Semifinals and Finals Information

This section applies only to those individuals selected as Semifinalists.


The Semifinal and Final rounds of the Klein Competition are short recitals performed in a concert hall, ideally without interruption, in front of both the jury and an audience. You are responsible for creating programs for each round that satisfy both the repertoire requirements and the specified time limits, as well as giving the jury and audience the most complete possible picture of you as a musical artist. The Competition experience is adversely affected for everyone if it becomes necessary for the jury to stop a performer who exceeds the time limit; therefore, please time your programs carefully.

The 2019 Klein Competition will feature eight to ten Semifinalists who will all compete on Saturday, June 1. At the conclusion of the Semifinal round, the jurors will select three or more individuals to participate in the Finals on Sunday, June 2.

Required Works
The required works for the two rounds of the Klein Competition are as follows. See details below for which works are to be performed in each round:

  1. An unaccompanied Bach work (at least one substantial movement)
  2. A Classical, Romantic, or major 20th/21st century concerto (ideally the entire composition over the two rounds, otherwise as many movements as can be played within the time limits)
  3. The required commissioned work by David Froom; Semifinalists will receive a copy of this work when they confirm participation in the Competition
  4. One substantial movement of a Classical, Romantic, or major 20th/21st century sonata with piano (unless the chosen sonata has only short movements, in which case more than one may be programmed) (Final Round ONLY)

Assembling and Submitting a Program

For the Semifinals: 
Assemble a 20-25 minute program (actual performance time, excluding tuning, entrances and exits, etc.) including Bach, the entire commissioned work, and at least one major movement of your concerto (with cuts as necessary). Do not include the sonata movement in this program. Cuts in tutti passages of the concerto are expected in both rounds.

For the Finals
Assemble a 25-35 minute program including additional movements of the concerto as well as the sonata movement. You may also include Bach and/or the commissioned work if time permits. Again, cuts in tutti passages of the concerto are expected in both rounds.

Please submit your proposed programs (in performance order, and with timings for each work) by email to as soon as possible and no later than April 20, 2019 so the jury may assist you in choosing selections that will both satisfy the Competition requirements and represent your playing in the most favorable light. The Competition reserves the right to recommend changes in your programs. If you have questions regarding repertoire, cuts, etc., feel free to direct your query to Competition Artistic Director Mitchell Sardou Klein.

When submitting your program information, also include a high quality electronic copy of a photograph, as well as biographical information (including nationality, age, teachers, schools attended, significant performances, awards and competitions won, etc.) typed and in paragraph form, approximately 2-3 paragraphs.

Please consider the following when compiling your proposed program:

  • Your programs should be balanced and interesting to the listener as well as highlight your best playing. It is generally advisable to play different movements in the Finals than in the Semifinals.
  • Cuts may be made as needed (and musically justified) to fit time requirements. The judges understand this requirement and will not penalize participants based on cuts.
  • Do not exceed the time limit (better a minute or two short than long).You risk being halted by the judges if you run over the time limits. Be sure to include timings when you submit your programs.
  • All unaccompanied works and concerti must be played from memory, except for the Froom composition, which we recommend but do not absolutely require that you memorize. You are not required to memorize the sonata.
  • You are not required to play the same repertoire as was on your application CD, even though some of the categories are similar.
  • When you submit your program information, please include all details necessary for the printed program. For example: Brahms, Concerto in D Major, Opus 77, Allegro non troppo (9:00) or Prokofiev, Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Opus 80, Allegrissimo (3:50).