Paderewski Youth Piano Competition

2024 Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition

The Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles Annual Youth Piano Competition will be held live and in person in
downtown Paso Robles.

APPLICATION & FEE DEADLINE: Friday, September 27, 2024 (online form will be available in May)
COMPETITION AUDITIONS: Sunday, October 13, 2024 | 9 a.m. | Park Ballroom (closed to the public)
YOUTH COMPETITION WINNERS & RECITAL: Saturday, November 2, 2024 | 3 p.m. | Park Ballroom (ticketed event)

Application form will be posted in May 2024
The Competition is open to piano students 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.

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 given 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.

Performances at the Competition are closed to the public—only competitors and jury members are allowed during auditions. All Participants in the 2024 auditions will receive a certificate. Prizes will be awarded to the best performers in each category and announced at the end of the Competition day (October 13, 2024).

All Prize winners are expected to perform in the Youth Competition Winners’ Recital (November 2, 2024) held during the Paderewski Festival. Competition Prizes, ranging from $100-$750, will be handed out at the end of the Winners’ Recital.

For additional information, please contact Grace Seng at or (805) 801-6784