I have heard of this one. Personally I would enter your son in this one rather than the American Protege piano competitions if you were also considering that, because I have read in some places that the American Protege is often thought of as a bit of a "pay-to-play" situation (although I am sure the winners must be quite good). If I remember correctly, both competitions have winners perform at the Weill or Zankel halls at Carnegie.
My experiences: I did not begin entering competition until I was about 14 years old. My main instrument was not piano until I switched at age 13 and entered a Pre-College conservatory program. However, I was very weak at my skills and received average score of B- on my final jury performance that year. Up until then, I had not faced any real challenges; the previous music lessons I'd had were far more relaxed than the competitive environment of a conservatory program. The following year, I became very serious about improving and increased my 1 hour practice to about 3 hours a day, as well as developing technique through scales, exercises, etc. Gradually I became a stronger player and just in the past year, I have gone from no competition wins to winning 25 of them (ranging from 3rd to 1st prize), many of them are international. The point of this is, I think at any age it is always possible to improve, so there should be no pressure to enter competitions starting at a given age.
My thoughts on piano competitions: I think piano competitions are great if you have a true passion for the instrument and wish to enter for the sake of sharing music with others. I know many people who have been entering competitions to put on their resume/applications, and I think music programs in particular will pay close attention to the exact competitions you enter. Best of luck!
Last edited by chopinliszt27; 05/12/21 10:30 PM.