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- Celebrating both Classical and Jazz music at their finest. - 

Oxford, Alabama  


August 8 - 12, 2023  

The City of Oxford, Alabama, will host once again The Rubato International Piano Competition on August 8–12, 2023. This competition it's the first of its kind since integrates the categories of classical and jazz music at a single event. The competition will draw in young talents, ages 10–27, from all over the world, and prestigious schools, universities, and conservatories around the United States. 


2023 SOLO CLASSICAL PRIZES – Cash awards for each age group
Gold Medalist: $10,000
Silver Medalist: $5,000
Audience’s Favorite: $1,000
2023 SOLO JAZZ PRIZES – Cash awards 
Gold Medalist: $10,000
Silver Medalist: $5,000
Audience’s Favorite: $1,000

Scholarship Opportunities

The Rubato International Piano Competition offers scholarships to assist with international travel, accommodations, and meals for qualifying competitors who get selected in the preliminary round. To apply, please click the button below.


All of the selected semifinalists will participate in six masterclasses  presented by our prestigious jury the week of the competition.


The Rubato International Piano Competition (RIPC) will give competitors countless opportunities to expand their professional careers in the international arena. This event will achieve a new level of community engagement by expanding cultural variety and highlighting the musical arts. Competitors, schools, and universities' engagement will cultivate experiences with international networking opportunities, education programs and ignite an exciting passion for piano in our communities. 


Our competition will be professionally juried by Steinway Hall of Fame artists, experienced judges from the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and renowned artists and professors from universities including Fullerton College, Berklee College of Music, Texas A&M University-Commerce, University of Georgia, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 


The innovative ‘Audience Favorite’ category will let you vote for your favorite artist in each musical style.  


The collaboration and growth of the arts using outreach mechanisms allow young talents from other parts of the world to continue their professional and artistic development in the United States of America, ultimately generating cultural growth and diversity. The tremendous opportunities provided by this event will open doors for the young artists traveling from abroad to our great state and for the Oxford community alike. This competition will be a platform which will endure and expand our community’s arts appreciation, enriching the lives of all who participate. 

 Julio Cesar Barreto 

Founder and Director  

RUBATO International Piano Competition  

Please reach out via email at jbarreto@oxfordpac.org if you have any questions.

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