Young Pianist of the North
YPN Competition


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  • All pieces must be original officially published solo piano works, performed from memory, and demonstrate candidate’s
  • Contestants’ age counts as their age on 22 November 2017
  • Stage time starts from the first note played
  • Repeats: da capo; al segno; those necessary to maintain the proportions of the piece
  • Contestants in the Debut, A and B categories must include pieces from at least two different stylistic periods. At least one piece must be by a Romantic composer
  • The prizes may be monetary awards; or urtext editions; or a combination of the two. The full total value of a prize will not be less than indicated below.
One performance
Stage time
Entry fee
Up to 5 minutes
Two or more contrasting pieces
All competitors will be awarded diplomas and Wiener Urtext editions
One round
Stage time

Entry fee
Between 10 and 15 minutes
Three or more contrasting pieces
1st place: £150.00
2nd place: £100.00
3rd place: £50.00
One round
Stage time

Entry fee
Between 15 and 20 minutes
Two or more contrasting pieces
1st place: £300.00
2nd place: £200.00
3rd place: £100.00

1ST round: stage time

FINAL: stage time


Entry fee
Up to 12 minutes
1. a virtuosic etude
2. a fast first movement in the sonata allegro form of a sonata by
Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
Between 25 and 30 minutes
Free choice, including at least one piece by a Romantic composer
Works from the 1st round may not be included.
1st place: the title of the Young Pianist of the North 2017 and £600.00
2nd place: £400.00
3rd place: £200.00
All finalists will receive diplomas.
WIENER URTEXT sponsor all WIENER URTEXT editions awarded or gifted at the competition.
KAWAI UK sponsor up to four KAWAI awards, £100.00 in total. All contestants are eligible.
Organisers may introduce special awards.



  • The 10th Young Pianist of the North International competition will take place on 22 – 25 November 2017 at the Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ.
  • YPN is open to the pianists of any nationality. Each contestant may enter only one category. Winners of the main title may enter in the third year after winning.
  • The number of finalists is not fixed.
  • YPN schedule includes competition performances, individual feedback sessions with the Jury and master classes. Feedback sessions will be offered to all C category contestants; and to other contestants as much as time allows. The Jury may invite participants from all categories for active participation in master classes; contestants are not obliged to accept the invitation.
  • All contestants will have practising, rehearsal and warm-up slots.
  • All performances and events are open to public.
  • Organizers reserve the right to make any changes if necessary.
  • Competition will communicate via email. Applicants are asked to be prompt with their replies. Applicants who do not have access to email are asked to contact the organisers for alternative arrangements.


    Final date for receiving applications:
    Please e-mail applications to:

    By post:
    please email YPN for further details

    PLEASE NOTE! Applications are considered as they arrive. Only a limited number of candidates can be accepted for participation. The application process for any of the categories may close at any time. Early entries are strongly advised.

    Changes to programme are allowed and must be received on 2 October 2017 the latest.

    By submitting the application the Applicant (18 years or older) confirms that they have read, understood and fully agree with the Rules of the competition. A breach of the Rules by a contestant or related persons may lead to disqualification and/or withdrawal of the prize.

    How to enter:

    step 1:
    email a fully filled application form, the Candidate’s photo and the proof of the date of birth. The receipt will be confirmed within three working days. If you do not receive the confirmation please contact YPN by email or call on +44 (0) 74740 97281;
    step 2:
    the Applicant will be informed by email within three weeks, or by 5 October 2017, whichever is sooner, whether their Candidate has been selected for participation;
    step 3:

    the entry fee payment must be made within ten calendar days from the date on the approval, or by 9 October, whichever is sooner. Accepted candidates will receive further information about the competition, including practising schedules.

  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • The applicant must pay all associated bank charges.
  • Photocopies of the pieces are not required unless specifically requested.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the programme and timings strictly follow the Rules.
  • Incomplete or incorrectly filled applications may not be accepted or incur extra administration fee.
  • Contestants will play in the alphabetical order of their surnames, starting from a letter, drawn by a member of the Advisory Board after 2 October 2017. The Debut category will play in the order of their age, starting from the youngest. In the Final the order of playing will remain unchanged.
  • The Jury may stop a performance at any time.
  • Missing a scheduled performance may result in disqualification unless the contestant has made all reasonable effort to be on stage on time.
  • Formal concert dress and footwear is required for all performances.
  • Certificates and awards may only be received during the awards ceremony. Non-participation in the concert, if invited, will result in the cancellation of the award. Cheques will remain valid, and must be cashed, within three months of the date of issue. Information for electronic transfers must be provided by 4 December 2017 the latest.
  • The Jury shall assess contestants’ pianistic and interpretative skills and diversity and the artistic impact of the performance.
  • No information about the contestants, except their names and age, will be disclosed to the Jury until the voting is complete and places have been awarded.
  • The Jury may not award any of the prizes, award prizes ex aequo or alter them to reflect appropriately the level of performances.
  • The decisions of the Jury are final and may not be the subject of appeal.
  • Jurors’ relatives may not enter the competition. Jurors shall inform the chair of the Jury, and shall not vote for contestants who are in their current tuition; have been in their or their close relatives’ tuition since January 2017; are pupils at the institution where they teach or consult regularly. This information will not be disclosed to the Jury. The vote will be split between other jurors.
  • The composition of the Jury may vary between different rounds.
  • Contestants under the age of 18 at all times must be supervised by an adult who is fully responsible for the child’s safety, wellbeing and actions during the competition.
  • Contestants will agree to perform, record and participate in the activities of the competition, also for promotional purposes, as invited by the organisers. No fee will be payable.
  • Competition holds rights to produce, use and preserve for the future use audio and visual images. The copyrights for all such material belong to the competition.
  • Creating audio and/or video recordings of the competition rounds is strictly forbidden. The awards ceremony and the Winners’ concert may be recorded. The use of tripods requires organisers’ permission.
  • The Advisory committee and Artistic director will take decisions in all matters outside the competence of the Jury or those not covered by the Rules and Regulations. Their decisions are final and not subject to appeal.
  • The venue is a public space. Applicants are responsible for arranging their own insurance. Organisers do not accept responsibility for any lost or stolen items, damage, losses and accidents occurred during the competition.
  • Applicants will be held responsible for, and repay in full, any damages caused by them, or the participants they have entered, to the property and equipment, including the pianos, belonging to the organisers, sponsors or the venue.
  • Failure to provide accurate and truthful information on the application form; follow these Rules; show respect and consideration for other participants, members of the Jury, hosts and organisers may result in disqualification of the contestant and withdrawal of the prize. The names of those engaged in abusive or bullying behaviour may be reported to international professional and law-enforcing bodies.
  • The organisers hold no responsibility for cancellation of/alterations to the event resulting from the force majeure circumstances and circumstances beyond the organisers’ control, and for any associated damages and losses.
  • The version of the Rules available from the website is the final and definitive version.
  • All doubts regarding these Rules and Regulations will be resolved on the basis of the English text.
  • Any disputes will be subject to the English law.


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