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Welcome Pianists!

International Keyboard Odyssiad®
 & Festival, U.S.A. 
July 30 – August 6, 2022

Announcing the 2022 International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A., taking place at the foothills of the majestic and colorful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, featuring an international competition and festival for pianists of all nationalities. The competition and festival will take place from July 30 - August 6, 2022 at the University Center for the Arts, Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fort Collins is located approximately one hour north of Denver and within a one-hour’s drive of the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. 

The ODYSSIAD®, "A Journey to the Performance of a Lifetime," is an international competition for pianists with a Solo Division and a Concerto Division.  The Solo Division is open to four age levels: Level A (13 and younger), Level B (14-18), Level C (19-23), and Level D (24-35). The Concerto Division is open to two age groups: Single Movement Concerto (18 and under) and Complete Concerto (all ages.)  A panel of judges rates each performer separately for Technical Merit and Artistic Merit in an Olympic-Styled judging format before a live audience. In the Solo division, Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500), and Bronze ($250) medals and cash prizes will be awarded in each age level, along with special prizes and performance opportunities.  The award for the Gold Medalists in the two Concerto Divisions (Single Movement and Complete Concerto) will be Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, plus an invitation to perform with the Boulder Symphony in Boulder, Colorado during the 2022 Fall Season Series, Devin Patrick Hughes conducting.

Guest Artists for the 2022 Odyssiad® Festival include Yunchan Lim the new 2022 Van Cliburn Gold MedalistZlata Chochieva (Russia/Germany), Eva Gevorgyan (Russia/Armenia, Van Cliburn Junior Silver Medalist), Haochen Zhang (China/USA, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist), Andre-Michel Schub (France/USA, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist), Valery Kuleshov (Russia/USA, Van Cliburn Silver Medalist), Ju-eun Lee (South Korea), and Kemal Gekic (Croatia/USA). The 8-day Odyssiad® Festival includes daily masterclasses, presentations on special topics, mini-recitals, a panel discussion on performing with orchestra, and the LIVE Semifinal and Final Rounds of the Odyssiad® Solo and Concerto Competitions. Other guest artists and judges include Konstantin Soukhovetski  (Russia, Juilliard), Natalia Trull (Russia, Professor, Special School of the Moscow State Conservatory), Bryan Wallick (USA/South Africa, Gold Medalist, Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition, and Assistant Professor, Colorado State University), Paola del Negro Plano (Italy/USA, Rivers Conservatory, Boston), Hsing-ay Hsu (China/USA, N.Y. Steinway Artist), Devin Patrick Hughes (USA, Conductor, Boulder Symphony), Charles Latshaw (Conductor of the Flagstaff and Grand Junction Symphonies) and others.

The Odyssiad® Preliminary Round will be held Online and judged by professionals around the U.S.  Pianists may submit their application materials ONLINE by the Deadline of June 1, 2022. Preliminary Round judges will select the Odyssiad® competitors that proceed to the Semifinal Round in Fort Collins, Colorado during the 2022 International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. (July 30-August 6, 2022).  

For complete Concerto Division online preliminary round guidelines, including repertoire requirements, please select "Odyssiad®  Competition Application" as the program under "Start an Application" on the left side of this page. Clicking on this program will take you directly to the Guidelines for the Competitive Division.

If you have any questions please contact Competition Co-Directors, Cindy Lindeen-Martin and Iris Zhang, or Janet Landreth, Founder and Executive Director, through the Acceptd site.

Dr. Janet Landreth, Founder & Executive Director
International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A.
Professor Emerita, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523

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