The 2019 Competition Finalists Are Announced!
YUNG-YI CHEN, piano
VILMOS CSIKOS, violin
EMILYA GASPARYAN, violin
YIBO GUAN, cello
HUAN HO, cello
CHENG-CHIA LEE, cello
BOYI LI, violin
HONG-YOU LIU, piano
LOANH MIRANDE, violin
YIJING (INA) XU, piano
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.
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.
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.
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.
- $1000 cash prize
- Invitation to perform solo with the festival’s chamber orchestra during the 2020 festival
- $500 scholarship towards the 2020 festival
- $500 cash 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.