About the Competition

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The preeminent music competition hosted by the Dallas Chamber Symphony that builds on our community’s well-established tradition of showcasing world-class talent. The DCS gives special attention to young, highly talented, professional and pre-professional pianists, and draws from a pool of international applicants. Applicants are screened, and invitees are adjudicated by a panel of respected musicians. This competition draws positive attention from audiences locally, nationally and internationally, offering cash prizes, master classes, private lessons, and a prize-winning professional debut with the Dallas Chamber Symphony.

The Dallas International Piano Competition is presented in celebration of the piano and its extensive repertoire, offering important performance opportunities to aspiring young performers from all over the world. Formally trained pianists, including those with advanced degrees in music, are encouraged to apply. Three rounds of competition take place before an internationally renowned jury panel, and prizes are awarded to the most outstanding competitors. Held annually in Dallas, Texas, the Dallas International Piano Competition is an event that brings together musicians, members of the community, businesses and organizations, and heightens the appreciation of the vast repertory written for piano and orchestra.

For more detailed information about the competition, including rules, regulations and application procedures, visit the official Dallas International Piano Competition website.

Educational Focus

The Dallas International Piano Competition is unique in that it is a piano competition with a focus on pianist development, and nurturing young talent. It is not only a competition that attracts some of the most talented young, professional and pre-professional pianists, but also a forum where young pianists — including those who do not advance in the competition rounds — can receive expert training and career-building guidance in public masterclasses and private lessons with renowned pedagogues.

Alternate-Size Keyboards

Through a partnership with Steinbuhler & Company, the Dallas International Piano Competition has become the first International Piano Competition to make alternate-size keyboards available to Competition and Masterclass pianists with smaller hands.

With the new keyboards, Competition and Masterclass participants will have the option to perform on any one of the three standard keyboard sizes now recognized by the Dallas International Piano Competition. In addition to the conventional keyboard, these include the DS-6.0 and DS-5.5 keyboards, which together make up The Donison-Steinbuhler Standard – The DS Standard™.

For more information on Steinbuhler keyboards, click here.

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