Concerto Competition

The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has evolved from its earliest days as part of Hastings Music Festival to become an internationally-renowned competition for young concert pianists from around the world, attracting 170 applicants in 2019 across global auditions, 40 of which came to compete in Hastings. Their prize: the opportunity to perform with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on our two-night final and to win a first prize of £15,000.

The inaugural Hastings International Piano Festival took place in February/March 2020 as the Concerto Competition moved to every other year.

Due to Covid-19, the next Competition will now take place in Hastings from 24th February to 5th March 2022.

With a first prize of £15,000, the competition gives six finalists the opportunity to perform a complete concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This year’s Competition entry is by video audition only in a move to become more environmentally friendly, and entry via the website will now close on 1st October 2021.

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