Aloha International Piano Festival & Competition

Amateur Competition

Amateur Competition 2024

The Amateur Competition is designed to celebrate the life-long love and practice of piano playing and to provide a goal for every participant.  While awards will be given to outstanding participants, the main purpose of the event is less on the competition than on the sharing of musical experience with fellow participants and the audience.  We expect and encourage participants of all backgrounds and levels, and each participant should set his/her own goals for the event rather than focusing on winning the competition.

Amateur applicants have the option of competing live in Honolulu or compete in the virtual category.  Non-professional pianists 30+ are welcome to apply.    

Eligibility:  Open to non-professional pianists of all nationalities age 30 and older.  Entrants should not derive their primary income from playing/teaching classical piano or other keyboard instruments.

Application Fee:  $100

Application Deadline –  Live Competition:  May 15, 2024.  Late application accepted until May 31, 2024 with a late fee of $50.

Application and Video Submission Deadline –  Virtual Competition:  June 1, 2024.  Late applications/video submissions are not accepted.

Repertoire:  Any piece(s) of the applicant’s choice.  Maximum 15 minutes.  Memorization is not required.

  • Solo works only – concerti not permitted.
  • Program may include single movements from sonatas or suites.
  • Program may consist of one work or several.
  • Original compositions and improvisations are not permitted.
  • Repertoire at all levels of difficulty is welcomed.

Recognition:  First prize winner of the live competition will be invited to perform in the winners’ concert immediately following the competition on June 16, 2024 at the University of Hawaii Orvis Auditorium. 

Video performance of the first prize winner in the virtual category will be posted in the AIPF website.  

All participants will receive a digital certificate of participation.