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24–28 January 2023, Pretoria, South Africa

     The MANSH International Piano Competition establishes a platform for young artists and to promote the art of pianism. The participants’ performances over three rounds will be adjudicated by an international jury and the prize winners could receive valuable exposure to promote their careers. 


24–28 January 2023

South Africa


There is NO AGE LIMIT. The competition is open to candidates of all ages.

  • The competition is open to candidates of all nationalities.

  • During the registration at the competition venue, candidates will have to show official and valid documents as proof of their identity.

  • The jury’s decisions are final and irrevocable. The jury may decide not to award one or any of the prizes.

  • The performances are to be played from memory.

  • All performances are open to the public.

  • In case of radio or television productions or audio and/or video recordings of any of the rounds, the participating candidates have no right to advance financial claims or requests towards producers or broadcasters.

  • Competition prizes will be awarded in South African Rand (ZAR) at the end of the competition.

  • Participation at the competition implies the tacit consent of the above.

  • If there is a dispute about the interpretation of the rules, the valid text will be the English one.


Participants will not be reimbursed for any travel expenses.


Candidates will not be considered for admission to the competition without payment of the application fee:

  • International applicants — €100

  • South African citizens — ZAR1,600

The application fee is non-refundable.

Bank account details for EFT:

Van Dyk Steenkamp Attorneys


ACC: 4052262032

Branch: 632005

Ref. Piano contest

Please upload proof of payment of the application fee in your online application (see previous section).


24 Jan 2023 ~ Arrival, registration and opening concert.
25 Jan 2023 ~  Preliminary round.
26 Jan 2023 ~  Semi-final round.
27 Jan 2023 ~  Day Off. Master classes and Workshops.
28 Jan 2023 ~  Final. 



1st prize — €6,000
2nd prize — €3,000
3rd prize — €2,000

Special prizes:

  • Audience prize — €500

  • Best performance of a Romantic work — €500

  • Best performance of a South African work — €500*

* It is not compulsory to include a South African work in any of the programmes.


  • Online applications must be sent via E-Mail (click here to apply)

  • The following information and specific documents are required for each application:

  • Digital copy of the applicant's identity document.

  • Curriculum vitae/bio in English (maximum 350 words), PDF only.

  • One high resolution (minimum 300dpi) black and white press photo.

  • Programmes for all the rounds.

  • Proof of payment of the application fee (see next section).

  • Deadline for applications: 30 November 2022, 23:00 SAST (GMT+2).


Free programme with no repetition of pieces.

The repertoire should include conventional Western classical music (Baroque through Romantic), and contemporary classical music from all cultures and traditions, originally composed for a keyboard instrument, i.e., harpsichord or piano. Arrangements of popular songs or music from musicals / soundtracks are not acceptable.

All rounds are to be performed from memory.

Preliminary round: 15–20 minutes*
Semi-final round: 35–40 minutes*
Final round: 50–55 minutes*
* Including breaks off-stage


  • The first twenty candidates accepted as participants to the competition will be given preference to be placed with guest hosts and can stay for free for the duration of the competition.

  • Accommodation for additional participants will be organised in nearby guesthouses, for their own account.

  • In both instances, breakfast will be included.

  • Lunch and dinner will be for participants' own accounts. There are several restaurants within walking distance from the competition venue.

  • Candidates who would prefer to stay in a guesthouse rather than with guest hosts, should indicate it on the application form.

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