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Orchestra Miami Announces Competition for Young Piano Duo Performers

On Feb. 25, 2024, Orchestra Miami will bring a two performances of Camille Saint-Saëns’ brilliant comic orchestral composition, Carnival of the Animals, to Zoo Miami in South Dade. An important part of this performance is that Carnival of the Animals features duo piano soloists. Orchestra Miami is pleased to announce an opportunity for two young pianists to be featured as the soloists in these performances.

To find these young pianists, Orchestra Miami is announcing a competition for duo pianists ages 18 and under* to compete for an opportunity to perform Carnival of the Animals with the orchestra.  In addition to performance opportunities with Orchestra Miami, each pianist will receive a $500 cash prize.

The first round of the competition will be by video entry. The final round will take place the week after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27- Dec. 1, 2023, location and exact date/time to be announced. Video entries will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 17, 2023

  • Pianists must enter as a Duo

  • The repertoire for the competition can either be for piano duet or piano duo, but the pianists must enter and perform as a team

  • The first-round pieces do not have to be performed from memory.

  • The first-round videos must be received by Friday, Nov. 17, 2023

  • Finalists will be announced by November 24, 2023

  • Finalists will be notified by email

  • To submit a video for consideration, please upload your video to YouTube or other file-sharing site, and send the link to

  • Judges for the final round will include Maestro Elaine Rinaldi, Artistic Director of Orchestra Miami and one other judge, TBA

  • The winners will receive $500 each, private coaching/concert prep from Maestro Rinaldi, rehearsal with the orchestra, and a minimum of two public performances.

  • The public performances do not have to be performed from memory.

  • Please send any questions to Maestro Rinaldi at


This competition is sponsored by Orchestra Miami, and by Steinway Piano Gallery of Coral Gables.

^In the event that no suitable candidates under the age of 18 are found, the Artistic Director reserves the right to extend the age limit.

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