25 April - 2 May, 2021



International Youth Piano Competition has been founded in 2018 and produced by Global Musical Bridges organization. The mission of the competition is to establish cultural connections between pianists, teachers, and fans of piano music from all over the world and is aimed to select and support the most talented and gifted young pianists to launch their careers for the future to come. 


The Competition will honor the name of one of the most prominent Russian/American composers and pianists of the 20th century Sergey Rachmaninoff, who spent the last years of his life in Los Angeles. Before the Covid-19 locked down, the Competition was held at the Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, where Mr. Rachmaninoff was not only a parishioner, but also where his funeral took place on March 28, 1943. The competition was named after Sergey Rachmaninoff`s piano composition "Russian Rhapsody" and symbolically represents the Russian musical heritage.


Oleg Poliansky (Koln, Germany)

Brooke deRosa (Los Angeles, USA)

Alexander Trukhin (Saint Petersburg, Russia)



International Youth Piano Competition is open to pianists ages 8 to 21 years old.

Application deadline: April 18, 2021.

The Piano Competition will be held online in 2 rounds.  ​
Preliminary Round: Thursday, April 25, 2021 
Final Round: Sunday, May 2, 2021 ​

Non-refundable Application Fee - $65.00


CATEGORY "A" - 8 to 11 years old

CATEGORY "B" - 12 to 15 years old

CATEGORY "C" - 16 to 21 years old​


Preliminary Round (Online)

  • Participants are to 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 YouTube or Vimeo online platform. Please enter the online link only at your online application.

  • The jury will choose individuals who will advance to the final round. 

  • Finalists will be announced on the website and will be notified personally by e-mail on  April, 26, 2021.

Final Round 

  • Finalists will perform on Sunday, May 2, 2021, via online on Zoom.

  • The winners' names will be posted online, on Monday, May 3, 2021

  • All the decisions of the adjudicators are FINAL.

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


Preliminary Round 

  • Participants 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


Final Round

  • Contestants of category "A" 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.

  • Contestants of category "B" should prepare three compositions of contrasting styles, one of which has to be written by Russian* composer. The other two can represent two contrasting compositions of Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary** Era. 

  • Contestants of category "C" 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. 

  • 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).


The time limit for the Final Round performances:

Category "A" – 15 min. 

Category "B" – 20 min. 

Category "C" – 25 min.​


The competitors will be judged by a jury selected by the Competition Organizing Committee. The Jury of the Russian Rhapsody International Youth Piano Competition will be composed of professional and acclaimed pianists, conductors and composers. The decisions of the panel for all rounds shall be final. Every year the jury panel will be represented by new names. ​


  • The adjudicating procedure will include the Jury panel closed discussion and personal voting after each round. No point system will be used.

  • All the Jury decisions are final.

  • The Jury reserves 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.​






​For more information contact us:  

Email: info.globalmusicalbridges@gmail.com

Phone: +1-424-345-4007



Oleg Poliansky

(Koln, Germany)

Oleg Poliansky - internationally acclaimed pianist - virtuoso.
He is prize winner of many international competitions, first of all of the international `Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow` (Russia) in 1998. In addition to that, he won prizes in Tokyo (Japan) in 1986, in Montreal (Canada) in 1988, at `The international Duo Competition in memoriam of Christian Ferras and Pierre Barbìzet in Marseille (France) in 1997, at the `World Pianno Competition`in Cincinnati (USA) in 1999 as well as at `Citta di Cantu (Italy) in 1998 and 2003.
In the course of his career, Mr. Poliansky has made appearance at the largest international concert arenas and given concerts as a soloist with renomated orchestras such as, e.g., The Moscow Soloists, The Moscow Sympony Orchestra, The National Symphony of Ukraine, The Novosibirsk Sympony Orchestra, the Urals Symphony Orchestra Yekaterinburg, Budapest Strings; Neue Philarmonie Westfallen, Sinfonietta Hungarica, Junge Philarmonie Köln, The National Orchestra of Malta and The KBS National Radio Orchestra of Korea.

Brooke deRosa

(Los Angeles, USA)

Brooke deRosa is a composer, vocalist and conductor from Los Angeles, California. She has composed music for over twenty films.  The score for “The Search for Simon”, directed by BAFTA winner Martin Gooch, which she co-composed was nominated for Best Score at the Monaco International Film Festival and won Best Score at the Portsmouth International Film Festival.
In 2017 Brooke completed her first opera, based on the short story "The Monkey's Paw" which saw its premiere in Los Angeles with Pacific Opera Project.  

In 2018 Brooke was hired to conduct Rossini’s opera “La gazzetta” for Pacific Opera Project.  This included orchestrating, assembling, and piecing together the famous “missing quintet”.

Her operetta “Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon”, a musical comedy set in the old Wild West premiered as part of the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival.  “Gunfight” garnered three awards including “Pick of the Fringe”, “The Encore Producer’s Award” and Brooke was awarded the “John Raitt Award for Best Music and Lyrics”.

In 2020 she was commissioned by LA Opera to write “Songs of Orpheus”; art songs based on the writings of war veterans.  “Songs of Orpheus” premiered following “Eurydice” by Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.  LA Opera has asked her to work with the Mindful Warrior Project and compose additional art songs for their 2021-2022 season.  

Alexander Trukhin

(Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Alexander Trukhin is a concert pianist and pedagogue of piano and music theory.

Alexander is graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory as a postgraduate student, were he studied for in 2017-2019 with a worldwide well-known outstanding pianist and professor Eliso Virsaladze.

Alexander Trukhin was born in Odessa and began his piano lessons with
Prof. Olga Yatsenyuk at the age five.

At age 10 he has received a prize from a world-renowned Russian pianist Nikolai Petrov at the International Competition for Young Pianists named Sergei Prokofiev.

He graduated from the Odessa National A.V. Nezhdanova Music Academy with degrees M.S. (2010) and Postgraduate student (2013).

Alexander Trukhin is the winner and prizer of numerous international piano competitions, among them:

  • “ISAM” International Piano Competition (Michelstadt, Germany, 2007,
    I prize);

  • Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition (Tiraspol, Moldova, 2003, Grand Prix);

  • Maria Yudina International Piano Competition (Saint  Petersburg, Russia, 2016);

  • Ricard Viñes International Piano Competition (Lleida, Spain, 2018).

  • ISCART International Piano Competition (Lugano, Switzerland, 2021, I prize).

Also he is on jury of international piano competitions:
«Siegfried Weishaupt Piano Prize» (Germany; this competition is recognized by the Alink-Argerich Foundation), «Golden Fest» (Ukraine) etc.