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International Cochran Piano Competition 2017

Publish Date: Nov 09, 2016

Deadline: Nov 30, 2016

Unique music – Unique philosophy – Unique competition

The International Cochran Piano Competition is an annual innovative international online  music event. The use of latest digital technologies enables the competition to have  a global reach whilst doing away with the financial and territorial constraints attached to traditional competitions. 

The unique philosophy of the competition emphasises artistic development over the purely competitive element. An innovative methodology of assessment frees the jury to award talents of musical judgement, imagination, conviction and sensitivity, regardless of age and origin. 

This original evaluation system, which combines feedback with mentorship, opens pianists from around the world to new possibilities of building an international artistic career.  The values behind this philosophy are personified by Australian composer Julian Cochran and his music, which became the main source of inspiration for the competition.  


  • Online competition (no travel/accommodation costs for pianists)

  • No entry fee

  • Only one round (pianists upload their video recordings)

  • No live streaming (jury selection based on submitted video recordings)

  • No upper age limit

  • Open to pianists from all countries


The Organizers reserve the right to change the Competition schedule and regulations.


  • 15–20 minutes of your choice of music by Julian Cochran

  • 15–20 minutes repertoire of your own choice

  • Total time of submitted video recordings – 30–40 minutes



  • CD recording sessions: Solo album recorded in Warsaw; we cover costs of travel to Warsaw, accommodation, meals, local transportation, visa, insurance (estimated cost ca. EUR 8000)

  • CD release (EUR 5000)

  • Photo sessions and promo film (EUR 3500)

  • One-year scholarship for study with Jadwiga Śmieszchalska (EUR 1000)

  • Winner’s web page (EUR 1000)

  • Wireless recording microphone funded by Mikme (EUR 499)

  • Total prize value: Up to EUR 20000  + additional promotional concerts


  • For the best interpretation of Julian Cochran music - piano bench funded by Hidrau Model (EUR 300)

  • For the best interpretation of Julian Cochran music - wireless recording microphone funded by Mikme (EUR 499)

  • For honorable mention recipients: Mentoring with Rafi Gokay Wol (Member of the Board of Directors at the London-based Harrison Parrott agency) and Gustav Alink (Co-founder and Director of the Alink-Argerich Foundation


  • Jury members receive only the pianists’ ID numbers. Their ages, countries of origin, names and surnames are not revealed until the moment that the results are announced

  • No jury chairperson

  • Each jury member works independently

  • No jury meetings

  • No communication between jury members

  • Winner chosen based strictly on point totals

  • Jury members focus mostly on inventiveness and richness of interpretation, as well as evidence of musical sensitivity

  • Positive and negative feedback for each pianist by each jury member (sent as PDF files)

  • Each pianist has the opportunity to speak via Skype with the jury member of their choice about their performance (after results are announced)

Calendar, Edition 2017

October 3 – November 30, 2016 registration

September 30, 2017 deadline for uploading of video recordings

November 29, 2017 announcement of results

March, 2018 CD recording sessions for the winner

June, 2018 CD release End of 2018 promo concerts


Maciej Harla mharla@cochranpianocompetition.com

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