Young Pianist of the North
YPN Competition 2017


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Young Pianist of the North invites entries for its tenth edition, taking place on 22 – 25 November 2017.

YPN is open to pianists of all nationalities under the age of 21, competing in four age groups. The competition features a national award winning educational programme. Masterclasses and individual feedback with the Jury are included in the entry fee (please see the Rules for details).

Nearly four hundred talented pianists from six continents and more than 40 countries of the world have been invited to perform on the YPN stage since its launch in 2008. Winners of some of the most prestigious contests such as Gina Bachauer, Hilton Head or Marguerite Long have played side by side with those for whom YPN was their first experience at an international level. Many winners of the title – Leonardo Colafelice (2011), Ellen Lee (2013), Robert Bily (2013) or Julian Trevelyan (2015), to name just a few, are now at the start of a promising professional career, performing in major concert halls and attracting brilliant reviews.

Information about YPN 2016 winners is published here.

Information about the previous winners is published here.


One of the goals of YPN is to ensure that every participant returns home as a winner, having gained something new – experience, inspiration, a valuable advice, a friend. The award-winning educational programme and individual feedback sessions with the Jury are a part and parcel of the event, promoting excellence in learning and teaching the piano.

The feedback and information received at YPN have helped many young musicians to make potentially life-changing choices about their further studies and professional career.


Each year we receive feedback from piano teachers – those in the audience and those who bring their pupils to the competition, telling us how much they have learned, listening to the performances and attending masterclasses at YPN: new teaching approaches and methods, new piano repertoire, new details and fresh interpretation ideas to apply in lessons with pupils – the list is endless. As a formal recognition of this, we are now introducing YPN Certificates of Professional Development for piano teachers. If you are interested in attending YPN and receiving the certificate, please email for further details and how to register.


YPN accepts a limited number of candidates, and the volume of applications usually exceeds available places. Applications are considered as they arrive. Early entries are strongly advised in order to avoid disappointment.


To watch the film, produced by the students of the University of Newcastle in 2013, please click here: Play Video


As always, many contestants, their parents, teachers and the members of the public have written to us after YPN 2016, sharing their experiences and observations and sending their well wishes. Some accounts were of great length and very valuable on our quest to continuously improve YPN in order to meet the needs of young musicians in the best possible way.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone for taking time to write and for all the warm words!

This whole trip and success in Newcastle will rest in my pupil’s memories and heart for the whole life. For me this was also wonderful and useful experience. Everything went so smoothly, naturally and very professionally. For the quality and value of a competition it is very important who are the people in the jury, and you had wonderful musicians and great people. The possibility to meet and discuss the performance with them was a precious experience and a real gift. Thank you so much, my pupil was really very happy. He does not smile a lot, but on this evening his whole face was one big smile! The level is very professional and high, so I really enjoyed these days and learned a lot, and will warmly recommend YPN to my colleagues.

We enjoyed YPN very much and had a lovely experience. YPN was very professionally organized, which not always is the case with competitions. We also loved the master-classes, feedback-sessions and workshops, since we had never experienced this kind of approach before. The children learned a lot from the Jury and got to know many children from all over the world. We also visited nearby sights and places. The children loved to see where parts of the Harry Potter movies were shot. All in all we can´t wait to come back to participate again!

We are all still so entirely happy about the wonderful experience we have had, and we would like to thank you very much for all your effort and enthusiasm. My son has deeply appreciated your advice on how to improve his playing and already has changed a few things. We certainly would like to attend the competition again in the not too distant future!

Having returned for the second time, we have had another wonderful and memorable experience at the competition and enjoyed the special mood and atmosphere. This year the jurors consultation was done by category which was better as more participants get a chance to attend. The masterclasses were also very helpful as they were focussed on the participants' areas for improvement. Our son has learnt greatly and enjoyed the competition. Many thanks for all the efforts!

It is a luxury to have a chance to try out the piano, and even more luxurious to have a good warm-up. Here, one enjoyed both of these luxuries!
My daughter has participated in many piano competitions at home and abroad, and getting feedback from the jury was a great bonus in Newcastle. This is really more a piano festival than mere a competition. Masterclasses were very informative and one could once again appreciate the vast knowledge of the professors. My daughter and I had a great experience at YPN and we will certainly recommend it to others!

I can only express the greatest gratitude and appreciation for all organization, high professional level, punctuality and lovely welcoming attitude not only from the jury but also from all the staff involved. The competition venue was charming, right in the city centre, and the concert hall was impressive both architecturally and musically. I can only sincerely recommend to all talented young pianist to take part in 2017 YPN competition and onwards, it surely will contribute to their further musical development.

Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful competition - the atmosphere was great and the team were absolutely lovely and very welcoming. I really enjoyed my time in Newcastle and I definitely learnt a lot from my experience in the competition, the jury's valuable comments and all the masterclasses. We thought that the whole event was really well run and I would undoubtedly recommend this competition to my other fellow young pianists.
Thank you again!


Shuan Hern Lee

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