VIVO International Music Competition is open to all instrumentalists of any nationality. The competition takes place in various instrumental divisions including piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, duo groups and chamber ensembles.

Age Groups and Repertoire Requirements

Participants must be of qualifying age as of November 15, 2015 for the upcoming competition in November 2015.

Group A:  Ages 7 and Under
Group B:  Ages 8-10
Group C:  Ages 11-13
Group D:  Ages 14-17
Group E:  Ages 18 and Over

Participants must perform one original composition from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern periods from memory.

One movement of Sonatina, Sonata or Concerto will be considered as one piece.     

Arrangements, simplified or modified editions, popular music and/or non-classical music from method books will not be accepted. 

No change in the submitted repertoire may be made once an application is submitted. All winners of the competition are invited to play at the winner’s concert. The program of each winner at the concert must be the same as that in the competition. It should be noted, however, that winners may be requested to adjust the length of the piece to no longer than 10 minutes by the competition committee as it finds appropriate. The committee has the sole discretion to make the final judgment about the program for the concert. 

Repertoire Regulations for Each Instrumental Division

Piano:  The following pieces are not acceptable: Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise", the first movement of Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27, no. 2, "Moonlight" by Beethoven, and Chopin Prelude Op. 28, no. 4.

Chamber Ensemble:  Any form of Ensemble is welcomed.  Participants in Chamber Ensemble Division may use music during the competition.  Due to the availability of piano in all concert halls, original or classical transcription for only one piano for multiple performers is accepted.