Piano Concerto Competition Window

Brief Summary

  • Application Form: click here or email us at layouthphil@gmail.com
  • Video Link Submission Google Form: you will receive this form once you submit your application form.
  • Video Link Submission Deadline: Dec. 31, 2022 (11:59 PM Pacific Time)

Detailed Information

Application Fee

Pay the audition fee of $1,000 per student (refundable) by Zelle or Venmo. If you are not accepted, you will get refunded $945 (the process fee of $55 only will be charged/debited)

  • Zelle: “The recipient email is layouthphil@gmail.com. Account’s name is Los Angeles Youth Philharmonic”
  • Venmo ID “@Gene-Chung-3” The last four digits of the phone number is 6079. Do not toggle “Goods or Service”(see the details below)
  • Credit Card: in the Google Form, enter your credit card number, name on it, expiration date, CCV code, billing address, zip code. The process fee (3.5%) will be charged. Take a photo for both sides and upload them one after the other via Google Form
  • Upload the screenshot: After you made a payment, take a screenshot of the transaction via Venmo or Zelle and upload it via Google Form to show proof of your payment.

*The Venmo account “@Gene-Chung-3” is linked to “Los Angeles Youth Philharmonic” which is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt/non-profit organization. If you tag your transaction as a good or service, Venmo puts us as the seller to charge the transaction fee. Please notice that our program is for non-profit and NOT a good or sale item for profit. At the end of each fiscal year, you may request us to issue a tuition fee certificate for your tax return.

Zelle or Venmo If you do not have either a Zelle or Venmo account, please visit the following websites and watch the videos below.

Video clips

Video Recording & Submission

Turn in your shareable link & upload a PDF copy of your audition piece.

  • There will be online audition only (NO in-person audition) 

Step 1 (Record): How Do I Record My Video?

Record your video in a quiet environment with your camera distance being good enough to capture posture, keyboard, fingering, hand shapes, etc.. (see the example videos below at Scale section)

  • Introduce Yourself (7-20 seconds; include your first/last name, school, grade)
  • Play Your Scale & Arpeggio
  • Play Your Audition Piece

A one merged video is preferred, but you may submit your separate audition video clips or unedited or uncut videos if you have already recorded them respectively.

Alternative: You may submit your most recent solo recital/exam or any type of performance video instead of recording your new video. In this case, you need to merge your multiple videos into one file or you may submit a separate video link of the required scale & arpeggio in addition to your solo performance video.

Solo PieceSelect a concerto (one fast movement only including a cadenza if applicable) from the suggested repertoire below or a piano concerto your teacher recommends.
Scale & ArpeggioPlay the scale & arpeggio as fast as possible to demonstrate fluency in the key which your solo audition piece is written in before you perform it. If it is written in the minor key, play the melodic minor. If your solo piece is atonal or non-traditional, play F-sharp major or E-flat melodic minor scale. It is optional to play a relative or parallel minor or chromatic scale. If you have already recorded your solo performance video, send us a separate video of scale & arpeggio.

Play a chromatic scale (ascending & descending).
To watch an example video, click video 1 video 2
Technique DemonstrationIf the solo piece you perform does not include the techniques you would like to demonstrate, you can display them through playing a scale, a short etude (8-16 measures) or an orchestral excerpt.
Sheet Music PDFSubmit a PDF copy of your audition piece being performed, with measure numbers written at the beginning of each staff (if not printed) and markings like fingerings, articulations, musical expressions, interpretations etc., after scanning.

Please make multiple pages into one file. Suggested mobile app: Adobe Scan- Mobile PDF Scanner (https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/mobile/scanner-app.html). To make your existing scanned multiple pages into one file, visit https://www.ilovepdf.com/ and you can merge them here easily.
Audition Video Link Submit your shareable audition video links via Google Form after you upload it on YouTube. Click the link on Step 3 below to submit your audition link and PDF copy.
Alternative: You may upload your video to share on one of your preferred online cloud services like Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud etc. with no expiration date or password.
MemoryMemory is not required but strongly recommended.
AccompanimentNo second piano accompaniment required (optional).
No repeatNo repeat: Do not take a repeat.
Dress CodeYou are encouraged to wear your formal concert dress.
LengthIt depends on a concerto you selected. Suggested video length: 7 – 20 minutes

Step 2 (Upload): How do I upload my audition video and get a link on YouTube?

