Outstanding Young Pianist Competition

2020 Competition

Joyce Adams and Michael Mastronicola

This is Friday Musicale’s annual Outstanding Young Pianist Competition and Concert showcasing Jacksonville’s immense piano talent. Talented young students from around the First Coast are nominated by their piano teachers to audition for a performance slot on the recital at Friday Musicale.  Pianists in 5th to 12 grade are welcome to compete in solo piano, concerto, piano ensemble, and chamber ensemble categories.  All competitor’s benefit from adjudication by a panel of distinguished artists.

The Friday Musicale Outstanding Young Pianists Competition is now entering it’s 18th year.  Founders Mary Lou Krosnick and Joyce Adams began the competition to highlight young pianists who were performing classical music at the highest level.  The competition, now coordinated by Michael Mastronicola, continues to attract extraordinary young pianists to Friday Musicale’s wonderful venue.

2019 Competition Winners:

Nathan Alcudia – Solo 5th & 6th Grade Category

Matthew Phan – Solo 7th & 8th Grade Category

Zach Yu – Solo 9th & 10th Grade Category

Courtney Dantzler – Solo 11th & 12th Grade Category

Amy Lao – Concerto Category

Sadie Pichelman with Colin Whatley & Matthew Rowell – Ensemble Category

Friday Musicale Application
Applications Due: Friday, January 10, 2020
Competition Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Winners’ Concert Date: Friday, January 24, 2020 – Friday Musicale – 7:00pm

Teachers are to complete and submit application. Applications only accepted online.  If you don’t receive confirmation of your application within 48 hours after completing it, please contact Jeff at 904-355-7584.

The six categories are:
I. Grades 5 and 6, Piano Solo.
II. Grades 7 and 8, Piano Solo.
III. Grades 9 and 10, Piano Solo.
IV. Grades 9 through 12, Piano or Chamber Ensemble
V. Grades 11 and 12, Piano Solo.
VI. Grades 7 through 12, Concerto.

Students in grades 9 through 12 may only enter in one category. Students may not win two consecutive years in the same category.

Solo repertoire must consist of two contrasting original piano compositions and must not exceed 15 minutes in length. A movement from a sonata shall be counted as one piece. Memorization is required.

Ensemble repertoire should be only one piece and may include duets, duo piano, or quartets. Memorization is not required for ensembles.

Concerto repertoire consists of a movement from a major work for piano and orchestra and may be accompanied by the student’s teacher or another adult. Memorization is required.

Each pianist will be given a specific time to audition and must bring his or her music (two published copies) with measures numbered for the judges. There is no charge for auditions or admittance to the performance.

Please contact us at (904) 355-7584 or rentals@fridaymusicale.com with questions.