Rules and procedures for the 6thTop of the World International Piano Competition 2019

These rules and procedures regulate all matters pertaining to applications, auditions, repertory requirements, calendar, scheduling, and operation of the competition.


The 6th Top of the World International Piano Competition 2019 is open to pianists of any nationality, born between 01.01.1984 – 01.01.2002. Former prize winners of the Top of the World International Piano Competition are ineligible for participation. Pianists who within the last five years have studied on a regular basis with any member of the 2019 International Jury, or who are close relatives of a jury member, will be ineligible for participation. However, this does not pertain to the situations that members of the International Jury may be acquainted with some participants in the competition because of past associations (for example, previous competitions, music festivals or master classes).

Screening Procedure

Each applicant submits a video recording of a work by W.A.Mozart or J.Haydn (including one slow and one fast movement) and a major romantic work from the 19th century (including Scriabin and Rachmaninov). A national jury chooses 24 contestants to be invited to the competition’s live rounds in Tromsø, Norway.

The invited contestants must be present to draw his/her number which will determine the order of performance. This procedure will be held 15 June 2019 after the opening concert in the evening. Failure to be present at the draw will lead to disqualification from the competition. The contestants will keep their number throughout the competition. Contestants must be available to participate in all stages of the Competition up to and including 21 June 2019.

Competition Repertory

First round with 24 contestants: Free choice of pieces maximum total playing time of 30 min.

Semifinal with 12 contestants: Free choice of pieces maximum total playing time of 55 min.

Finale with 3 contestants: One of two submitted concertoes with orchestral accompaniment chosen from this list:

  • Beethoven No 3, 4, 5
  • Brahms No 1
  • Chopin No 1,2
  • Grieg a-minor
  • Liszt No 1,2
  • Prokofiev No 2, 3
  • Rachmaninov No 2, 3
  • Ravel G-Major
  • Schumann a-minor
  • Tsjaikovskij No 1
Practical information

Invited contestants will be provided with free accommodation in Tromsø for the whole period of the competition even if they fail to qualify for the second or final rounds.


Invited contestants must book and pay their own travel to and from Tromsø.


The Top of the World International Piano Competition reserves the right to authorise sound and film recordings of the Competition. The TWIPC also reserves the right to stream the live rounds. TWIPC will hold the copyright to any such recordings.


The application fee is $150 which is paid using the Apply Payment in the Application Form. The applicant will be accepted officially as a contestant when the Competition receives this fee.