NEW!!! The 2021 Concerto Competition features the Piano Division.

NEW!!! This competition is for persons 23 years of age or younger.



The participant will perform a single movement from a multi-movement work for solo instrument and orchestra or a single-movement work for solo instrument and orchestra. The repertoire selection is only eligible for this competition if the orchestral parts are public domain and are available on




PART 1: Concerto Competition Class Proceedings

All participants will play on a single evening if registration allows. The participants must perform with live accompaniment (a pianist playing the orchestra reduction). The adjudicator will then follow standard class procedures (offering adjudication, ribbons and seals of standard). In this way, the class portion of this competition is a regular class.


PART 2: Being selected to play with the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra

The names of those who are selected to perform their concerto with the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra will be posted on the festival website after all festival classes are completed.


Further parameters around being selected to perform with the Orchestra

The adjudicator may but is not obligated to select up to six participants to perform with the orchestra. Concert programming and repertoire is taken into consideration in the selection of these participants. The participant must play the same concerto with the orchestra that they played in the competition round. Before you register for the concerto competition class, please check the symphony website to make sure that you are available to perform on the projected concert date. See for details. Winners will be required to attend rehearsals on days and weeks leading up to the concert day. These will be arranged directly with the participant through an orchestra representative. Winner’s contact information will be shared with the orchestra representative. Winners must be prepared to have their photography and biographies published in orchestra literature. They must also attend the KWKMF Finale Concert to receive recognition for their achievement.



Odd years for Piano. Even years for all other divisions.

2021 – Piano

2022 – Strings, Winds, Brass, Voice, Guitar, Other.



Annual KWKMF Concerto Competition

Age of participant on December 31, 2018
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