International Cochran Piano Competition 2021

  • Applications open: 3 September 2020
  • Applications close: 30 November 2020
  • Video submission (after registration) close: 30 April 2021

Welcome to the fifth edition of the International Cochran Piano Competition.


International Cochran Piano Competition is an online piano competition that gives you a chance to focus on your professional, artistic, and personal development.

The Competition was created in 2014 as the first entirely online piano competition in the world and was inspired by the music of Julian Cochran – Australian composer. So far, four editions have taken place, in which 500 pianists from all over the world participated. Its unique formula allows participants to submit recordings of their performances digitally, with no traveling required. The repertoire has to consist of Julian Cochran’s music.


  • No upper age limit
  • Video selection only (one round)
  • Contestants are not required to play from memory


  • Applications open – Thursday 3 September 2020
  • Applications close – Monday 30 November 2020
  • Video Submission Deadline – Friday 30 April 2021
  • Laureates announced – Wednesday 30 June 2021
  • Residency in Adelaide – TBA
  • Residency in Warsaw – TBA

Total Prizes value: 20 000 EUR


  • written feedback on performance from all Jury Members;
  • a one-on-one online conversation with the jury member of the Participant's choice (after the final Competition results are announced);
  • scores (hard copies of up to 10 of Julian Cochran’s chosen works sent to the Participant's address via post);
  • an exclusive webinar about career development conducted by one of our partner mentors - only for pianists who registered & paid entry fee.

THE WINNER will receive

  • Residency award for 5 days in Australia (Adelaide) – two days of lessons conducted by Gil Sullivan and two days of lessons conducted by Julian Cochran. If Covid-19 stops you from traveling to Australia you will be awarded a cash price 2500 euro;
  • CD recording sessions in Warsaw;
  • concert in Warsaw;
  • full individual mentorship for the winner from the moment of when the winner is announced to the moment when a recording takes place (approx. 6-12 months window) to work on career development;
  • photo session for an artist's portfolio.


Total time of submitted video recordings must be:

  • 15-20 minutes of music by Julian Cochran – participant’s own choice of Cochran’s works

Excerpts of all scores of Julian Cochran’s works as well as recordings of selected compositions can be found HERE.


The performances are evaluated by the Jury consisting of outstanding pianists and pedagogues – Dina Yoffe, Gil Sullivan, and Tobias Koch. Moreover, not only do they assign scores, but they also provide written feedback for every participant, as one of the core assumptions of the Competition is to provide the contestants with an opportunity to develop. Each participant is also offered a one-on-one online conversation with the Jury member of their choice.

  • No jury chairperson;
  • Each jury member works online via Acceptd platform (throughout one month, between 15 May - 15 June 2021), independently (there are no jury meetings), every jury member has a chance to listen to a recording more than once;
  • Jury members are obliged to provide written feedback to each contestant.


The steps will be as follows:

1) log in to our Acceptd account (by November 30, 2020)
2) receive Julian Cochran’s scores*
3) record and submit videos (by April 30, 2021)

*50% of all the scores are available on the International Cochran Piano Competition website. All participants will receive up to ten chosen Cochran’s works in a PDF version without the last page sent via email within 7 working days upon registration. Full original printed copies of the scores will be sent to each participant via post within 14 working days upon registration.


We charge a non-refundable application fee of 50 US dollars, but there are no additional costs involved.


There is no upper age limit, however we do require artists to be at least 18 years old by September 3, 2020.


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The International Cochran Piano Competition is run by the Julian Cochran Foundation. Find out more at

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Before applying, please check and study the programme description of your interest. Each description has its specific paragraph about the application process and a link to the online application platform. Fill in the online application form, upload the necessary documents and check your mailbox regularly.

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