World Pianist Invitational - Where the world's promising pianists meet and compete

One of the World’s Premier International Classical Piano Competitions

The World Pianist Invitational provides the international community with an annual opportunity to come together and celebrate its enduring love for classical piano through the promise of its most gifted young artists.


A Unique Finals Showcase

WPI Finalists - or Phenom Laureates, as we call them - will be adjudicated by a panel of five international judges. The WPI Foundation guarantees a minimum of $10,000 in cash scholarships to be shared among the finalists who perform in the Final Round and Gala Concert.

Competition finalists perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, offering WPI Phenom Laureates the prestige of performing on the stage of an internationally known and respected venue.

Strict International Guidelines

The World Pianist Invitational adheres to strict international competition rules and regulations and has adopted the rigorous guidelines approved by the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WFIMC guidelines require its member competitions to follow strict protocols and performance structures to ensure the highest levels of integrity and fairness throughout the competitive process. Under the guidance of the WPI Judicial Committee, WPI will feature certified international adjudication, to ensure that all appropriate standards for international diversity and representation are addressed.

Enhance Your Musical Credentials

The WPI Committee presents a personalized World Pianist Invitational certificate to each WPI competitor. In addition, each Phenom Laureate will receive a WPI certificate designating him/her as a Performance Finalist in the World Pianist Invitational at The Kennedy Center.

Kennedy Center World Pianist Invitational certificates will be coveted credentials for those young musicians seeking acceptance to musical schools, university programs or conservatories. Some institutions issue educational credits for participation in international music competitions at the level of WPI.

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