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Competition Rules & Regulations

8th Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition is to be held:
June 6-8, 2025 Semifinals via Zoom

July 25-27, 2025 Finals / Winners Gala Concert / NYC


1. The Competition welcomes pianists aged 8-28 from the world over who pursue the musical ideals espoused by the late Rosalyn Tureck.


2. The Competition repertoire consists of Categories 1 to 8. Please use Urtext editions only. In addition to the Repertoire below, each contestant is to perform a Contemporary Composition: A work of up to 10 min. length, composed after January 1, 1950. Applicants in Category 8 are exempt from the Contemporary Composition requirement. Should a contestant apply to compete in several repertoire categories, any given composition can be performed in one category only; thus, the Recital program is not to include works submitted in other categories.


The repertoire for each category is listed separately.
See REPERTOIRE details here


Please note: Categories VII and VIII are open to Contestants aged 15-28.



Category I: Short Preludes, Preludes and Fugues, Fantasies. Contestants aged 8-12.


Category II: Inventions, Sinfonias, (select one Invention and one Sinfonia). Contestants up to age 15.


Category III: Well Tempered Clavier. See REPERTOIRE. Open to contestants up to age 20.


Category IV: divided by repertoire/ age limit (see REPERTOIRE):

                 A.  Contestants up to age 20

                 B.  Contestants up to age 28


Category V:  Contestants up to age 20


Category VI: Contestants up to age 28


Category VII:  Recital up to 50 minutes long (Ages 15-28)


Category VIII: Goldberg Variations (Ages 15-28)


3.  During their competition performances contestants may be stopped by the jury.


4. All the repeats in Variations, French Overture, Partitas, and Suites are obligatory.


5. The entire program -- including the contemporary work -- is to be performed from memory.


6.  Contestants should be available and willing to perform earlier or later than their assigned time.


7.  Contestants should be prepared to to perform the same program during the qualifying semi-final as well as final rounds.


8. The names of the finalists will be announced at the conclusion of each qualifying round.


9.  The decisions by the jury are final. Ties among contestants are allowed.


10.  The names of Competition Winners will be announced after the final round.  The prizes -- the Competition Medal, cash awards, and diplomas -- will be awarded at the final Gala concert.


11.  All the winners are required to participate at the Awards Ceremony. Each winner will receive two complimentary tickets to the final Gala winners concert.


12.  Contestants, parents, and teachers are prohibited from a personal contact with judges prior to and during the competition.


13. Participants consent to any audio or video recordings. Recordings made during the competition  remain the property of the Tureck International Bach Competition.


14. The contestant verbally states their name, the date of the recording, the name of composition and and the specific category of Rosalyn Tureck Bach Competition they are entering (categories on our website - SEE HERE)

Contestant must be in excellent full view with pianist's hands and full body in screen frame.


Video is unedited, in one take start to finish; no exceptions. 


No videos (YouTube preferred) prior to December 31, 2024 will be accepted 





Evgeny Kissin Grand Prize/ Steinway Recital Award


The Kern Foundation "Aspiration" Award


Award for the Best Performance of a Contemporary Work


Rosalyn Tureck Bach Competition Prizes:


Category 1      $300

Category 2      $500

Category 3      $800

Category 4/A  $1,000

                 4/B  $1,500

Category 5      $1,500

Category 6      $1,500

Category 7      $3,000

Category 8      $5,000

Foreign Applicants: Please consult your nearest US Consulate for a visa advice. The Tureck International Bach Competition will send you an official letter of invitation.

Application Deadline: Must be received no later than March 21, 2025

Applicants must pay a non-refundable competition entrance fee of  US $185. Each additional category – US $80

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