2018 Wadsworth Piano Competition

 Eligibility and Repertoire

Age requirements

The competition is currently open to applicants who live in the continental US and were born after April 22, 1993 and before April 22, 2000. (Ages 18-25)



  • Preliminary round will consist of approximately 30 minutes of video recording, submitted digitally through Acceptd. Applicants may choose approximately 10 minutes of music from the Baroque era, 10 minutes of music from the Classical era, and 10 minutes of music from the Romantic era. All movements must be played in their entirety, but movements may be extracted from larger multi-movement works. Any concerto submissions must NOT be performed with orchestra. This video will be submitted through Acceptd, along with a $30 application fee, a resume, and two letters of recommendation.


  • Eight semi-finalists will be chosen based on their video submissions, resumes, and recommendation letters. Each of the semi-finalists will play two recitals, following the repertoire guidelines below.


  • Semi-final Recital 1

A solo piano recital consisting of 40-50 minutes of music. Competitors will be judged on the concept behind their program as well as its execution. The inclusion of traditional repertoire is far from discouraged, but competitors should attempt to explore insightful connections between the offered works. This program must include a piece written after 1985.  Accepted semi-finalists will be asked to provide a short written explanation of the concept behind their selected program. These notes will be included in the printed brochure. 


  • Semi-final Recital 2

A classical solo sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (Op. 2 Nos. 1-3, Op. 7, Op. 10 Nos. 1-3, Op. 13, Op. 14 Nos. 1-2, Op. 22, Op. 26, Op. 27 Nos. 1-2, Op. 28)


A Beethoven sonata for violin and piano (Op. 24, Op. 30 No. 2, Op. 30 No. 3, Op. 47, or Op. 96) OR a Beethoven cello sonata (Op. 5 No. 1, Op. 5 No. 2, Op. 69, Op. 102 No. 1, or Op. 102 No. 2)


  • Finalists will perform a Romantic recital work of at least 15 minutes in length (Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt, etc., (Chopin Ballades and Scherzos will not be accepted for this category)), --AND-- their choice of quintet for piano and strings (Brahms Op. 34, Schumann Op. 44, Dvorak Op. 81, or Franck)