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Online Competition

Applications for the Competition have now CLOSED.

Results now available!


Please note that the 2020 MIPSF Masterclasses have been postponed until January 2021.

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Widely recognised as one of Australia’s most prestigious classical music festivals, the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival attracts young gifted musicians from around the world each year and features a stellar teaching faculty and competition jury.  Built on a vision to promote the pursuit of music among young people, the festival provides a rare chance for aspiring musicians to study with the best teachers and experience the joy and excitement of performing on a world-class stage.   

In 2020, the festival will host an online competition, where students will have the opportunity to submit videos of their performance to the MIPSF jury to showcase their talent.  Top students from the competition may also receive a special invitation to perform at a special winners' concert hosted by Yamaha Music Australia in 2021.   

For more information about both the masterclasses and competitions, please see below.



**Deadline for Entries: SATURDAY 01 AUGUST 2020**

  • Accepted Instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello.

  • Age restrictions: Age calculated as of 1 August, 2020.

  • Location: Online - Global - musicians from all corners of the world!

  • 25 years and under - time limit 10 minutes per piece
       up to eight (8) pieces
  • 17 years and under - time limit 7 minutes per piece
       up to eight (8) pieces
  • 13 years and under - time limit 5 minutes per piece
        up to eight (8) pieces
  • 9 years and under - time limit 3 minutes per piece
        up to eight (8) pieces
  • 6 years and under - time limit 2 minutes per piece
        up to eight (8) pieces


Key Points
  • You will need to record a video of your performance and then submit a link to this video in your application. The video does not need to be professionally recorded, but must show clearly the performer performing the instrument.

  • All applications must be submitted by SATURDAY 01 AUGUST 2020.

  • Applicants will be notified of the competition outcome via email by 01 OCTOBER 2020.

  • All prizewinners will receive a certificate issued by the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival via email.

  • Top selected candidates may be invited to perform in a special prize-winners' concert of the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival. The date for this event will be confirmed at a later date.

  • Due to current social isolation requirements, String players may submit works without an accompanist, or a performance accompanied by a pre-recorded backing track.

Repertoire Regulations

  • The repertoire presented must adhere to the time limit specified in the Categories Information above. Entries will be penalised if the submission exceeds the total allocated time.

  • Applicants may submit a maximum of eight works for each age category.

  • An applicant may enter into an older age category, i.e. a 15-year-old competitor may enter the 17 years and under category and the 25 years and under category but must submit a separate application for each Age Category.

  • A candidate may replace a video already submitted as long as it is before the closing date.  However the new submission will incur a new application fee and no refund will be given for the earlier submission.  Candidates must also inform the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival of any replacement videos by email (, following the submission of the new application form.

  • Applicants are permitted to submit a single movement or select movements from a multi-movement work as long as it does not exceed the maximum total duration allowed for the section.

  • Applicants for the piano sections must only present solo works (i.e. no concerti or accompanied works).

  • Entries may submit multiple applications on the same application form, or on different application forms, as long as they are received before the closing date.

  • All videos must be uploaded to an online platform (e.g. Youtube, Google Drive, Youku etc.) and the link included in the application form.  Videos need to remain available for viewing by the jury until after 31 December 2020.

  • If a candidate is selected to perform in a special prize-winners' concert, the work presented for the concert must be the same work as the one selected by the jury from the video audition.

General and Judging Rules
  • In these rules and regulations, the word “Committee” shall mean “The Management Committee of the International Academy of Musical Arts”.

  • The Committee reserves the right to determine the status of any competitor and the application and interpretation of these rules.

  • The Committee reserves the right to invite some or all of the first-prize winners and any other candidates from the competition to perform in the Gala Concert or similar event.

  • The Committee reserves the right to amend the program at any time, such as vary the competitive sections, award multiple/no prizes, or replace jury members due to unforeseen circumstances. 

  • The decision of the jury is final and cannot be disputed. All applications will be reviewed by at least one jury member.

  • Jury members are not allowed to judge former or current students (excluding from masterclasses and festivals). In the event that a former or current student of a jury member has applied, the applicant will be judged by the remaining jury members.

  • The International Academy of Musical Arts respects diversity and the competition does not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or political association.

  • The competitor grants the International Academy of Musical Arts broadcast rights to film, photograph, record, broadcast, live stream, reproduce, transmit, and show via different media platforms and channels for the purpose of promoting the current and future programs in Australia and internationally.  

  • Performers and members of the audience may not film, photograph, record, or broadcast the performances in the Gala Concert without prior written consent from the Committee. 

For further information, please email

Applications Closed


**PLEASE NOTE: this is subject to change**

  • Prizes available for each age category are: 1st Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize, Honourable Mention. All prize winners will receive a digital certificate. 

  • Due to the current COVID-19 issues, the Gala Concert of the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival - one of the most anticipated events in Melbourne each year - will not be going ahead as planned. In its place a special Prize-winners' concert may be held after the competition results have been announced.  The date for this Concert will be announced in due course.

  • Any candidate chosen to perform in the prize-winners' concert or similar event will be responsible for arranging their own travel to and accommodation in Melbourne, at their own cost. 


  • Competitions: Applications have closed.  


Before you apply, please read carefully the full Terms & Conditions and Model Release.

Applications Closed


We are delighted to have a formidable international faculty and competition jury for the 2020 Festival and Competition. Seasoned professionals, each member has decades of experience as both performer and pedagogue internationally.

Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival
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Kenji Fujimura (Piano)

International Academy of Musical Arts;

The University of Melbourne

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Antwerp Symphony Orchestra

Julia Lu


International Academy of Musical Arts

Rochelle Ughetti



Trio Anima Mundi

Miranda Brockman


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Noella Yan



Trio Anima Mundi

**PLEASE NOTE: the 2020 MIPSF masterclasses have been postponed**


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