GOING VIRTUAL – Rescheduled for June 5 + 6, 2021

The Competition Co-Chairs—in consultation with the FMMC Foundation Board—concluded that it was prudent to switch this year’s Washington International Competition in Piano to a VIRTUAL COMPETITION. Originally scheduled for May 23 & 24, 2020, and twice rescheduled due to the global pandemic, the Washington International Competition for Piano will now be held virtually on June 5 & 6, 2021. We are delighted at the prospect of presenting our competition in this format while maintaining the most important aspects of an in-person event. We look forward to an exciting competition with our distinguished panel of judges: Robert McDonald, John Perry, and Simone Dinnerstein. The WIC competitions will continue to be held each spring in annual rotation: Strings and Composition in 2022, Voice in 2023, and Piano again in 2024.

We invite you to view our six finalists perform and to vote for the audience prize during the WIC Finals, broadcast via Zoom Webinar on June 6 at 1pm.

Click here to view to Program Booklet.

We will present six recorded performances selected by the judges the previous day, as it has always been — the only difference this year is that they will be pre-recorded instead of live and in-person. We will also continue our audience prize of $1,000, where audience members may vote using the polling feature within Zoom. Finally, we’ll conclude the event with the announcement of the winners after the judges have deliberated.

To attend, simply register on Eventbrite and you will receive a link to Zoom Webinar in your confirmation email to watch the broadcast.

Grace McFarlane and Junko Takahashi, Competition Co-Chairs, wicpiano2020@gmail.com
Grace McFarlane, Foundation Director, foundation@fmmc.org


Saturday, June 5, 2021

Closed session for judges to view and evaluate contestants’ programs and select six finalists.


Sunday, June 6, 2021, 1:00pm

Recorded performances will be broadcast via Zoom Webinar. Broadcast open to the public, free of charge. To register, visit: eventbrite.com/e/153022346959

All semifinalists’ recordings will be accessible on fmmcfoundation.org at the conclusion of the competition.


  • Robert McDonald
  • John Perry
  • Simone Dinnerstein

Preliminary Judges

  • Paul Leavitt
  • Scott Beard
  • Bok Hwa Kim
  • Rhoda Jeng
  • Charles Timbrell


  • First Prize: $10,000
  • Second Prize: $5,000
  • Third Prize: $3,000
  • Three Finalist Awards: $1,000 each
  • Audience Prize: $1,000

Performance Awards

Performance awards include solo appearance with the Avanti Orchestra, and a solo recital in Washington, DC (Alice Nagle Fund)

Virtual Competition Updates

The Preliminary Stage of the competition was concluded in March 2020 and 16 semifinalists, and alternates, were selected. All contestants have been notified of the new arrangements and have reconfirmed their availability for the competition.

Contestants will record their entire program and upload it to the platform designated by the competition officials. The FMMC Foundation Board agreed to offer an honorarium of $400 to each semifinalist to help defray costs associated with the recording of their program for the competition.

Recording Guidelines

  • Video Recordings must be made on a single instrument, with a fixed point of view focused on the contestant, with only one camera in one location, as if from the audience’s perspective. The camera should show a full side view of the contestant, with hands and pedals visible.
  • The video cannot include any corrective editing and should only include basic transitions between pieces. No sound enhancements are allowed.
  • Multi-movement works (Preludes & Fugues, Sonatas, Character Pieces/groupings of pieces by a single composer, etc.) must be recorded in a single take. All compositions will then be combined and submitted in a single file, with the contestant’s choice piece placed at the beginning of the video.
  • The recording is meant to be a true representation of a live performance and give the judges a true and honest view of your playing.
  • Videos must include timestamps for every piece and movement, to allow judges easy access to locate specific points in the performance.
  • Submit a high-quality file. The best type for submission is MP4.


Information For Future Interested Applicants


Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (as of the date of the competition). Proof of age will be required. Applicants must not be under professional management. Previous first-prize winners of the competition and current students of the judges may not apply.


Application are found at www.getacceptd.com/wic. Please direct all questions about the application process to Getacceptd.  Specific repertoire questions should be directed to the Co-Chairs at wicpiano2020@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted from September 15, 2019, until the deadline on February 15, 2020.

Required Repertoire

Your repertoire must include the following:
  1. J. S. Bach: Any work. (Pieces with multiple sections or movements must be prepared in their entirety)
  2. An entire Classical Sonata by one of the following composers: Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven (excluding Op. 49), or Schubert
  3. A major work from the Romantic period
  4. A substantial work from the 20th or 21st century
  5. A piece of the contestant’s choice not to exceed 10 minutes
  • Applicants should be prepared to perform all submitted repertoire for the semifinal and final rounds.
  • All music must be performed by memory.
  • The submitted repertoire program should be a minimum of 60 minutes.

Regulations and Instructions

  1. No changes in repertoire permitted past the deadline date.
  2. Submit a maximum of 35 minutes chosen from your required repertoire for the audition video. List of formats allowed on the Getacceptd site. The selections should present a representation of your playing.
  3. A jury will review submissions and select 16 semifinalists.
  4. All applicants will be notified of the results at least 2 months prior to the competition date.
  5. Semifinalists will be sent further instructions as needed.


Housing will be offered to all semifinalists, with local transportation and meals offered at the convenience of hosts.  These accommodations in private homes will include access to an excellent piano.

Additional Information

  1. The FMMC Foundation assumes no responsibility for actions of or injuries sustained by applicants or their escorts during their course of stay in the Washington, DC area.
  2. All contestants are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, DC.
  3. The decision of the judges is final and not to be disputed. No contact with the judges is permitted until after the results have been announced.
  4. The WIC reserves the right to use any recordings or photographs originated during the competitions, or any photographs or recordings provided by the contestants.


Further information about the competition and the application process is available from the Competition Co-Chairs at wicpiano2020@gmail.com.