Friday Musicale’s annual Outstanding Young Pianist Competition and Concert showcases 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 the 5th to the 12th 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, has been coordinated by UNF Professor Michael Mastronicola. The 2020 competition was Mr. Mastronicola’s last year coordinating. Friday Musicale thanks him for his many years of service. Dr. Eric Becher will take over with the coordination starting with the 2021 competition.
2020 Competition Winners:
Alejandro Gomez – Solo 5th & 6th Grade Category
Alexandra Lin – Solo 7th & 8th Grade Category
YunHan Shen – Solo 9th & 10th Grade Category
Zach Yu – Solo 11th & 12th Grade Category
Matthew Phan – Concerto Category
Katie Carlson, Henry Li, Matthew Phan & Zach Yu – Ensemble Category
2020 Competition is closed – no longer accepting applications.
Winner’s Concert was held on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:00pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.