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Elena Leonova International Young Pianists Competition


The New York Piano Society is announcing a competition (held virtually this year) for outstanding young pianists (ages 12-18) who also have significant achievements in non-musical areas to be selected to perform in our concert season.

The Elena Leonova International Young Pianists Competition was created, in memory of our beloved Artistic Director Emeritus, to promote the next generation of pianists who may be professionals in other non-musical fields.

Winners will be chosen based on the quality of their piano performances in addition to the level of their achievements in non-musical fields. The winner will receive $500 and will be featured at a major New York City venue in one of New York Piano Society’s concerts.

Our venues include, but are not limited to Carnegie Hall (Weill, Zankel Hall), Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

Note: The final round of the competition is still to be decided depending on the ongoing COVID-19 situation.


  • Ages 12-18
  • Held Virtually
  • Significant achievements in non-musical areas

Grand Prize

  • $500 prize
  • Featured at a major NYC venue



  • The deadline for Video Submissions is April 15, 2022

  • Please fill out this application

  • Students must submit an unedited video (at least 5 minutes but no more than 20 minutes)

  • Pieces are up to the individual applicants choice but must meet the time requirements

  • Students must be between 12-18 years of age

  • Students are required to submit a CV or Resume that denotes their achievements (academic and musical)

Application Fee

  • Students are required to submit a letter of recommendation
  • An application fee of $75  is required for submission into the contest.

  • Information on paying the fee can be found within the application

  • All submissions should sent to Adriana Sistig

  • Please reach out if you have any issues

“I feel so privileged to be a part of NYPS, and grateful to Elena, who has allowed me to grow as a musician and pursue my passion in ways I didn’t expect I would be able to when I left school.”

NICK STEADStrategic & Financial Planner
Elena Leonova

International Young Pianists Competition

International Young Pianists Competition.

2021 Results

It is our great pleasure to announce the winner of the First Elena Leonova* International Young Pianists Competition. Out of quite a number of submissions, a panel of three judges – world class pianist and Elena’s daughter, Aleksandra Silber, violin superstar soloist Chee-Yun, as well Natasha Paremski, Artistic Director – have chosen Elizabeth Yang, 17 years old. 

She won the judges over with her brilliant playing, beautiful sense of phrasing and exciting energy.

Elizabeth will participate in the forthcoming workshop and masterclass, virtual concert, and in a major New York City venue as soon as it is safe to do so. 

We want to thank all of our competition applicants and congratulate them on wonderful performances, they were all truly astounding.