Event information

Founded by Dr. Mayu Nomura in partnership with Teklus, LLC, 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. While the COVID-19 pandemic has inhibited concert hall and competition traditions, performing for live audiences remains 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; even though the competition will be digital, 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 6, 2021
(The registration may close early once the event schedule is filled.)

Competition: February 20, 2021
(virtual workshops during recesses)

Masterclass: February 21, 2021
(The division winners are invited to take the virtual masterclass unless you opt-out during the registration.)

Event Format

A participant can change the option until 3 days prior to the competition by contacting RTPC via Contact Form on this website and receiving a confirmation from RTPC.

Option 1

Remote live participation via Zoom

Option 2

In-person live participation at Steinway Piano Gallery of Reno

RTPC reserves the right to change the event format due to the health concerns and/or orders by governing agencies.

Age Categories

Division A: Ages 14 – 18
Division B: Ages 10 – 13
Division C: Ages 9 and under
(as of February 20, 2021)


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

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

Registration Fee

$35 each participant

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.
  • There will be two assigned judges from two areas: piano and composition.
  • At the conclusion of the competition, 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 appeal.
  • All works are to be performed from memory.
  • RTPC reserves the right to audio record, video, and photograph as well as displaying 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.


  • 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/articles/201362023-System-requirements-for-Windows-macOS-and-Linux.
  • 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 in a remote session, stream the performance (both sound and picture), and record his/her own performance via Zoom. via Zoom.
  • RTPC doesn’t extend an allotted time limit or change the scheduled performance order due to a participant’s technical difficulty.


  • The safety of our staff and participants is our overriding priority.  RTPC organizes and carries out the event abiding the requirements for gatherings in Washoe County during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and reduce the potential risk of exposure at the event, all in-person participants are required to complete and submit a COVID-19 health screening form prior to
    entering the event venue.  Please do not enter the venue until the screening have been reviewed and the entry has been approved.
  • Audience is limited to 5 persons in the recital hall where the in-person participation is performed.  The only audience from the same household of the participant is allowed to enter the recital hall during his/her performance.  While no public audience is allowed, RTPC plans to set up YouTube streaming channel to broadcast the entire event for public viewing.
  • If a participant is unsure about his/her health, please submit RTPC a request to change the participation format at least 3 days prior to the event.  Any requests submitted after the 3-day window may be accommodated only at RTPC’s sole discretion.  Please refrain from coming to the venue if he/she feels sick.