2023 RTPC

Founded by Dr. Mayu Nomura in partnership with Teklus Companies, the Reno Tahoe Piano Competition was developed with the intention of providing young pianists the opportunity to have an inspirational, positive, and fun experience in an encouraging and supportive environment that engages the diverse musical community in Reno, Nevada and beyond.  Performing for live audiences is crucial for pianists to develop artistry, self-efficacy, and stage presence. The mission of the Reno Tahoe Piano Competition is to provide an environment that engages the musical community and nurtures artistic sensitivity; regardless of a participation format, the participants will be evaluated on their musicality and stage presence in a live performance setting. Emphasizing excellence and creativity, the competition encourages contestants to program and perform their repertoire—whether it be pop, jazz, rock, classical, or another genre—with passion, pride, style, sensitivity, and finesse. The Reno Tahoe Piano Competition is an event that will uplift and motivate young pianists on their artistic journey, honoring their dedication to the study of music and providing invaluable performance experience with feedback from professional pianists currently engaged in active performance and teaching careers. We hope you will join us!

Important Dates

Registration Due: February 11, 2023
(The registration may close early once the event schedule is filled.)

Competition: March 11, 2023

Hybrid Event Format

Option 1

Remote live participation via Zoom

Option 2

In-person live participation at Steinway Piano Gallery of Reno

The judges will adjudicate remotely via Zoom for either option. 

Age Categories

Division A: Ages 14 – 18
Division B: Ages 10 – 13
Division C: Ages 9 and under
(as of March 11, 2023)
Division D: Adult amateur pianists (see criteria below)

Prizes

Division A – 1st place: $300/ 2nd place: $150 / 3rd place: $75

Division B – 1st place: $300/ 2nd place: $150 / 3rd place: $75

Division C – 1st place: $300/ 2nd place: $150 / 3rd place: $75

Division D – 1st place: $300/ 2nd place: $150 / 3rd place: $75

Teklus Grand Prize – $500 (selected based solely on the sponsor’s discretion)

Time Limit

Division A – 12 minutes
Division B – 8 minutes
Division C – 5 minutes
Division D – 12 minutes

Registration Fee

$45 each participant (online payment only)

Repertoire Requirement

Participants are required to play two pre-selected pieces:

1) Standard classical repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary)

2) Non-standard classical repertoire (Jazz, Arrangement of popular songs, Hymns, Film music, Original compositions) OR contrasting standard classical repertoire

General Rules

  • Winners of the Reno-Tahoe Piano Competition are selected based on exceptional musicianship, technical mastery, communication ability as a performer, originality, spontaneity, individuality, and versatility. The judges are given the flexibility to select winners based on these criteria.
  • At the conclusion of the competition, the winners of each division will be announced to the public. Their names and photos will be posted on the website.
  • The order of appearance of pianists will be determined and scheduled arbitrarily and will be notified about one week prior to the competition.
  • Each contestant will be judged by a wide variety of parameters such as musicianship, technical mastery, communication ability as a performer, originality, spontaneity, individuality, and versatility.
  • The decision of the judges is final and not subject to questions, revisions, or appeals.
  • All works are to be performed from memory.
  • All contestants must bring in their own legal copies of the repertoire, including original compositions.  Failure to do so will not prevent the contestant from competing but will result in disqualification from placing. 
  • RTPC reserves the right to audio record, video, and photograph as well as display the winners on the website and social media as such.
  • Although RTPC strives to provide the participants with the most memorable experience possible, there could be an unforeseeable cause beyond its control that prevents RTPC from carrying out the event.  RTPC shall have the right to postpone, cancel, reschedule, or terminate the event without liability and shall be relieved of its obligations to the participants.  Only if the event is canceled or terminated before the conclusion of the schedule, RTPC will refund the registration fee.  Otherwise, all registrations are final and nonrefundable.

Technicals

  • A participant who chooses to participate in the event remotely is strongly advised to check and understand the system requirements for using Zoom at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
  • A remote participant is responsible for downloading (https://zoom.us/download), installing, and testing software required for the proper use of Zoom remote meeting service before the event.
  • By selecting the remote participation during the registration, the participant warrants his/her technical capabilities to properly sign into a remote session, stream the performance (both sound and picture), and record his/her own performance via Zoom.
    RTPC doesn’t extend an allotted time limit or change the scheduled performance order due to a participant’s technical difficulty.

Adult Amateur Pianist Criteria

You are 18 years of age or older on the day of the event and meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • You are making a living in a field other than music.
  • You are a professional musician whose principal training is not in piano.
  • You are a college student majoring or minoring in a discipline other than music.