About our competition
Through this online music competition, we hope to provide an opportunity for developing musicians worldwide to perform in a formal, challenging yet supportive atmosphere. The goal is to provide young musicians a forum to challenge themselves musically, and to share their music. Winners also have the opportunity to be featured in our online concert, and social media.
We believe that music transcends all boundaries. Our competition therefore, welcomes participants of all ages, levels, and all instruments to submit their videos online. The North American Virtuoso International Music Competition is suitable for first time competitors, amateurs, as well as advanced music students and seasoned professionals.
The way we structure the evaluation of our competition allows fair and meaningful competition amongst participants. Our competition is divided into categories that reflect the age, level, experience, and duration of study for participants. This ensures that evaluation of participants are premised upon a reasonable baseline.
Preliminary Round (First Round)
(2) List of names of winners who are successful in passing the first round will be invited to register in order to proceed to the second round. The announcement of finalists will be made on our website on the 5th June 2023.
Final Round (Second Round)
Deadline for application and video submission for the second round is 19th June, 2023.
(2) Participants are required to re-submit their video for the final round. They have the option to use the same video submitted previously for the preliminary round or submit a different video (in form of a YouTube or Vimeo public or unlisted link).
(3) The winners of the final round will be announced on the 2nd July 2023 at 23:59:59 Eastern Time.
Genres: Performance - Classical, Jazz, Pop, Traditional Music
Composition - Must be presented in a performance video.
Piano, Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass), Guitar, Woodwind, Brass, Harp, Accordion, Harmonica, Voice,
Harpsichord, Organ, Percussion, Bagpipe, Traditional Instruments and others.
(If your instrument is not included in this list, please contact us to confirm)
SPECIAL PIANO PERFORMANCE CATEGORY - Piano Compositions by Christopher Norton
For more information on repertoire requirements, please click here.
Categories of subdivided into the following:
Pre-Junior - Ages under 6
Junior - Ages 6 to 11
Youth - Ages 12 to 16
Collegiate - Ages 17 and above (Music Majors, Conservatory students)
Professional - Ages 19 and above (Performers with professional performance degrees or with comparable performance standards)
Adult Amateur - Ages 18 and above (non-music majors)
Palladium Award = 98 - 100%
Platinum Award = 95 - 97%
Gold Award = 90 -94%
Silver Award = 85 -89%
Bronze Award = 80% - 84%
Honorary Mention Recognition = 76% -79%
Prizes & Awards
(2) Medals and certificates for First Prize, Second Prize and Third Prize winners.
(3) Certificate of participation for honorary mention participants
(4) Certificate of recognition of music teachers of winners upon request**
(5) Top Prize winners will be featured on our competition website and social media sites with a concert portrait, biography, and their prize winning video.
(6) Outstanding top prize winners will be invited to join our North American Virtuoso Music Competition Laureate Circle. We will continue to promote projects, recordings and news of our laureates. Our goal is to offer sustained support to our prize winners to help them promote their musical careers.
Outstanding Professorial Awards
Selection will be based on reviews on students on each competition every year.
Letter of Recommendation & Transcripts
(2) North American Virtuoso International Music Competition reserves the right to make any changes in the rules, schedule or other information related to the competition.
(3) Cash prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The jury reserves the right to not award any of the prizes; (ex aqueo) splitting a prize between several contestants. Decisions of the adjudicators are FINAL.