Youth Piano Competition


MARCH  4 - 5, 2023
Los Angeles, California, USA



International Rhapsody Youth Piano Competition was founded in 2018 by Global Musical Bridges. The goal of the competition is to establish cultural connections between pianists, teachers, and fans of piano from all over the world. It has aimed to select and support the most talented and gifted pianists ages 8 to 21 with the hope of launching their careers. The competition takes place every year in Los Angeles, CA, USA.


The competition honors one of the greatest Russian/American composer and pianist of the 20th century, Sergey Rachmaninoff, who spent the last years of his life in Los Angeles. The competition has been held at the Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral in Los Angeles, where Mr. Rachmaninoff was not only a parishioner, but also where his funeral took place on March 28, 1943.  



Our goal is to create a fair and competitive environment while also keeping the integrity of the competition transparent. One of the ways this is done is by rotating judges every three years and selecting at least two concert pianists, and one independent judge (conductor, composer, or musical critic). All judges are forbidden from entering any of their own students into the competition. 




CATEGORY "A" - 8 to 11 years old

  CATEGORY "B" - 12 to 15 years old

  CATEGORY "C" - 16 to 19 years old​

                                                                   CATEGORY "D" - 20 to 25 years old




Contestants must perform from memory in all rounds including preliminary recordings. No simplified versions of traditional repertoire are allowed. No free improvisation or pop music is acceptable. The program should be played by memory with no repeats.

No repertoire changes are allowed after the application is submitted or at any point during the competition. 

Composers representing former Soviet Union republics are allowed (i.e. Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, etc.)

For compositions written after 1960 participants must provide the Judges with the original music score (no photocopies).


Global Musical Bridges reserves the right to terminate the competition, in whole or in part, and/or adjust, amend or suspend the competition, and/or the rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice.

All the decisions of the judges are FINAL.

All photos and videos taken during the Competition will exclusively belong to Global Musical Bridges and can be published and used for any promotional purposes.​

The judges reserve the right: not to award any of the prizes; to split a prize between several contestants; to stop any performance which exceeds posted time limits or does not meet professional standards; to disqualify any candidate who does not comply with any of Competition’s regulations or norms of social behavior.​









* APPLICATION DEADLINE - Sunday, February 12, 2023

        * PRELIMINARY ROUND (online results by video recordings only) - February 15, 2023

   * FINAL ROUND (live) - Saturday, March 4, 2023, 5 -10 PM

        * AWARD CEREMONY (live)- Sunday, March 5, 2023, 4-7 PM 

(by recordings only)

Contestants of all categories must submit a video recording performing a free choice repertoire (max duration 15 minutes, representing two contrasting compositions of Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary** Era.

The recording may include either or not the same pieces which will be played in the Final Live competition round

Contestants must submit a video that is a fair representation of the contestant’s abilities. Hands should be visible hands at all times, but the footage itself does not need to be of professional quality. All compositions must be performed by memory, including those for the First Online Round. Video has to be uploaded on a YouTube channel to be considered valid. Please enter the online link only on your online application. ONLY one video of all the musical pieces will be viewed by judges. Any improperly submitted videos will not be accepted under any circumstances. Compositions from Preliminary round can be repeated in Final round.





Contestants should prepare two compositions of contrasting styles, one of which has to be written by Russian* composer, another one can represent contrasting composition of Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary Era. Time limit is 15 minutes.


Contestants should prepare two compositions of contrasting styles, one of which has to be written by Soviet Union Era* composer. The other two can represent two contrasting compositions of Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary Era. Time limit is 20 minutes.


Contestants should prepare three compositions of contrasting styles, one of which has to be written by Sergey Rachmaninoff. The other two can represent two contrasting compositions of Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary Era. Time limit is 25 minutes.


Contestants should prepare three / four compositions of contrasting styles, one of which has to be written by Sergey Rachmaninoff. The other ones have to include compositions by: Ferenz Lizst. Etude by Frederic Chopin or Nikolai Kapustin.  The other two can represent two contrasting compositions of Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary Era. Time limit is 30 minutes.

