About the Competition
The preeminent music competition hosted by the Dallas Chamber Symphony — in partnership with the SMU Meadows School of the Arts — this educational initiative builds on our community’s well-established tradition of showcasing world-class talent. The DCS gives special attention to young, highly talented, professional and pre-professional pianists, and draws from a pool of international applicants. Applicants are screened, and invitees are adjudicated by a panel of respected musicians. This competition draws positive attention from audiences locally, nationally and internationally, offering cash prizes, a recital engagement, a masterclass, private lessons, and a prize-winning professional debut with the Dallas Chamber Symphony on the final concert of each season.
The DCS International Piano Competition is presented in celebration of the piano and its extensive repertoire, offering important performance opportunities to aspiring young performers from all over the world. Formally trained pianists, including those with advanced degrees in music, are encouraged to apply. Three rounds of competition take place before an internationally renowned jury panel, and prizes are awarded to the most outstanding competitors. Held annually in Dallas, Texas, the DCS International Piano Competition is an event that brings together musicians, members of the community, businesses and organizations, and heightens the appreciation of the vast repertory written for piano and orchestra.
For more detailed information about the competition, including rules, regulations and application procedures, visit the official DCS International Piano Competition website.
The DCS International Piano Competition is unique in that it is a piano competition with a focus on pianist development, and nurturing young talent. It is not only a competition that attracts some of the most talented young, professional and pre-professional pianists, but also a forum where young pianists — including those who do not advance in the competition rounds — can receive expert training and career-building guidance from expert faculty. At the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, pianists participate in a public masterclass and private lessons with renowned pedagogues.
A Celebration of Chamber Music
Participants also have the unique opportunity to focus on chamber repertoire, as the Dallas Chamber Symphony excels in celebrating the vast literature written for piano and smaller, more intimate orchestral instrumentations. While there are no hard instrumentation requirements that dictate a participant’s choice of competition repertoire — as the DCS is an orchestra with full symphonic capabilities — applicants are encouraged to explore those works for piano that are well suited for accompaniment by a smaller chamber orchestra.
Free and Open to the Public
Public attendance is welcome at all three competition rounds and all masterclasses. All competition events are held at Caruth Auditorium at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts. For more information about public events, and to get directions, click here.