2019 Competition


The New York International Music Competition was established to encourage young artists to pursue their study in music; to support them in showcasing their talent in world class venues; and to provide them with opportunities to collaborate with elite orchestras and ensembles. We encourage all talented youth to demonstrate their musical potential.

Sophia Steger, 2015 NYIMC Contestant
Chris Xu, 2009 NYIMC
Sara Yamada, 2016 NYIMC Contestant

Preliminary Round
The contestants’ preliminary performances will be auditioned and judged via DVD submissions or via on-line format.

Final Round

Tuesday, May 12, 2019 at 2:00pm
Three finalists will be chosen to each perform a movement from a concerto with the New York International Chamber Orchestra in the final round. The rehearsal will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Soloists must attend the rehearsal in order to perform in the final round.


Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall


Pianists, violinists, violists, cellists, winds and brass players of ages 9-16 (as of May 1st, 2019).

How to Apply:

  • Complete application form.
  • YouTube (or other video sharing sites) link to the video recordings or a DVD of their performance (no need to mail a DVD if a YouTube link is provided).
  • A biography of the applicant in Word format (not to exceed 150 words). Include past participation in competitions, festivals and/or other public events.
  • Portrait photo in electronic format, to be used for the competition brochure printing.


All application documents and DVD recordings must be received by mail on or before April 15, 2019.


*Non-refundable; make check payable to: NYIYP


1st   Place: $500.

2nd   Place: $200.

3rd  Place: Certificate.


1) All contestants must perform from memory.

2) Absolutely no simplified editions or arrangements.

3) Contestants are required to bring original music to the rehearsal (No photocopies).

4) Judges’ comments will not be disclosed.

5) Contestant must perform with an accompanist in their preliminary round video.

6) Contestant’s video must be authentic without editing. It must be recorded within two weeks prior to the application submission. Artistic director reserves the rights to terminate any collaboration with soloists after the first orchestra rehearsal.



  1. One fast movement of a concerto from the Baroque, Classical or Romantic period (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Schumann and Liszt) AND
  2. One solo work selected by the contestant from a different period.


  1. First or last movement of a concerto from the Classical or Romantic period (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Lalo, Bruch, Popper, Elgar, Wieniawski and Mendelssohn)
    OR a substantial showpiece that can be played with an orchestra (works by Saint-Saens, Sarasate, Wieniawski, etc)


  1. One fast movement of a concerto with orchestral cuts, including of cadenza.
  2. One movement from a different period.

For more info:

Call: 516-622-4438 or

E-mail: info@newyorkyouthphil.org