For more information contact us:  

Email: global.m.bridges@gmail.com














Dmitry Rachmanov

Head of jury panel


Los Angeles, USA


Diana Volman


Los Angeles, USA


Warren Peterson


Los Angeles, USA


Nancy Dinsdale Rovenstine


Dallas, USA


Nick Gianopoulos


Los Angeles, USA

Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov has garnered much acclaim for his passionate performances, refined musicianship and brilliant pianism. Hailed as an "indisputable musician" by the Brussels' Le Soir and "suave and gifted pianist' by the New York Times, Rachmanov has been heard at venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Washington DC's Kennedy Center, London's Barbican and South Bank Centres, and Beijing Concert Hall, and his tours brought him to Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Turkey and the Far East. He has recorded for Naxos, Navona, Omniclassic, Master Musicians and Vista Vera labels, and collaborated as a soloist with Manhattan Philharmonia, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Ukraine National Symphony, National Orchestra of Porto, Portugal, among others. A strong proponent of the Russian repertoire, he gave the US premiere of Boris Pasternak's Piano Sonata, broadcast nationwide by the NPR, and his recital The Art of the 19th Century Russian Character Piece was noted by the New York Times for considerable color and focus he brought to each work. A founding member of the Scriabin Society of America, Rachmanov has been giving recital tours featuring the music of Scriabin in commemoration of the composer's memorial centennial (1915-2015), including appearances in Moscow, Paris, Budapest, Beijing & Shanghai and numerous venues in the US. His recital at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall was called indeed a 'poem of ecstasy' in every sense: giant in conception, quantity, quality, execution, thoughtfulness, and sensitivity by the New York Concert Review. He has recently embarked on a project of creating a video anthology of Scriabin's major piano works.

An active member of the American Liszt Society, Dmitry Rachmanov has served as the Artistic Director of the American Liszt Society Festival Liszt and Russia hosted by California State University Northridge.

Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov is Professor of Piano at CSU Northridge, where he serves as Chair of Keyboard Studies.

Rachmanov is a graduate of The Juilliard School (BM & MM) and he holds DMA from Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include Nadia Reisenberg, Arkady Aronov, and he coached with Yvonne Lefebure, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Menahem Pressler, Vitaly Margulis and John Browning. A prizewinner of international competitions, he was awarded a fellowship from the American Pianists Association and received the George Schick Award for Outstanding Musicianship at Manhattan School of Music. In 2008 Dr. Rachmanov was named the Jerome Richfield Memorial Scholar of the Year at California State University, Northridge. In 2015 he became an honoree of the Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars for his dedicated service to the International Community at CSUN, and he was a recipient of the Outstanding CAPMT (California Music Teachers National Association) Member, State Recognition Award.


Warren Peterson taught himself to play piano and rudimentary music theory at the age of 5. He auditioned for Juilliard Pre-College Division when he was 9 and studied there as a scholarship student for the next 7 years under Richard Fabre. Other teachers at this time included Lewis Kaplan, Bruce Adolphe, and Sylvia Rabinof. Warren was featured in an ABC special on gifted youth, playing for Leonard Bernstein, and also performed on WQXR and smaller radio outlets. During this time, Mr. Peterson won 1st Prize in the AMSA International Piano Competition, took 2nd prize overall (1st in piano) in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition, and was finalist in the Juilliard concerto competition multiple times.

Although accepted at the Juilliard College Division to study under Earl Wild, Warren became immersed and infatuated with all things technology and taught himself in all disciplines related to software engineering, management, operations, etc. Warren then worked in a corporate setting for numerous years while concurrently performing in solo and collaborative concerts that included notable musicians, including members of the L.A. Philharmonic.

Warren is inventor and founder of Virtuosica, a live streaming musician marketplace, which is making a splash in the entertainment/tech industry and is now conducting performances on this platform. Warren has been married to his wife, Teri, for 22 years and resides in Marina del Rey, California.

