Founded in 1942 by Edith Sullivan Golde - Zelma Bodzin, President

The next international Concerto Competition 'Theodor Leschetizky' for Gifted Young Pianists
will take place in New York City in spring of 2022, date tba (probably April). Because of the postponement, due to Covid-19, we're inviting contestants 18 and younger this time. We feel that the live auditions and live performance offered to the winner are important, integral aspects of our competition.

The winner plays a full concerto with orchestra in New York City, and also receives a cash prize of $1,000;
the second place winner receives $500, and other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judges,
including additional performance opportunities for the winners.

The competition is open internationally to pianists age 17 and younger (18 and younger in 2022) at the time of the competition. Please note our expanded list of eligible concerti. Membership in the Leschetizky Association is not required.

Deadline for complete application packets: postmark February 11, 2022.
Please visit for more information and for application forms.
If you have any questions please contact Alison Thomas at

Tahe-Lee Liiv, 2019 winner

William Lin, 2017 winner

Guest conductor Felix Carrasco with John Schindler, 2015 winner; On stage at Merkin Hall with Camerata New York.

2013 winner Evelyn Mo performing Chopin's Concerto No. 1 in E minor
at Merkin Hall, with Camerata New York, Richard Owen, Jr., conducting.

The application packet, in addition to the completed application form, proof of age, picture and bio,
and letter of recommendation from your teacher, should include
the application fee of $75 (check made out to The Leschetizky Association Debut Fund, Inc.), and, for the

Preliminary Round, a CD or DVD of three contrasting works,

OR three specific YouTube links to performances of contrasting works.

You may include a movement of your concerto as one of your three selections, if you wish.

Repertoire requirements for the Semi-finals and Finals:

  • Full concerto from the list below, with second piano accompaniment (you must arrange for an accompanist)

  • Any solo piece by Leschetizky

  • An album of Leschetizky's piano music is available to purchase by contacting Ms. Young L. Drago (see home page).
    No purchase is required for competition entry. Works by Leschetizky are available from other publishers and in libraries.

    For more information, please visit,
    or contact Alison Thomas at

    Eligible Concerti:
    J. S. Bach - Concerto in D minor
    Mozart - All solo concerti
    Beethoven - Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Chopin - Nos. 1, 2
    Mendelssohn - Nos. 1, 2
    Saint-Saens - Concerto No. 2
    Schumann - Concerto in A minor
    Grieg - Concerto in A minor

    Evan Lee, our 2011 Leschetizky Concerto Competition winner, at Merkin Hall after performing Shostakovich's first concerto.
    With him on the stage are second prize winner Hyung-Do Kim, Mara Waldman, Richard Owen Jr., and members of Camerata New York.

    Sahun Hong, 2009 winner, with board members of the Leschetizky Association

    Runner-up Josue Gonzalez and Sahun Hong

    Graciela Arguedas, 2007 winner, on stage with members of Camerata New York

    Mishka Momen, 2005 winner, receiving her award

    Richard Owen, Jr., conducting Camerata New York