Competition Rules and Procedures

1. The competition is held every year in alternating age groups:

  • Every odd year:
    - First Group: between 7 and 10 years
    - Second Group:
    between 11 and 14 years

  • Every even year:
    - Third Group: between 15 and 18 years

2. No changes can be made to the program announced in the Application.

3. The candidate cannot use the same piece twice in the different stages of the competition.

4. If the candidate does not show up at his/her scheduled performance time, he/she is disqualified.

5. The audio and video recordings made during the competition remain property solely of the organizers.

6. The jury retains the right to NOT award any or all prizes.

7. The jury’s decisions are final.

8. This year's competition is open to pianists aged 15-18.

9. The following documents and materials are required in addition to the Application Form:

  • Birth certificate or identity card
  • Artistic bio
  • 1 photo
  • Video recording/s - could be from a past recital, competition, home recording…

It could be separate video clips for each piece, or one whole video file.

10. The application including all required materials needs to be submitted online by Oktober 31th.

11. The candidates who pass the initial review will be notified in writing by November 30th.

12. The chosen candidates will perform in person on December 14th, in Concert Hall Dobrin Petkov (23 Ivan Vazov Street, Plovdiv, Bulgaria). The performance will be videotaped.

13. The jury will vote online.

14. The winners will be announced online on the website of the competition on January 11th (Stella’s birthday).

15. A submitted application constitutes the candidate’s acceptance and agreement to uphold the Competition Rules and Procedures.



  • Stage One – video recording (up to 20 minutes) of two or more pieces representing different music eras and genres (movements of sonatas or concertos are allowed).
  • Stage Two – live performance of two or more (up to 30 minutes altogether and different from Stage One) pieces representing different music eras and genres (no piano concertos), one obligatory piece by a Bulgarian composer.