Nancy D. Rovenstine feels and loves music down to her core. At age 3, Nancy was naturally drawn to the piano, continually climbing onto her parent’s grand piano bench to begin poking out tunes on

their piano. She began lessons at age 5, and continued through college, studying

with excellent teachers, including Audun Ravnan, a Norwegian expert in Edward Grieg.

In college, Nancy was a sought-after accompanist for vocal and instrumental studios, as well as vocal ensembles.

After college, Nancy traveled with an international performing group, Up With People, performing on keyboard, and vocal soloing. After marrying and starting a family, she established a small private piano and voice studio, teaching for ten years. She also help found a musical theater organization, for young people ages 2nd grade through 10th grade, producing Broadway-scale musicals annually. Nancy worked as Music Director for 11 years, and as conductor for 7 years. The productions received high accolades. Nancy has also performed several times for OK Mozart International Music Festival, and was pianist for the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra for 12 years, which included performing as a soloist with the orchestra. Recently, Nancy has been a keyboardist for Watermark Community Church in Dallas.


Born in Moldova, Diana Volman holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the Moldova State Conservatory of Music. She is the winner of the sixth international Tchurlyonis Competition and was awarded first prize in the Rachmaninoff All-State Competition.

She finished conservatory with the highest honors, and was offered a place on the faculty upon graduation. During her tenure, she was highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary Moldavian and Ukrainian composers, and was frequently asked to debut their pieces and serve as editor of their published music. Her teachers include such eminent pianists as Vitaly Margulis, Dimitri Bashkirov, and Yevgeny Shenderovich.

In 1990, Diana immigrated to Los Angeles where she has taken on an active role in the cultural life of the Russian community. As Music Director of the Unity and Diversity Arts Foundation, she has spearheaded myriad events comprising many internationally distinguished artists. A sought-after accompanist, she has given highly acclaimed performances in such venues as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Thousand Oaks Civic Auditorium, and the San Gabriel Auditorium, collaborating with such eminent artists as Daniel Smith, Mariana Popzlateva, and Timur Abdikeev, among numerous others. She has organized many fundraisers within the Jewish community which bring the sacred art of cantorial music into modern life. In March 2013, she was invited to Jerusalem to record a solo CD of her repertoire, which is set to be released at the end of this year. She enjoys a career as a respected piano teacher whose students has gone on to attend prestigious music conservatories and is frequently asked to judge national competitions for young performers.

George, known colloquially as Nick, began his musical study at age eighteen upon entering college. Enraptured by his first course, an Introduction to the World of Music, George immersed himself in the studies of classical music; the theory, the repertoire, the performance and the history. He immediately began taking group piano lessons and within a semester

advanced to private lessons with Dr. Robert M. Auler. Throughout his tutelage he also undertook the art of pedagogy, developing a private piano studio of twelve students as well as working as a church pianist and organist. After four years of intense study, George gave a senior recital that included performances of works by Mozart, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Chopin as well as faculty performances of original compositions.

A native of Syracuse, New York and now a resident of Los Angeles, Gianopoulos’ music has been performed throughout Europe and America, including performances in China, Israel, Spain, England and Greece and regular performances in Southern California. George has been commissioned by The Glendale Philharmonic, The Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles, Tala Rasa, The Symbiosis Ensemble, The Helix Collective and the Malkin-Trybeck Duo, among others. He has been awarded by the American Viola Society, One Ounce Opera, Boston Metro Opera, Aurora Borealis Duo and was the Composer-in- Residence for the Los Angeles based Symbiosis Ensemble and the Alumni-in-Residence (AIR) for the State University of New York at Oswego, where he worked with students and faculty. His music has been performed by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, along with musicians Dr. Robert Auler, Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, Lynn Vartan, Maksim Velichkin, Michele Fiala (IDRS 2018), Rong-Huey Liu, and Kate Kayaian. Mr.

Gianopoulos is the currently the Composer-in-Residence for the Los Angeles based concert series Music @ MiMoDa.