Registration

Registration

ALL DIVISIONS 

ENTRY REGISTRATION OPENS – Monday, May 16, 2022 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Saturday, October 15, 2022

LATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE –  Saturday, October 22, 2022

Registrations have been CLOSED as of October 22

Mail-in Registration

Registration will be online only. Whereas mail-in registration discontinues, applicable fees still may be mailed to


Los Angeles International Liszt Competition
c/o Kathy Hickey, director
38600 Pine Dr.
Cherry Valley, CA 92223

We encourage all contestants to attend all the events, including the Award Winners’ Concert.   

Concert tickets:
Adults at $10.00
Students at $5.00


Please feel free to contact us for further information

Competition Divisions

Piano –Division I – Ages 12 and under
              Division II – Ages 13-14
              Division III – Ages 15-17
              Division IV – Ages 18-22
              Division V – Ages 23-35
              Division VI – Longer Works
              Division VII – Concerto
Voice – Division VIII – Ages 35 and under
Voice – Division IX – New York concert
Piano – Division X – Budapest Concert

Competition Guidelines

1. Contestants are eligible according to their age as of November 19, 2022. NOTE: Some Divisions will have limits on the number of contestants.

2. Contestants may perform any works by Franz Liszt. Simplified versions are not acceptable. Transcriptions and paraphrases composed by Liszt are acceptable.

3. Time limits for the auditions are as follows:
Piano –Division I – 10 minutes
             Division II – 
10 minutes

             Division III – 10 minutes
             Division IV – 10 minutes
             Division V – 10 minutes
             Division VI – 15 minutes
             Division VII – 20 minutes
Voice – Division VIII – 2 songs req.
Voice – Division IX – 20 minutes
Piano – Division X – 30 minutes

4. Piano Divisions I-V may perform a composition that is slightly longer than their suggested time limit (e.g. Mephisto Waltz).

5. Piano Division VI (Longer Works) is for works that are approximately 15 minutes long, including the following repertoire: Vallèe d’Obermann, Ballade No. 2, Rhapsodie Español, Dante Sonata, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen Variations. Other choices are encouraged; please contact Director. The complete piece should be prepared.

6. Piano Division VII (Concerto) includes any work by Liszt for piano and orchestra. Please indicate at the end of the repertoire list if an accompanist is needed. Contestants are responsible for compensating their accompanist for all rehearsals and performances.

7. Voice Division VIII requires “O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst” and one other song by Liszt. Both must be sung in the original language. Please indicate at the end of the repertoire list if an accompanist is needed. Contestants are responsible for compensating their accompanist for rehearsals and performances.

8. Voice Division IX (New York Concert) offers the winner a solo recital of the music of Liszt in New York City. Although the recital will require 50 minutes of music, only 20 minutes is required for the November competition. Contestant repertoire must include songs in two languages, French, Italian, or German and every song has to be sung in the original language. The judges will take into consideration not only the Competition performance but also the coherence of the complete proposed program.

9. Piano Division X (Budapest Concert) offers the winner a solo recital of the music of Liszt at the prestigious Liszt Ferenc Museum and Research Centre in Budapest, Hungary, on May 27, 2023. The recital will take place in the hall where Liszt taught his students. Although the recital will require 50 minutes of music, only 30 minutes is required for the Competition. The judges will take into consideration not only the Competition performance but also the coherence of the complete proposed program. The Competition performance should demonstrate that the contestant will have complete technical and musical mastery of the proposed program.

10. Contestants may enter more than one division. They must use separate repertoire and pay the entry fee for each division. Divisions that do not meet minimum registrations will be canceled.

11. All music must be performed from memory. One copy of the music must be provided for the judges. Photocopies are not allowed unless the music is out-of-print.

12. First Place Winners in each division will perform in the Sunday Evening Concert Finale.

13. Other awards in each division may include Second, Third, Fourth Places and Honorable mentions. “Best Performance” awards will be given for pieces chosen by the judges and/or the donors. Awarding of prizes is at the discretion of the judges; judges reserve the right to decline to award prizes.

14. All awards will be presented at the Sunday Evening Concert. Winners not present at the Concert forfeit their awards.

15. Every contestant will receive a book or CD of Liszt.

16. Entry deadline is October 15, 2022. If paying the entry fee by mailing a check, the postmark has to be October 15.  A separate online entry form is required for each division entered. Late applications will be accepted until October 22 for an addition late registration fee of 30 USD. 

17. Division VI Longer Works will include the first twenty (20) applicants based on date of their application. Applicants not meeting this criteria may perform one of the defined Longer Works in an Age Division, with the understanding that the performance time will be shorter.

18. Division IX, New York concert prize includes airfare (economy class) from Los Angeles to New York City or equivalent; two nights hotel and two days per diem based on US government guidelines. The winner will be provided an accompanist for the New York concert.

19. Division X, Budapest concert prize may include other concert venues, to be determined. Budapest prize includes airfare to Budapest (economy class) and the added venues; hotel nights as necessary; and per diem based on US government guidelines. All other expenses including passport, visa, insurance, other transportation costs, etc., are the responsibility of the performer. Performer is expected to make all passport and visa arrangements for the concert tour.