February 26 - March 6 2021, Aarhus, Denmark
February 26 - March 6 2021
Aarhus, Denmark

Online application 2021

The application form for Aarhus International Piano Competition 2021 is open!

Make sure you have read the Rules & Regulations 2021

The online application has 2 steps:

Step 1 - Information and payment
Fill in the form and pay the application fee with credit card. After you complete the form, you will receive an email receipt. 

Step 2 - File upload
Within 8 hours after completing "Step 1", you will receive an email with an upload link for your files. Don't send the files on email, but use the provided upload link. The files you need to upload are:

  • A portrait photo in good resolution
  • A scan of your passport
  • 3 seperate mp3 audio files. Please include the composer's name in each file name.
  • A letter stating that the applicant is the one playing in the recording, signed by an official institution, sound engineer or piano professor.

(read more information about the files in Application requirements)

Deadline info
We strongly recommend to complete "Step 1" before November 15. 

Deadline for both steps is November 15, 2020

Open the online application form


Application requirements 2021

The online application form will be asking you for your contact info, and if you are under 18 your parent´s contact info. Furthermore you will be asked to write what you plan to play in the competition.
We also need some more specific files as described in the following:

Audio recording 

As a part of the application proces every applicant has to upload a high quality audio recording ( .mp3 in a quality of min. 128 kbit/s  — we strongly recommend a minimum of 192 kbit/s. Optimal would be 320 kbit/s).

The repertoire requirements for these recordings are the same in Category A and Category B:

The recording should contain a programme of three pieces with a maximum duration of 20 minutes, including:

1. A first movement of a sonata by J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart or L.v. Beethoven.
2. One piece or movement by F. Chopin.
3. One piece or movement of free choice.

Editing of the recordings is not allowed, but separate works or movements can be from different takes.

Please upload the recording in 3 separate audio files and include the composers name in each file name.

Documentation for the audio recording

- A letter stating that the applicant is the one playing in the recording, signed by an official insitution, sound engineer or piano professor. (.pdf, .jpg or .png)

Other documents

- Copy of passport (.pdf, .jpg or .png)

- Photo in high resolution  (minimum 600x600 px) (.jpg or .png)


Application fee

Application fee is 100 € and is non-refundable.

The application fee will be payable with credit card as part of the application.


Info about the preliminary judging

All audio files will be completely anonymized and numbered by the secretariat and then presented for the pre jury

Applicants will receive information whether or not he/she has been accepted to take part in the competition, on the 15th of December 2020 at the latest.

In Category A 20 pianists will be invited for the competition and in Category B 22 pianists will be invited. In Category B two places are reserved for Danish pianists.   


Pre-selection Jury


Christopher Elton

Great Britain

Teppo Koivisto


Tove Lønskov