Competition Rules





I. Conditions of participation in the Competition 

The Competition is open to young pianists of all nationalities born between April 12,1990 and April 12, 2007.

To participate in the Competition, applicants must submit before 31 January, 2023:

  • an online application on
  • the application must include a video recording for the qualifying round, as described in the repertoire section: 10-15 min, including a mandatory virtuoso etude. Works can be recorded separa- tely and video(s) can be uploaded at the end of the application process.

The deadline for submission of applications is January 31, 2023. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The Qualifying Round (pre-selection) will take place in February 2023. Having considered the Qualifying Round submissions, the Preliminary Jury will choose the participants for the First Round of the Competition. 

A number of Pianists who have won First or Second Prize in music competitions affiliated to the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) between January 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2022, may be directly admitted to the live rounds of the Horowitz Competition Kyiv-Geneva. In this case, a video recording is not required and a decision on their admission will be made solely on the basis of their application form.

Corresponding information can be found in the online application.

The list of participants will be published on the website no later than February 28, 2023. Invitations to the Competition in Geneva will be sent to participants by March 5, 2023.

All participants are responsible for their own travel documents. Participants in need of a visa for Switzerland/ Schengen are asked to contact the competition office for assistance.

All participants who receive invitations must notify the competition secretariat at of the precise date and time of their arrival by April 5, 2023. 



Timetable of the competition


January 31       Application deadline

February 28     Announcement of candidates   

April 12            Registration and drawing of lots; Opening ceremony

April 13-15       First Round (28 candidates)

April 16-17       Second Round (up to 15 candidates)

April 18-19       Third Round / Semifinal (up to 9 candidates)

April 20            Rehearsals with orchestra

April 21            Final Round (3 candidates) and Award Ceremony 

First, Second and Third round will take place at the Salle Liszt, Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva. Orchestra rehearsals and Final Round will take place at Victoria Hall.

All pieces on the program must be played from memory, with the exception of Ukrainian composers, and works written after 1970.

The order in which participants of the competition perform will be determined by drawing of lots and will remain unchanged throughout the Competition. Only during the Final Round, the order may be changed by the jury for artistic considerations.

All rounds of the competition are open to the public and will be streamed live on and other platforms.



II. Entry fees

All candidates are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of CHF 100. Payment should be made by credit card on the MUVAC website at the end of the online application.

For information on bank transfer options, please contact the competition secretariat first.

Nationals of Ukraine are exempt from the application fee. Upon sending a short e-mail

to, a separate application link will be sent within 24 hours.



III. The Jury

The jury is made up of music professionals of different nationalities. Applicants who will be, or have been during the past 2 years, students of any of the jury members, as well as those who have family relations with any of them, cannot participate in the competition.

The composition of the preliminary jury and the jury of the live rounds will vary.

For the duration of the competition, there are strict rules barring contenders from contacting members of the jury. 

All jury decisions are final.



IV. Travel, Accommodation and Practice rooms

International participants who have been accepted for the live rounds of the competition may apply for travel support.

All selected participants will receive free accommodation with a host family or at a hotel.

Practice rooms, most of them with grand pianos, are available for all competitors at the Conservatoire de Genève. In addition, sound check rehearsals will be offered at the performance venues (Salle Liszt and Victoria Hall).



V. Privacy Rights

On registering for the competition, a candidate implicitly authorises the Horowitz Competition Kyiv-Geneva to utilise, at their discretion, personal data and photographic images provided, as well audio-visual recordings. This extends to internet distribution of the competition rounds, to which the competitor will have been admitted. The competition and/or its media partner assume full ownership of all audio-visual recordings it has produced, while claiming exclusive commercial and non-commercial rights thereof. Non-exclusive rights for non-commercial use may be given to candidates and partners upon request.