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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.

2021 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition NOW OPEN

The 2021 Competition takes place in Hastings from 17th -26th June 2021.

With a first prize of £15,000, the competition gives six finalists the opportunity to perform a complete concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The Competition entry is now by video audition only in a move to become more environmentally friendly, and entry via the website closes on February 8th 2021.

For full information and to enter please click HERE