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Please ensure that you read the rules and syllabus below fully. When submiting your application you will be asked to confirm that you have done so. The closing date for applications is 31st January 2025 and recordings should be sent by 21st February 2025 at the latest to Steve Taylor at by


​1. The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, studying or resident in the British Isles on 3rd May 2025 and born on or after 3rd May 1990

2. All competitors must submit with their entry a copy of their birth certificate or passport as evidence of date of birth.

3. Previous First Prize winners and anyone who has studied with any member of the Jury twelve months prior to the competition are not eligible to enter.

4. A maximum of 20 competitors will be selected for the Competition. Eight competitors will be selected for the semi-final and three for the recital final.

5. Competitors must be free from any commitments for the full duration of the Competition ie. from Friday evening, 2nd May 2025 to Monday morning 5th May 2025 and for 25th May 2025.


6. In the event that one of the finalists is unable to play in the final the winner of the fourth prize will be required to play. By applying for the competition all applicants will be treated as confirming that, in the event of them winning fourth prize, they will be able to play in the final at short notice.

7. The Competition reserves the right to refuse the entry of any competitor without giving a reason.

8. Competitor's applications should be supported by:

a. two referees, one of whom should be the competitor’s current piano teacher or if not applicable a reference from a distinguished member of the music profession. DIPC will ask for these references if required, you do not have to submit them with your application form.

b. a recent unedited audio recording of professional standard, 20 to 25 minutes, containing your performances of three contrasting works or movements. Concerto movements will not be accepted.

* Each piece in your audio must be recorded in one unedited take.

*Send your recording via to Steve Taylor clearly labelled with your name and titles of the pieces played.



a. Closing date for application forms and payments is 31st January 2025. No entries will be accepted UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES after 31st January 2025.


b. Recordings in support of applications will be accepted until 21st February 2025.


c. Changes to programmes will be accepted up to 21st March 2025.


d. The applicants who are selected to play in the competition will be required to supply details of the pieces they will play in the final FOURTEEN DAYS after being notified they have been selected to play in the preliminary round of the competition. Once the pieces for the final have been notified, no changes will be allowed.

10. Selections will be made by the DIPC Chairman and Artistic Adviser and the Chairman of the Jury. Their decision is final. No written or verbal feed-back will be provided.

11. Competitors must supply two copies of all music performed in the edition used.

12. It is left to the competitors’ discretion


a. whether to play from memory or not

b. whether or not repeats are played.

13. The jury may stop competitors who exceed the time limit.

14. All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the jury.

15. The decision of the jury at all stages of the competition will be final. The jury will vote in each round by secret ballot, and without discussion. In the event of a tied place, a discussion will take place before a re-vote. 

16. The order of playing for the preliminary stage will be determined by a ballot. The same order will be kept for the semi-final. The jury will decide the order for the final.

17. The Competition reserves the right to replace any member of the jury who is unable to attend.

18. Applications will be treated as agreement to the live streaming of the applicant's performance.


1. The entry fee is £50.00 (non-refundable under any circumstances other than cancellation of the competition) for all entries. Payments should be made by bank transfer online or via BACS - DIPC bank account details as follows:

Dudley International Piano Competition
Sort Code: 40-19-28
Account Number: 22021439

IBAN: GB04MIDL40192822021439

Payment can also be made by PayPal to Please ensure that your full name is shown in the note section if payment is made by PayPal.

For any enquires about payment please contact the Secretary - Steve Taylor:

Please note that no application will be accepted unless payment of the entry fee has been made.

2. All stages are open to the public.

3. Practice facilities will be provided for all competitors.

4. Competitors are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements for all stages of the competition.


6. All enquiries should be addressed to the Secretary Steve Taylor


The Competition is divided into three stages:

1. The Preliminary Stage will be held on 3rd May 2025 at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR commencing at 10.00.

Each competitor will be allowed a maximum of 20 minutes for the performance of three contrasting works from each of the following categories:

a) either a Bach Prelude and Fugue or a Scarlatti Sonata

b) any one movement from a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven

c) a study by Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Debussy, Rachmaninov or one significant work from the Romantic or 20th/21st century repertoire.

A maximum of eight competitors will go forward to the Semi-final Stage.

2. The Semi-final Stage will be held on 4th May 2025 at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR commencing at 10.00.

Competitors will be allowed a maximum of 45 minutes for a professionally presented programme which must include one major work. Competitors will be allowed to incorporate one work from the Preliminary Stage.

3. The Final Stage will be held in association with Barber Concerts at The Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT on Sunday 25th May 2025 at 14.00.


Each finalist will be allowed a maximum of 45 minutes for a professionally presented programme which must include one major work. Finalists will be allowed to incorporate one work from the semi final-stage in their programme


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