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About the Iowa Piano Competition

The Iowa Piano Competition is a three-round competition hosted by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in Sioux City, Iowa. The next Competition is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2019. Twelve pianists from all entries received will be selected by jury to compete in the Competition.

The Competition consists of three rounds:

First Round - Solo Recital

Twelve competitors will present a 30-minute solo recital from memory. This round is free and open to the public.  Six semi-finalists will be announced at the end of the day.

Semi-Final Round - Chamber Music

Each of the semi-finalists will perform a movement (15-20 minutes) from selected piano trios with the IPC Trio. The semi-finalists will also prepare a 5-10 minute commissioned piece for solo piano. Three finalists will be announced following the performance.

Final Round - Concerto

Each of the finalists will perform a movement(s) from preselected piano concerti in concert with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.  At the conclusion of the performance, the 2017 Iowa Piano Competition winner will be announced.

Hotel accommodations will be provided for all twelve competitors beginning on Wednesday, March 8, through Monday, March 13, 2017. Ground transportation to and from the hotel, rehearsal space, and performance venue will be provided by the IPC. Additionally, all twelve competitors will receive a $250 stipend towards travel expenses.


The Iowa Piano Competition offers $14,000 in prize money, including: $7,500 first; $2,750 second; $1,500 third; $1,000 fourth; $750 fifth; $500 sixth.


The Iowa Piano Competition is an Internation Competition open to pianists of all nationalities between the ages of 18 and 35 (up to and including those that are 35) at the time of the Competition. A photocopy of the entrant's birth certificate or equivalent proof of age must be submitted to the IPC as part of the application process. 


2017 Judges

Haewon Song, Oberlin Conservatory
Pavel Nersessian, Boston University
Robert Roux, Rice University, The Shepherd School of Music


To be updated for the 2019 Competition, but for timeline purposes, we have the 2017 Dates below:

July 1, 2016 - Opening Date for Application
November 7, 2016 - Online Application Deadline 
November 7, 2016 - Postmark deadline - Audition CD, Proof of Age, Application Fee
approx. December 12, 2016 - Notification of Acceptance
March 8, 2017 - Competition Orientation Meeting (must be checked in by 4:00 p.m.)
March 9-12, 2017 - Competition




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