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I vaguely remember a piano competition for professionals and amateurs with no upwards age limit being in the news maybe 10 years ago. Does it still exist?

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The amateur competitions have no upper age limit, for instance the Cliburn Amateur. There is a lower age limit.

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Oh yes, but the Cliburn Amateur is rather for conservatory graduates, rather than amateur lover. I know that the definition of amateur is "someone who is living for a life from music", but there is obvious gap between conservatory graduate in piano and someone who just plays for his own enjoyment. I really doubt that most of people here would even pass Cliburn Amateur eliminations.

You have to look for amateur competitions. Cliburn is rather like for "non active professionals" than amateurs, especially given the fact that in normal learning time you get all of your skills before being 20 years old, and studies are polishing and getting everything next step.

As in every hobby there are different types of amateurs, and I truly believe that there are some amateurs playing better than some professionals as well.

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Btw if anyone knows a website, who is collecting most of the piano amateur competitions, it would be good to see!

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Originally Posted by maucycy
Btw if anyone knows a website, who is collecting most of the piano amateur competitions, it would be good to see!


This is an old Pianist Magazine article which lists most of the amateur competitions. It’s a start: you would need to check the entry requirements for minimum/maximum ages and performance requirements.
To my knowledge, the Chicago competition is no longer being held.

While these are amateur, the performance level is that of many professions.
In fact, the amateur with a low maximum age is often used as a springboard to professional careers

https://www.pianistmagazine.com/piano-competitions/?CurrentPage=1


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Still- no one remembers the name of the contest? I believe it was featured in many magazines. Evidently a 70 year old won. I vaguely remember it being sponsored by a wealthy businessman who was also a pianist.

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You're probably thinking of the Open Piano Competition. The first one was held in London (2012?), and the second in Turin as far as I remember. I don't think it has been held since.

The first was won by a man in his 60s. It was founded by a married couple. I don't remember anything about a wealthy businessman.

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