2020 Chicago International Online Music Competition and Festival

The 2020 Chicago International Music Competition is thrilled to announce its jury including some of the greatest pianists and artist teachers in the world such as Sergei Babayan, Alexander Korsantia, Boris Slutsky, and Dang Thai Son.

So many musical events have been canceled or postponed already in 2020 but the CIMC remains committed to the development of talent even in the face of this tragic pandemic. The new ONLINE competition is open to all age groups and the first prize winner receives $5,000 and top prize winners also receive thousands of dollars in prizes including an exclusive recording contract and worldwide concert opportunities! This year we will offer special prizes for outstanding performances of Chopin, Liszt, and Beethoven. In addition to the competition, we are also offering an online festival with lessons and workshops from our faculty.

Apply today at Application Deadline: July 24th, 2020

Registration fee

Division I Professional Category:$250
Division II Amateur Category:$150


Thousands of dollars in prizes including an exclusive recording contract, worldwide concert opportunities, and cash! Within each competition classification (i.e. age range), awards will be given for First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention. Winners shall receive cash as well as certificates. All finalists shall receive a performance certificate and teachers shall receive an Outstanding Teacher certificate.

Grand Prize–Division I Professional Category

First Prize:$5000
Second Prize:$2000
Third Prize:$1000

★ Worldwide concerts through our partner institutions

★ Directly qualify to the Società Umanitaria International Musical Competition Semifinal

Grand Prizes—Division II Amateur Category

First Prize:$1000
Second Prize:$800
Third Prize:$500

★ Diploma

★ Exclusive recording with A Life of Music Records

$100 Prize Money For Each Division And Age Group and Special Prizes For Each Category 

Online Festival

Festival Fee:$ 600

★ Online private lessons with CIMC Faculty members (Three Lessons)

★ Online lectures, discussions, and events led by CIMC Faculty members (Two Lectures)

★ Written comments from Jury members

★ Selected participants will receive scholarship for the festival


Contact Us

  • Phone: 1-785-764-3527
  • Email: cimc2018@gmail.com
  • Website: cimcusa.org
  • Organizer:International Institute of Piano Artistry
  • Co-organizers:Wheaton College and Milan Conservatory
  • Address:750 Commerce Plaza II Building 7400 West 110th Street, Overland Park KS 66210-2362 USA