A new international competition for young pianists

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Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June 2020

Welcome to our website. We hope that the details here will inspire you to enter the 2020 competition.

A love for music and specifically for the piano has inspired our founder, Dr Sally Wave, to create this international piano competition in Wimbledon, South West London. The aim is to offer both younger and more experienced, gifted pianists – including the those who play just for recreation – the opportunity to perform on a first-class piano in the superb new concert hall of King’s College School, Wimbledon. Most will choose the competitive option, but we also offer non-competitive categories.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions.


Why enter the LYPCO?

  • Three experienced judges who will provide feedback 
  • Cash prizes for the best performances. Please note the entry requirements to be eligible for the three main cash prizes.
  • The opportunity for everyone to enjoy performing in a positive and encouraging environment.


First Round

This will take place on Friday, 19thJune (6.00pm until 9.00pm) and Saturday, 20thJune 2020 (All day from 9.30am). Please click below to view details for the individual categories that can be entered. It is possible to enter one, two or three of the following categories (in either competitive, or non-competitive classes):


The judges will select the best performances in the first round (competitive classes only) for participation in the finals on Sunday, 21stJune from 11.00am till 1.30pm. One piece each per entered category is allowed for this round and if candidates have selected two pieces in any rounds, then one of these will need to be chosen by the candidate.

The new categories for the Finals will be as follows:

  • Grades 1 and 2
  • Grades 3 to 5
  • Grades 6 and 7
  • Grade 8 and Diploma
  • 10 years and under free choice pieces
  • 11 – 12 years free choice pieces
  • 13 – 15 years free choice pieces
  • 16 – 18 years free choice pieces
  • Piano Duets and Trios – only the winners of this category will perform in the finals
  • Piano Concerto movement(s) – only the winner of this category will perform in the finals.


The judges will award bronze, silver and gold medals in each category of the First Round.

Special prizes – Crystal awards – will be presented to the winners in each category of the Finals.

The following cash prizes will be awarded in the finals of the competition.

  • 1stprize – £200 *
  • 2ndprize – £150 *
  • 3rdprize – £100 *
  • Piano Concerto prize – £75
  • Beethoven prize – £75. This is a special prize for the best performance of a work, or movement(s) from a work by Ludwig van Beethoven in the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. If the standard is particularly high, the jury may choose to award additional Beethoven prizes.
  • Piano Duets and Trios prize – £75
  • Merit prizes of £50 each and other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the jury


To be eligible for the three main cash prizes (with an * above), the competitor will need to enter TWO of the four categories in the first rounds. In this case, it is possible to play just one piece in the grades 1-8 and Diploma categories. A 20% reduction on the total entry fees is applicable to anyone entering two, or more categories.


Competition Cycle

The competition will take place every year in June

Important dates for entries in 2020

15th February – entries open

3rd May – entries close

Competition dates for 2020

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June 2020


Competitive Grades 1 to 8 and Diploma
Competitive Free Choice
Competitive Piano Concerto
Competitive Piano Duets

Beethoven 250 years

London Youth Piano Competition is proud to announce the special prize(s) for the best performance of a work or movement (s) of a work by Ludwig van Beethoven, on the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. Please join us in celebrating this titanic genius, the creator of so many timeless and incomparable masterpieces.