Sardoal International Piano Meeting

9th Sardoal Young Talent Award 2024


Monika Vida




Monika Vida



Piano Duo Online


  • Juvenile: 29th/30th June, 2024 
  • Junior: 29th/30th June, 2024
  • Senior: 27th/28th June, 2024 (selection round) | 29th/30th June, 2024 (final) | June/July 2025 (winner concert with orchestra)
  • Piano Duo ONLINE: 1st/2nd June, 2024 (live streamed online video selection) | 21st June 2024 (1st prize Duo winners concert with orchestra)
  • 27/29 September 2024: Concert with orchestra with the winners of the Beethoven Special Prize (Junior) and Absolute Best Portuguese Student Prize (Junior or Senior)

Juri 2024

The competition jury will be composed of faculty members and the following external guests: 

Senior Category – Manuel Araújo, Mauro Nadir Matteucci, Gerlinde Otto and Marina Pliassova

Piano Duo Category – To be announced

Junior Category – Manuel Araújo, Helder Entrudo, Mauro Nadir Matteucci, Gerlinde Otto and Marina Pliassova

Juvenile Category – Carolina Alves, Manuel Araújo, Ana Paula Beleza, Eva Gyorgy and Carla Seixas


The Sardoal Young Talent Award (hereafter referred to as “SYTA”), will be open to pianists from all countries.

SYTA is divided into 4 different categories:

JUVENILE: Up to 13 years old
JUNIOR: from Up to 17 years old
SENIOR: from Up to 35 years old
PIANO DUO ONLINE: No age limit (Streamed Online, following pre-recorded video submission by the candidates)

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. Candidates must choose only one of the soloists categories, but may also join the duo category.

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 will take place in Sardoal (Centro Cultural Gil Vicente). 

  • Competitors who are not ready to perform when called upon to do so may be disqualified
  • The Absolute Best Portuguese Student Prize is open to all candidates of portuguese nationality or residence, studying in a portuguese school, conservatory or academy.
  • The Jury retains the right to stop a performance if the competitor exceeds the allotted time
  • 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.

    V I D E O  R E C O R D I N G  R E Q U I R E M E N T S (Piano Duo Category)
    Competitors must send one (1) downloadable video link, to an email provided by the organization after a successful enrolment, complying with the requirements of the category and all the recording regulations. The video will be used for the live streaming on the competition day.
    The video must be unpublished and must have been recorded after March 26, 2024. 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. Duration of the files cannot exceed the timing requested for the category. The total performance time must include the pauses between pieces. 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. The video must be made by one fixed camera and must show the keyboards and the musicians in full view.
    All compositions must be performed in whole. However, single movements from a sonata, or single pieces from a collection, are accepted. 

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 if there are places available, will suffer an increase of 10% on the fees. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Application deadline, Portuguese time zone: 

Soloist categories: June 3rd 2024 ATTENTION: Deadline extented to 9th june, due to problems with the website.

Piano Duo Online: Deadline for Application and sending the Videos 25th May 2024

Application fees are differentiated for each category:

Junior: 45€*

Juvenile: 45€*

Senior: 95€*

Piano Duo: 95€*

*VAT 23% included


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


Application fee payment options:


1) Bank Transfer

IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 45464230189 05



Bank: Millennium BCP

Praça Machado de Assis, 7 a 9, Celas

3000-253 COIMBRA




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