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Welcome to the THOMAS F. HULBERT's 2024 International Piano Competition application site
(formerly the William Knabe International Piano Competition)!
Changes for 2024:
NEW! Special award for best performance of a composition by Thomas F. Hulbert. Visit www.hulbertinstitute.org for more information and to purchase one of his piano compositions online. One $200 award will be given.
NEW! Carnegie Hall Award. The jury will choose one or more finalists to be awarded with an opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall.
NEW Division! Amateur Adults (18+). Any adult pianist who is not a current music major and who is not earning a living as a musician can qualify. A letter of reference verifying non-professional status is required.
Postponed: In-Person 18-26 Competition. The 18-26 live semi-final division is being postponed to 2025 and will take place once every two years going forward (alternating with the amateur adult division).
2024 Competition Options:
- Apply with a pre-recorded video, and then compete live in semi-final and final rounds at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (NEW: live round dates are now July 25-28, 2024). Ages 6-17 and 18+ (amateur division).
- Enter the video-only competition. All applicants submit a pre-recorded video to compete in the preliminary round, and then select applicants are invited to compete in the semi-final and final rounds by pre-recorded video. Ages 6-26 and 18+ amateur division.
Solo and concerto divisions are available in both options.
All video applications will be reviewed and graded by our prestigious jury, and applicants may choose to apply for an evaluation and points only (non-competitive) or may choose to compete for a chance to compete in the semi-final and final rounds.
Non-refundable application fee: $130
Application deadline: April 8, 2024; Late applications accepted until May 6, 2024 ($50 late fee)
AGE GROUPS FOR 2024 SOLO DIVISIONS WITH LIVE OPTION: 6-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18+ (amateur division)
AGE GROUP FOR 2024 CONCERTO DIVISION WITH LIVE OPTION: 10-17
AGE GROUPS FOR 2023 VIDEO-ONLY SOLO DIVISIONS: 6-10, 11-17, 18-26
AGE GROUP FOR 2023 VIDEO-ONLY CONCERTO DIVISIONS: 10-17, 18-26
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