The 2021 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition will take place from 17th – 26th June 2021.

Stage 1 Rehearsal days with HIPCC Accompanists: Tuesday 15th and/or Wednesday 16th June

Contestant Reception: Wednesday 16th June

Stage 1: Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th June

Stage 2: Sunday 20th and Monday 21st June

Semi-final Rehearsals with Chamber Orchestra: Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd June

Semi-Final: Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th June

Final: Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


First Prize: £15,000 plus concerto performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and other concerts/ engagement(s) including the United States of America.

  • Second Prize: £7,000
  • Third Prize: £3,000
  • Fourth Prize: £1,500
  • Fifth Prize:  £850
  • Sixth Prize: £600
  • Semi-Finalists who do not reach the final:  £150 each
  • Orchestra Prize: £500
  • Special Prize: £1000 (awarded at the discretion of the Jury).

Engagements may be offered to other prizewinners.


Preliminary Video Auditions :

Entry is by video audition only.

  • Solo repertoire only of two or more contrasting pieces from different periods.
  • Performance time, including all pauses and breaks: 25 – 30 minutes.
  • Video recording must be recorded and dated after 11 May 2019. This must be uploaded with your application. This may include separate video files, but each piece must be unedited.
  • Please submit FULL DETAILS for every chosen work on your application form.
  • None of this repertoire may be repeated in the second round.
Preliminary Video Auditions

A performance of 28 mins maximum including breaks and pauses to be divided as follows:

Up to 14 minutes playing time of a concerto from List A and up to 14 minutes playing time of a concerto from List B below.

This can be complete movements or parts of each concerto, as long as both concerti are presented. 

The Jury reserves the right to request any part of the concerti and to stop a performance if any competitor exceeds their allocated time.

This stage is on two pianos.


W A Mozart Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat major K 271
W A Mozart Piano Concerto No 15 in B flat major K 450
W A Mozart Piano Concerto No 17 in G major K 453
W A Mozart Piano Concerto No 19 in F major K 459
W A Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor K 466
W A Mozart Piano Concerto No 21 in C major K 467
W A Mozart Piano Concerto  No 22 in E flat major K 482
W A Mozart Piano Concerto No 23 in A major K 488
W A Mozart Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor K 491
W A Mozart Piano Concerto No 26 in D major K 537
W A Mozart Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major K 595
L van Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major Op.19
L van Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op.37
L van Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 in G major Op.58
F Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor Op.25
F Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 2 in D minor Op.40
F Chopin Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor Op.21


L van Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major Op.7
F Liszt Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major S.124
F Liszt Piano Concerto No 2 in A major S.125
J Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor Op.15
P Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor Op.23
E Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16
R Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54
C Saint Saens Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor Op.22
S Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor Op.1
S Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor Op.18
S Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor Op.30
S Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43
S Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor Op.16
S Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 in C major Op.26
M Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
J Ireland Piano Concerto in E flat major
C Franck Symphonic Variations M 46
B Bartok Piano Concerto No 3 in E major Sz 119 BB 127
G Gershwin Piano Concerto in F
A Scriabin Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor Op.20

STAGE 1: Concerti

A Solo repertoire performance of up to 30 minutes including breaks and pauses (minimum 25 minutes).

At least two composers must be represented from two different periods.

Concerti are not to be played and repertoire must differ from that presented in the video audition.

STAGE 2: Solo Recital

12 Semi-Finalists perform a complete concerto with a Chamber Orchestra chosen from List A.

This will be the same concerto from List A played in Stage 1.

STAGE 3: Semi-Final: Concerto with Chamber Orchestra

Six finalists perform a complete concerto during two evenings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, chosen from List B.

This will be the same concerto from List B played in Stage 1.

STAGE 4: Final: Concerto with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Entry Fee

  • £100 (UK Sterling) non-refundable


Contestants must be aged between 16 to 30 for the duration of the competition (17/06/2021 – 26/06/2021) OR for the duration of the original competition dates (25th February – 6th March 2021)

Former First and Second prizewinners are not eligible to re-enter the competition.


Application closing date: 8th February 2021

Competition Regulations


Contestants must complete their programme with full details and timings. All works MUST have their Number/Title, keys, opus, movements and timings. Composer’s names should be in European spelling.

Contestants offered a place in the competition will be notified by email, and will then be given 7 days to make any changes to programmes.

The Jury

The Jury retains the right to hear any part of the concerti chosen in Stage 1 and to stop a performance if any competitor exceeds their allocated time.

All Jury decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.


Contestants may bring their own orchestral accompanist or use an official HIPCC accompanist. Contestants using an HIPCC accompanist will be given a rehearsal time on either Tuesday 15th or Wednesday 16th June 2021.


An English biography of 320 characters must be supplied. This must be suitable for printing directly.

Contestants must supply a high resolution jpeg photograph suitable for printing.

Any recording made of HIPCC live auditions or any performances throughout the competition will be and will remain the property of HIPCC and may be used by HIPCC or its partners for the promotion of the competition.


Following the auditions all successful contestants will receive a welcome pack giving details of accommodation, transport, accompanist, etc. Registration takes place from Tuesday 15th June and all contestants are expected to attend the welcome reception on Wednesday evening 16th June 2021.


The Competition will provide accommodation with host families for all contestants (bed and breakfast). This is offered to the contestant only and not for family members or accompanists. You may choose to stay in other accommodation at your own expense. Accommodation will cease the day after you leave the competition.


Travel to and from the competition is at your own expense. Some bursaries towards travel may be offered in cases of merit or hardship – please email with inquiries.


Major prizewinners are expected to give a recital in Hastings as part of the prize and will be given travel expenses and a token fee.

We expect all prizewinners to make reference to their award in their concert biographies for at least one year after winning the award.

All information is correct at time of publishing.