related events. The Steinway grand piano Model D will be available to the 2023 competitors for action testing on March 11 at the Round I and Round II competition venue.

COMPETITION ROUNDS:  The 2023 Hilton Head International Piano Competition will consist of three rounds of competition.

  • Round I - 20 Competitors                     
  • Round II - 20 Competitors                     
  • Round III - Finals - 5 Competitors                                   


COMPETITOR SELECTION JURY:  The Competitor Selection Jury will evaluate, without discussion, all video audition files on the basis of commonly accepted musical criteria. The Jury will then select twenty (20) competitors to compete in the 2022 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. The Jury will also provide the competition administration with a rank-ordered list of alternates.  The Jury’s decision is final.

Competitor Selection Jury

  • Jane Coop – Canada
  • Douglas Humpherys -USA
  • Janice Weber-  USA



  • Alvin Chow - USA, Chair
  • Eteri Andjaparidze– Republic of Georgia
  • Arnaldo Cohen - Venezuela
  • Yoshikazu Nagai – Japan


COMPETITOR ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATES:  All competitors are expected to arrive on either Thursday, March 9 (for those traveling from international locations), or Friday, March 10 (for those traveling from U.S. locations) and to depart on Tuesday, March 19, 2023. 


HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATIONS:  Each competitor stays in the home of a Host Family from arrival on March 9 or 10 to departure March 19, 2023, who provides lodging, food, all local transportation, and a grand piano for practice. If a competitor wants to stay in the Hilton Head area for any days falling outside of those dates, they will be responsible for arrangements and payment for their own lodging, food, and transportation for those extra days.


TRANSPORTATION:  The Competition will reimburse up to $500 in travel costs for each of the twenty (20) competitors.  



  • Saturday, March 5:  Action testing of competition piano;
  • Saturday, March 5: welcome party for competitors and host families, drawing for performance order
  • Monday and Tuesday, March 7 & 8: Round I
  • Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 & 10: Round II & School Ambassador Program
  • Friday, March 11: Master Classes and School Ambassador Program; practice time for Semi-Finalists
  • Saturday, March 12:  Round III  Semi-Finals
  • Monday, March 14: One-on-One Conversations with the Judges in the morning; rehearsals with the HHSO for the finalists
  • Monday, March 14:  Round IV Finals (Awards Ceremony & Reception)



  • First Prize: $10,000; return engagement with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and other performance opportunities
  • Second Prize: $5,000
  • Third Prize: $3,000
  • Medalist Prizes (2): $1,000
  • Sascha Gorodnitzki Memorial Prize :$1,000
  • Peter Takács Classical Sonata Prize:  $1000


Applicants will be notified of their acceptance/alternate/non-acceptance status by e-mail, sent no later than November 30, 2021.



Competition repertoire for each round must be submitted by December 1, 2021.  Changes may be made up to, but no later than January 15, 2022.  The choice of repertoire for each segment of the competition is at the competitor’s own discretion, but should demonstrate his/her programming skills by including compositions by a variety of composers, reflecting contrasting styles and periods.  The selections should also showcase the applicant’s pianistic capabilities and virtuosity


ROUND I: Competitors will each perform a solo recital not to exceed 25 minutes.

ROUND II: Competitors will each perform a solo recital not to exceed 30 minutes

Any individual piece from the required repertoire above can be programmed into either Round I or II, at the discretion of the competitor.  The remaining time in each Round will be filled with pieces chosen by the competitor.  The maximum time for each round must include time between movements and between compositions.  Failure to comply with the specific time limit for each round may result in a penalty by the Competition Jury.

A work cannot be repeated in both rounds. Works from the audition files may be played in either Round I or Round II, if desired.


ROUND III (Finals): 

Finalists will each perform the First Movement (unless otherwise specified) of a concerto, selected from the 2023 Approved Concerto List below, with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Morris Russell:

2020 Approved Concerto List

  • Beethoven - Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
  • Beethoven - Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Beethoven - Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73
  • Chopin - Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
  • Grieg – Concerto in A minor Op. 16
  • Mendelssohn – Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25   Movements II and III
  • Mendelssohn – Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40   Movements II and III
  • Mozart - Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
  • Mozart - Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.467 
  • Mozart - Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488
  • Prokofiev – Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26, Movements II and III
  • Rachmaninoff – Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Rachmaninoff – Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
  • Saint-Saëns - Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
  • Schumann - Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
  • Tchaikovsky – Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op 23

For guideline and requirement questions please contact: pianocomp@hhipc.org or call +1 (843) 842-5880 

For technical questions check out the Applicant Support Help Desk.