  • Sign in to YouTube (a parent can create an account at www.youtube.com)
  • Click “Upload”
  • You can choose the video privacy settings (“public” or “unlisted”)
  • Copy the shareable link (which is the URL address created when uploading)

Step 3 (Submit): How do I submit my audition video link and sheet music?

  • Submit your shareable audition video links via Google Forms after you upload it on YouTube. 

Alternative: You may upload your video to share on one of your preferred online cloud services like Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud etc. with no expiration date, no password required, no download required, or no sign-in required to watch.

Suggested Concertos

Suggested Piano Concerto Repertoire
J.C. BachPiano Concerto, Op.13, No. 4 or  No. 2
J. S. BachClavier Concerti:
No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052
No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053
No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054
No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055
No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056
No. 7 in G Minor, BWV 1057
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
C.P.E. BachConcerto in E-flat for Fortepiano, Harpsichord, and Orchestra
Ludwig van BeethovenPiano Concerti:
No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor”
Johannes BrahmsConcerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
Frederic ChopinConcerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22
A. GlazunovPiano Concerto No. 2 in B Major, Op. 100
Edvard GriegConcerto in A Minor, Op. 16
Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob. XVIII/11
Piano Concerto in G, Hob. XVIII/4
Piano Concerto in F, Hob. XVIII/3
Piano Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIII:1
Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. VIII:XI
Franz LisztConcerto No. 2  in A Major
Felix MendelssohnPiano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 16
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Minor, Op. Posth.
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartNo. 1 in F Major, K. 37
No. 3 in D Major, K. 40
Piano Concertos K. 107 based on sonatas by J.C. Bach
No. 5 in D Major, K. 175
No. 6 in B-flat, K. 238
No. 7 for Three Pianos in F, K. 242 “Lodron”
No. 8 in C, K. 246
No. 9 in E-flat, K. 271 “Jeunehomme”
No. 10 for Two Pianos in E-flat, K. 365
No. 11 in F, K. 413
No. 12 in A, K. 414
No. 14 in E-flat, K. 449
No. 15 in B-flat, K. 450
No. 16 in D , K. 451
No. 17 in G, K. 453
No. 18 in B-flat, K. 456
No. 19 in F, K. 459
No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
No. 21 in C, K. 467
No. 22 in E-flat, K. 482
No. 23 in A, K. 488
No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491
No. 25 in C, K. 503
No. 26 in D, K. 537 “Coronation”
No. 27 in B-flat, K. 595
Francis PoulencConcerto for Piano and Orchestra (1949)
Sergei ProkofievConcerto No. 1 in D-flat, Op. 10
Sergei RachmaninovConcerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1
Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43
Camille Saint-SaensNo. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 44
No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103 “Egyptian”
Robert SchumannConcerto in A Minor, Op. 54
Introduction and Allegro Appassionato in G, Op. 92
Dimitry ShostakovichConcerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102
Igor StravinskyConcerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Peter TchaikovskyConcerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
Note: Play one fast movement only; Teachers may choose any other piano concertos of comparable skill level.
OrganTeachers may choose any other organ concertos of comparable skill level.
Play one fast movement only

Submission Checklist:

  • Fill out your Application Form (via Google Form)
  • Pay your audition fee by Venmo, Zelle, or Credit Card
  • Submit your shareable video link and your sheet music PDF (via Google Forms)
  • Optional: You may send us your resume or supplementary materials to let us know more about you via Google Form.

Additional FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Click here to see the additional FAQ on Rehearsal Schedule, Timeline, Age Requirement, Returning Students, Auditions, Soloists, Google Forms, PDF Copy, Recommendation Letter, Supplemental Materials, Fee, Ticket Sale, Donation, Performance, Performing Ensembles, Dress Code, Piano Concerto Competition, etc.