Paderewski Youth Piano Competition

The Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles announces its

Twelfth Annual Youth Piano Competition


Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Park Ballroom, 1232 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA


Saturday, November 3, 2:30 p.m. (rehearsal); 4 p.m. (concert)

Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring St., Paso Robles, CA

The contest is open to piano students competing in two groups: Juniors (ages 10-14) and Seniors (ages 15-18). All contestants must currently study with an established piano teacher and reside within the following counties: Fresno, Monterey, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Residents of other California counties and professional pianists may not apply.

All participants in the 2018 auditions will receive a certificate. Prizes ranging from $100-$750 will be awarded to the best performers in each category, who will be invited and expected to perform at the Winners’ Recital during the 2018 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles. The Competition Jury will be headed by pianist and composer, Marek Zebrowski, Director of the Polish Music Center at USC and Artistic Director of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles. Awards will be made at the discretion of the Jury, whose verdict shall be final. The Jury reserves the right to withhold a prize or prizes in each age group and Jury decisions will not be subject to appeal.

The 2018 Youth Competition Winners’ Concert will be held in the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom on Saturday, November 3, 2018.Selected winners may also be chosen for the 2019 Paderewski Festival-sponsored Exchange Program in Poland that includes workshops, master classes, and concerts in various historic venues in late June and early July 2019.

The following documents must be submitted electronically(one e-mail only with Word and JPG attachments) by midnight Friday, September 28, 2018:

1. Completed application form

□2. Personal Statement

□3. Short biographical note, listing teachers, schools, years of study, awards, etc.

□4. High resolution (300 dpi) portrait photo (submitted electronically)

□5. The applicant’s audition program and repertoire list for October 21:

Juniors: two works differing in level of difficulty, style and period

Seniors: three works differing in level of difficulty, style and period, including one composition by Paderewski

NOTE: All repertoire must be performed from memory

□6. A $50 application fee paid through Eventbrite by Sept. 28th (link for payment available on 

Completed applications with attachments should be submitted via email to: Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.

Any questions should be directed to our Youth Piano Competition Coordinator Emma Levine. She can be reached at or 818-398-7639

Link to register for 2018 Youth Piano Competition

Link to Youth Piano Competition Application