The second Boston International Piano Competition for Exceptional Amateurs will take place between June 25th and 28th in Chestnut Hill and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This competition is for highly talented adult pianists over the age of 30 who do not earn their living from playing the piano or teaching, but for whom music is an important part of their lives.

The preliminary and semifinal rounds will take place at Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, and the final round will be at the Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall at the Longy School of Music, in Cambridge. These are excellent venues, close to transportation, restaurants, hotels, and the attractions of Boston and Cambridge.

Contestants will be free to choose their own repertoire and will play for 10, 20 and 30 minutes in the preliminary, semifinal, and final rounds respectively. They may play from music if they wish, but works cannot be repeated in subsequent rounds.

There will be a $2,000 grand prize and a recital opportunity in Boston for the winner. There will also be cash prizes for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places and prizes for the best performance of a baroque/classical, romantic, modern work; for imaginative programming, and an audience prize.

The jury will consist of five distinguished concert pianists.

The application deadline is March 15th. Entrance fee is $85. Contestants must fill out an application form, provide an audition cassette recording of a few minutes playing time, proof of birthdate, and a black and white photograph for the program booklet.

There will be a reception before the competition begins, and a celebratory dinner in a good restaurant after the awards ceremony. We are hoping to arrange lectures about subjects of interest to amateur pianists such as managing stage fright, illustrated talk and demonstration about electronic classical music and MIDI, and masterclasses during the competition.

This competition promises to be a very enjoyable musical and social occasion. Our first competition in August 2001 was a big success.

More details about the competition can be found on the web page of the Boston Piano Amateurs Association at http://www.bostonpianoamateurs.org or by contacting the competition director, Robert Finley, at rfinley@rcn.com