The Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions have pioneered several procedures which have since been adopted by many other competitions. The Bachauer was the first competition to use a single elimination format. Instead of eliminating competitors after playing only once, all Bachauer competitors perform in two separate rounds. And, as there are no requirements of repertory, competitors are free to display their artistry and virtuosity.
The Gina Bachauer International Artists Competition’s reputation of discovering tomorrow’s classical superstars has made it truly one of the world’s most prestigious venues for pianists. Every Bachauer Competition recognizes pianists who go onto successful worldwide touring and recording careers.
The Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions are divided into three categories based on age. Each age group plays in its own, separate competition. The three competitions are part of a four-year cycle of events which occur during the month of June:
2011 International Piano Festival
2012 International Junior & Young Artists Competitions
2013 International Piano Festival
2014 International Artists Competition
The International Artists Piano Competition is for pianists ages 19-32. Each competitor performs two solo rounds before six finalists are chosen to perform concerti in two evenings of finals with the Utah Symphony. Prizes include $76,000 US, medals, concert engagements, and CD recordings.
JUNIOR & YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITIONS
The International Young Artist Piano Competition for ages 14-18 and the International Junior Piano Competition for ages 11-13 offer a combined total of $50,000, medals, and CD recordings as prizes. These competitions for younger pianists are held on consecutive weeks during the same year.
In total, more than 1,000 pianists from 40 countries have competed in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, and cash prizes totaling more than $400,000 have been awarded.