Sardoal International Piano Meeting

Sardoal Young Talent Award 2021 (in person / online)


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The 2021 competition will be held in to separate editions (in person and online) on the following days:

NOTE: Due to the present pandemic international restrictions and situation in August, the competition will only take place online.

  • Juvenile: August 22nd, 2021 (in person edition) | August 23rd, 2021 (online edition) 
  • Junior: August 25th, 2021 (in person edition) | August 23rd, 2021 (online edition) 
  • Senior: August 24th, 2021 (in person edition selection) | August 21st, 2021 (online edition selection) | August 25th, 2021 (in person edition final) | August 26th (online edition final). 
  • Piano Duo: August 25th, 2021 (in person edition) | August 26th, 2021 (online edition)

Juri 2021

Senior Category – To be updated

Piano Duo Category – To be updated

Junior Category – To be updated

Juvenile Category – To be updated


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Edition of the 6th Sardoal Young Talent Award ((hereafter referred to as “SYTA”), will be split in two separate competitions (IN PERSON in Sardoal and ONLINE on the Official Facebook page of the Sardoal International Piano Meeting) and both will be open to pianists from all countries.

Please read all the rules and regulations carefully. It is your responsibility to make sure that your application complies with all requirements.

SYTA is divided into 4 different categories:

JUVENILE: 13 years old and younger
JUNIOR: from 14 to 17 years old
SENIOR: from 18 to 35 years old
PIANO DUO: No age limit, 4 hands repertoire only

Competitors must be within the age range of their categories in the application deadline day. Past First Prize Winners are not permitted to compete in the same category but are allowed to compete in a higher category even if under aged. Competitors must choose between the IN PERSON and the ONLINE competitions. It is not possible to take part in both competitions.

For specific regulations, repertoire, dates and prizes of each category, please consult the information above, in “categories”.

Jury members who are teaching, or have taught in the past, one of the competitors (in a school, privately or in a masterclass) must inform the organization in advance, the remaining jury members will be informed after voting. Juries must not vote on his own/past students, and only the average of the remaining juries will be considered for these students. Competitors cannot appeal against the decisions of the Jury. 

SYTA ONLINE EDITION will take place on the Internet, by pre-recorded video submission (see “Video Recording Requirements” section below for all details). All the submitted video recordings, when complying with all the regulations and minimum performance standards, will be streamed online in the competition determined dates, while jury members watch and listen from different corners of the world. As soon as the last online performance of each category is broadcasted, the jury will meet in a video conference and vote. The results will be announced the same day. 

SYTA IN PERSON EDITION will take place in Sardoal (Centro Cultural Gil Vicente). 

  • All repertoire must be performed by memory, except in the duo category
  • Competitors who are not ready to perform when called upon to do so may be disqualified
  • The Jury retains the right to stop a performance if the competitor exceeds the allotted time

Application Requirements

In order to take part in SYTA, candidates must fill out the online Application Form and pay the Application Fee before the deadline. Late applications after the deadline, when accepted, will suffer an increase of 10% on the fees. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Application deadline, Portuguese time zone: July 15th 2021  / August 14th (late applications)

IMPORTANT: No video recording is needed at the time of the application in the ONLINE competition (see video rules below).

Application fees (In person or Online) are differentiated for each category:

Junior: 45€*

Juvenile: 45€*

Senior: 95€*

Piano Duo: 95€*

*VAT 23% included


Application fee payment options:


2) Bank Transfer

IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 45464230189 05



Bank: Millennium BCP

Praça Machado de Assis, 7 a 9, Celas

3000-253 COIMBRA

Application fee will not be returned under any condition. Costs of the transaction must be assumed by the applicant.


Competitors must send one (1) downloadable video link, to an email provided by the organization after a successful enrolment, complying with the requirements of each category and all the recording regulations.  The video must be sent respecting the following deadline: August 14th 2021 (Juvenile, Junior, Piano Duo, Senior Selection Round) August 22nd 2021 (Senior Final)

The video will be used for the live streaming on the competition day.

By participating in SYTA, competitors give to the Organization all rights regarding audio and video recordings, so they can be broadcasted with no financial compensation to the candidate.

The Organization must be able to easily download the original files to upload and stream them during the competition days. The contestant must use WeTransfer, DropBox, Filemail, Google Drive, OneDrive or similar when sending the video. YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc., links will not be accepted.
The video must be unpublished and must have been recorded after September 15, 2020. To ensure that the recording has been made specifically for the competition, competitors have to say “Sardoal Young Talent Award” at the beginning of the video, before performing. The video recording does not necessarily have to be professionally made but it must have a good video and sound quality so it can be evaluated.

SYTA is aware that some participants may be confined at home. Grand, upright, and electric pianos with 88 weighted keys are accepted.

Duration of the files cannot exceed the timing requested for each category. The total performance time must include the pauses between pieces (if more than one is played). Files that exceed the allotted time will not be accepted.

Edited video recordings will not be accepted. The video must be taken in one shot, no interruptions during the entire performance are permitted or after the spoken presentation. The video must be made by one fixed camera and must show the keyboard and the musician in full view.

All compositions must be performed in whole. However, single movements from a sonata, or single pieces from a collection, are accepted. Memorization is only required for the soloist categories. Repeats will be left to the discretion of the competitor.

The chosen pieces should be published musical works. If requested by the jury, the candidate should provide a copy of the score by email. Compositions and improvisations made by the participants are not allowed

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