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Up to 32 years old

Main Category - Application Open | Deadline: April, 08th 2023 | Pianists: 18 - 32 years old


Casa da Música


over 55.000 euros Prize Money [+]
Recital Engagements
International Agency
CD Recording
300€ to the Semi-finalists


Philharmonic Portuguese Orchestra,
under Osvaldo Ferreira


8th of April 2023


Pre-selection (video – youtube link to be sent with the application form)

  • One Etude by Chopin or Liszt or Rachmaninoff
  • One movement from a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
  • Work of the participant’s own choice with a maximum of 6 minutes
Eliminatory (max. 20 min)
  • One Prelude and Fugue by J.S.Bach
  • One fast movement from a classical sonat (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
  • One romantic piece of the participant’s choice

Semi-final (max. 45min)

  • Recital Program that includes one classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven – participant’s can repeat the one played in the first round) and one piece from the XX or XXI century
  • One concert chosen from the list below:
    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      • Concerto nº3, op. 37
      • Concerto nº4, op. 58
      • Concerto nº5, op. 73
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      • Concerto nº9 in E flat Major, “Jeunehomme”, Kv. 271
      • Concerto nº20 in D minor, Kv. 466
      •  Concerto nº23 in A Major, kv. 488
      • Concerto nº26 in D Major, “Coroação”, kv. 537
    • Robert Schumann
      • Concerto in A minor, op. 54
    • Frédéric Chopin
      • Concerto nº1, op. 11
    • Edvard Grieg
      • Concerto op. 16
    • P.I. Tchaikovsky
      • Concerto nº1, op. 23
    • S. Rachmaninoff
      • Concerto nº2, op. 18
  • Only 3 finalists will be selected for the final round with orchestra
  • The program can not be repeated in different eliminatories


By signing up for the Contest, and for as long as such entry remains, each contestant acknowledges and explicitly accepts the Rules of the Contest, always in its latest version, available on this page and in the other sections of this website.

Each contestant undertakes to comply with the guidelines and conditions of the referred Rules, and to periodically consult them, to stay informed about possible changes. 

  • The competition is open to participants of all nationalities;
  • Main category comprises participants up to 32 years old;
  • The age of the participant is considered on the 31st of December 2022;
  • All the participants must submit a video recording until the 8st of April 2023 (see the topic Pre-Selection Round);
  • Participants that received lessons from a member of the Jury in the last three years can’t take part in the competition. In the event of any irregularity, the participant won’t be allowed to participate in the competition;
  • First prize winners from previous editions are not eligible to enter the same category in which they won their prize;
  • The participants going to the semi-final will be offered a prize money of 300 euros;
  • The organization/scheduling of the Recitals concerning the prizes are responsibility of the institutions that offer the prize.
  •  The participants must submit together with the application formulary a youtube link (only one – multiple links won’t be accepted) with the video recording;
  • The recording comprises the following repertoire:
    • One Etude by Chopin or Liszt or Rachmaninoff;
    • One movement from a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven);
    • Work of the participant’s own choice with a maximum of 6 minutes;
  • The recording shouldn’t be edited: only one stopped camera, where one can see both hands of the pianist.
  • The application should be done online on the website:;
  • Together with the online form the following documents will be required to attach:
    • Recent photo;
    • Curriculum Vitae – maximum 15 lines;
    • Payment Receipt – attach scan of the check or bank transfer receipt;
    • Youtube link with video recording;
  • Application’s deadline/Pre-selection round: 8th of April of 2023;
  • The results of the pre-selection round will be published until the 30th of April of 2023;
  • The candidates that go through this stage can change their repertoire for the competition until the 15th of May 2023;
  • The competition fee should be paid together with the application. The fees for the main category are: 50 euros for the Pre-Selection Round + 90 euros for the candidates that will continue the competition;
  • For the candidates going through the pre-selection round, they have until 30th May to complete the payment of the remaining 90 euros;
  • The payment can be done through:
    • Bank Transfer to IBAN PT50 0010 0000 5121 7990 0016 5, BIC BBPIPTPL / Banco BPI – Balcão Foz – Praça do Império (the name, instrument and category of the participant must figure on description);
    • Check addressed to CMSM – Curso de Música Silva Monteiro, Lda and mailed to: Curso de Música Silva Monteiro // Comissão de Apoio ao Concurso Sta. Cecília // Rua Monsenhor Fonseca Soares, 137 // 4150-335 Porto – PORTUGAL;
    • Paypal (click here);
  • Fees will not be returned in case of non-attendance;
  • In carrying enrolment, competitors are authorizing the use of their image through photography or filming, for the purposes of institutional publicity;
  • Application will not be accepted in containing incomplete or false data;
  • Applications will only be validated when all documents are received.
  • All the participants must be present on the 23rd July 2023 for a meeting where the performances order will be drawn. In case of missing that meeting, the participant won’t be allowed to participate in the competition;
  • At the meeting on the 23rd July 2023, the participants will receive an individual practice and warm-up time-table;
  • Competition will accept a maximum of 30 participants for the eliminatory, from which 12 will go to the semi-final, and 3 to the final round with orchestra;
  • The repertoire should be played by memory;
  • The final round will be accompanied by orchestra.

All matters not covered in this regulation will be submitted to consideration by the Organizing Committee of this competition in charge of its analysis and solution.