G.Gershwin International Competition invites talented musicians to apply for the 5th, jubilee edition, taking place in
June and November, 2022 in New York, USA. Please read all rules and guidelines below carefully before you apply. After the application and Preliminary Round qualification, a maximum of 36 candidates in the Artists Category (18-38 years of age) will be invited to compete in the live rounds.

The V G. Gershwin International Competition Dates are: June 7-15, 2022
The instrumental groups eligible to compete are: Piano/Strings/Chamber Ensembles

Application fees

Competition application fee is $125 for soloists and Duos, applying as Chamber Ensemble.
Application fee for Trios: $150; Quartets - $175; Ensembles with 5 or more participants - $250.
Application fee for participation in Live Audition in Seoul is $185 ($125 + $60 setup fee)

Application deadlines

Due to numerous requests, final application deadline is extended until May 1 for Pianists ages 18-38 & Chamber Ensembles ONLY
Application deadline for participants in Live Preliminary Round in South Korea ONLY - April 28, 2022.

How to Apply

Application materials can be submitted electronically at the bottom of the page or mailed to the competition address:
P.O. Box 10701, Westbury NY 11590 USA

Application process

All applicants must submit:

  • Completed application form, indicating Preliminary Round type (Live in New York, USA, Live in Seoul, South Korea, Live via Gershwin Concert Series in New York, or apply via submitting an online recording link)
  • NON-REFUNDABLE application fee ($125 USA, different fees for Chamber Ensembles of 3 or more people).
  • Supporting materials:
    • Current biography
    • One (1) photograph (headshot) for promotional use
    • Proof of age (photocopy of birth certificate, driver's license, passport, etc.)

Preliminary Round

To be admitted to the competition's final rounds (June 7-15, 2022 Live in New York), applicants must go through the preliminary audition.
To do so, applicants must choose between three audition options.

Option 1: Live Pre-Selection Auditions

The Gershwin Competition Live Preliminary Auditions will take place in:
New York City's Opera America (United States) - Sunday, March 16, 2022 - 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Steinway & Sons in Seoul (South Korea), Sunday - May 1 (Strings/Ensembles) & Monday - May 2 (Piano), 2022 - Time: TBD
Presented by EON International Music Academy

Option 2: Video Recording Pre-Selection

Alternatively, candidates can apply to The Gershwin Competition by submitting a video recording.
Please listen to the video files before submitting to guarantee the highest quality of the recording.
Recording formats: DVD or Internet video recording (such as Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc.)
For repertoire and timing, CLICK HERE

Option 3: Concert Series Pre-Selection

Candidates can also apply to The Gershwin Competition by participating in the Gershwin Concert Series.
Gershwin Concert Series consist of joined mini-recitals, and will take place at various venues around New York, February through May, 2022.
For details, CLICK HERE


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