All instructions, rules and regulations for the International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competition are located on this website. Go to the ODYSSIAD COMPETITION drop-down menu for specific information on LIVE/ONLINE Preliminary Rounds and live Semifinal and Final Rounds for both Solo and Concerto Divisions.

Eligibility: Gold Medalists in previous International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competitions are not eligible to re-enter the same age level of the competition, but may enter the next age solo division when eligible. Silver and Bronze Medalists may re-enter their age level again and compete for the Gold Medal.

LIVE Preliminary Round U.S. locations and deadlines:

  • LIVE audition locations will be announced soon.

  • Applicants who audition LIVE will be notified of their performance time and schedule shortly after application deadlines.

  • Deadline for all LIVE Preliminary Round applications is May 15, 2019.

Application requirements:

  • Current biography maximum 150 words, uploaded as a WORD file.

  • One (1) color photograph (headshot) uploaded as HI-RES 300dpi JPEG file.

  • Repertoire List with timings (composer, title of piece, exact timing) uploaded as a WORD file. If changing repertoire for different rounds, please list repertoire with timings for each progressive round.

  • Application Fee: SOLO Competition Division ($100 USD); CONCERTO Competition Division ($100 USD). If entering BOTH Solo and Concerto Divisions ($150). Concerto applicants must provide their own accompanist for live or online preliminary rounds, but may choose to use an Odyssiad® Festival staff accompanist for a $100 fee, if selected for the Semifinal and Final Rounds, payable at the registration table prior to the Semifinal Round. 

  • Unedited performance video (ONLINE Preliminary Round only) recorded within the past six (6) months showing hands and face of applicant. LIVE Preliminary Rounds do not require a video.


SOLO DIVISION

The International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competition Solo Division is open to four age groups: Level A (13 and under), Level B (14—18), Level C (19—23), and Level D (24–35). Level is determined by competitor’s age as of June 15, 2019.

Repertoire requirement: Free choice of solo piano repertoire (2-3 pieces) selected from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or 20th—21st century stylistic periods. Because different judges are used for each round, the same repertoire may be used for each progressive round. If the Odyssiad® Competition participant wants to change the repertoire in any round, the changes must be noted in the application where the Preliminary Round repertoire is listed. Any repertoire listings for any round may not be changed after June 15, 2019.

Time Limits for Solo Divisions:

  • Level A (13 and under) – minimum of 10 minutes, maximum of 12 minutes

  • Level B (14—18) – minimum of 12 minutes, maximum of 15 minutes

  • Level C (19—23) – minimum of 15 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes

  • Level D (24—35) – minimum of 15 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes


CONCERTO DIVISIONS

Beginning in 2019, the Odyssiad® concerto competition will have two divisions: Single Movement Division for ages 18 and under, and Complete Concerto Division for ages up to and including age 35 (age as of June 15, 2019).

NEW! Single Movement Division:

Repertoire requirement for the Single-Movement Division (ages 18 and under): one complete movement from the standard repertoire with either second piano or orchestral accompaniment (except the following: Schumann Concerto in A minor; Gershwin Concerto in F; and Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini). All music must be played from memory. No changes in concerto repertoire may be made after June 15, 2019.

One winner will be chosen to perform the single movement on a youth concert with the Boulder Symphony in Boulder, Colorado during the 2019—2020 Education Series, Devin Patrick Hughes, conducting. 

Complete Concerto Division:

Repertoire requirement for the Complete Concerto Division, all ages: a complete concerto from the standard repertoire (except Schumann Concerto in A minor; Gershwin Concerto in F; and Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini) with second piano or orchestral accompaniment. All music must be played from memory. No changes in concerto repertoire may be made after June 15, 2019.

One winner will be chosen to perform a complete concerto from the standard repertoire with the Boulder Symphony in Boulder, Colorado during the 2019—2020 Season Series, Devin Patrick Hughes, conducting.

Time Limit: Odyssiad® Competition participants in the Complete Concerto Division must be prepared to perform the entire concerto; however, judges will limit performance time to 25 minutes for the Preliminary and Semifinal Rounds, and allow the full concerto for the Final Round. For the Single Movement Division, competitors will perform the entire movement regardless of length