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After the Winners Concert on June 4:
(left to right) 3rd place, Dongni Xie; 2nd place, Misha Galant; 1st Place, Man-Ling Bai
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The main entrance and foyer of
Carmel's Sunset Center.


Carmel Music Society
Biennial Piano Competition Finals

All Day, Saturday, June 9, 2018  ::  Sunset Center, Carmel

Free Admission to All Events

Since 1976, Carmel Music Society has sponsored an annual competition in a three year cycle: Piano, Voice, and Instrumentalists. As of 2016, the competition has been re-established as a Biennial Piano Competition and 2018 marks our 40th competition.

The 2018 Competition is open to pianists who reside, study, or were born in California, Oregon or Washington State and are between the ages of 18 and 30 on June 9, 2018.

The finalists are competing for cash prizes totaling $10,000 plus a recital presented by Carmel Music Society at Sunset Center next season.

Preliminary Round

The initial round is by audio CD. A panel of judges in Carmel will choose the pianists who will appear in the Finals. Click the links below to download rules and application form

Finals, 10:30am–3:00pm

The Finals will take place on the Sunset Center stage. Each of the finalists will present a varied program of 20-25 minutes. Open free to the general public. No ticket necessary.

Winners' Concert, 8:00pm

The winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Finals, and the three winning pianists will present their programs that evening in the Awards Concert. This concerrt is also open free to the public, and no ticket is necessary.


  First Prize $5,000 (includes a solo recital in the CMS 2018-19 season)

  Second Prize $2,000   ::   Third Prize $1,500   

  All other finalists receive $500.

More Information:

If you have questions, please click here to send us an email

Click to download an Application

Click to download the Competition Rules and Regulations

View a complete list of First Prize winners 1977-2014

All information subject to change.