Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition

The Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition would not be possible without the incredible generosity of The Blackwell Trust

Calling all rising stars of the piano world to demonstrate their virtuosity and programming savvy in a new competition honoring Charles Wadsworth

April 23-25, 2018

The inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition will be held at the Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan, GA, from April 23-25, 2018. The Competition will give eight of the world’s finest young pianists an opportunity for artistic and entrepreneurial growth, and it will kick-start the career of its most deserving competitors. While many music competitions focus solely on the pianistic merits of the competitors, today’s developing market demands a more diverse set of skills for an outstanding career. The Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition will encourage these skills by providing the competitors with the opportunity to showcase their skills in creative programming, chamber music performance, and traditional solo recital repertoire.


The Competition will consist of three rounds. The first will be a preliminary round, conducted by video submission, and adjudicated by pianists Ieva Jokubaviciute, Julio Elizalde, and Susan Wadsworth. Eight semifinalists will be accepted based on their video submissions, resumes, and letters of recommendation. The semi-finalists will travel to Newnan, GA for the semi-final and final rounds, which will be adjudicated by an esteemed group of jurors including Anne-Marie McDermott, Pedja Muzijevic, and Jeffrey Swann.


Semi-finalists will perform a 40-50 minute program of their choosing, featuring at least one work written after 1985. They will also play a recital featuring one solo sonata of Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven (Op. 23 or earlier), and a Beethoven violin or cello sonata alongside a member of the award-winning Aeolus Quartet. The three finalists will perform a Romantic-era concert piece of their choosing, as well as a piano quintet in collaboration with the Aeolus Quartet.


The finalists will compete for the three top prizes of $15,000, $7,500, and $5,000. The five semi-finalists who do not advance to the final round will receive a cash award of $1,000, and all eight competitors will be considered for the Contemporary Music Award, Chamber Music Award, and The Charles Wadsworth Award, each valued at $1,000. All travel expenses incurred by competitors will be reimbursed by the Competition.

Special thanks to the following people and organizations for their support: The Blackwell Trust, Susan Wadsworth, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the Donald W. Nixon Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts.

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