The 2019 Competition Finalists Are Announced!

YUNG-YI CHEN, piano
Taiwan

VILMOS CSIKOS, violin
Belgium

EMILYA GASPARYAN, violin
Greece/Armenia

YIBO GUAN, cello
China/USA

HUAN HO, cello
Taiwan

CHENG-CHIA LEE, cello
Taiwan

BOYI LI, violin
China

HONG-YOU LIU, piano
Taiwan

LOANH MIRANDE, violin
France

YIJING (INA) XU, piano
China

About

The Aragats International Competition is open to all participants of the festival. The competition is held in two rounds: a preliminary recorded round and a live final round. Both rounds are evaluated by an international jury comprised of festival faculty members. Award recipients are invited to perform at the Competition Winners’ Gala Concert to be held during the festival. There are no age restrictions for entering the competition.

The 2019 Competition is open to pianists, violinists, violists, and cellists.

Repertoire Requirements

Preliminary Round (Video Recording):

  • Two contrasting pieces/movements from different time periods. Total duration of no less than 15 minutes. Your festival application videos will serve as your preliminary round recordings.

Final Round (Live):

  • Three contrasting pieces/movements from different time periods, of which one must be a virtuoso work. Piano concertos are not permitted. First round repertoire may not be repeated. Memorization is required with the exception of accompanied sonatas.

Competition Procedure

Applicants are notified of the results of their preliminary round recordings in May/June. Successful candidates are then asked to submit their repertoire selections for the final round.

The final round takes place during the festival and is open to the public. Performances are limited to 15 minutes; the jury reserves the right to interrupt candidates who exceed the time limit. An accompanist is provided for string players.

Application & Fees

Competition Fee: $125

To apply, simply check the appropriate box on the Festival Application. The system will prompt you to submit the Competition Fee along with your application.

Awards

In addition to the prizes listed below, all competition winners receive a diploma and perform at the Competition Winners’ Gala Concert. This year’s concert will be held on July 22, 2019 at the Concert Hall of the Aram Khachaturian Museum.

First Prize:

  • $1000 cash prize
  • Invitation to perform solo with the festival’s chamber orchestra during the 2020 festival
  • $500 scholarship towards the 2020 festival

Second Prize:

  • $500 cash prize

Third Prize:

  • $250 cash prize

Awards for most outstanding pianist, violinist, violist, and/or cellist may also be awarded at the discretion of the jury. Young Artist prizes may be awarded if applicable.

The jury reserves the right to not award any one or more prizes.