The Global Melodies Awards are a series of piano-oriented music competitions established to give recognition to primarily piano students of all levels, whether they are beginners or intermediates. Furthermore, we hope these Awards will promote the significance of piano music in modern culture. By participating in this competition, students are given the opportunity to share their musicality onstage and gain further experience in order to pursue personal achievements in piano playing.

The Global Melodies Awards event offers students an opportunity to compete at their playing level and also in narrow age divisions. From beginning to advanced students, there is a division for everyone.

We apologize that there are no Global Melodies competitions in 2022. We look forward to seeing you when our competitions come back in 2023.

Picture by David Maiolo

Picture by David Maiolo

Benefits of this competition include:

  • Participants can play a non-classical or classical piece, a solo or an ensemble performance with their friends or family members and compete against others playing similar styles of pieces.

  • Due to the travel restrictions imposed by the current pandemic, the format for the 2020 and 2021 edition of the Global Melodies Awards is different to that of previous years. Instead of performances being done in a live recital setting, performances will be done at your home or at your teacher’s studio.

  • For the 2021 competition, we require that performances be submitted using two formats - a live Zoom video conference between the competitor and the organizers, and a video recording of this same performance to be uploaded to Google Drive or YouTube, followed by the competitor sending the organizers an email link to this upload.

  • Consequently, the competitor will need two devices for the performance - one to enable the video conference; the other to record this performance (see picture). The reason we require both formats is to ensure that the performance is both live (Zoom) and of high audio quality for judging (Google Drive or YouTube).

  • For instrument choices, we accept an 88 weighted key digital piano, acoustic upright piano or grand piano.

  • Participants are given the option to compete with others of the same age or the same piano level.

  • In each division, students will have the opportunity to win a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal. The type of medal granted will be dependent upon the quality of the performance and not the order in which students finish in that division. For example, all high-level performances will be rewarded with a Gold medal. At Global Melodies, we believe all the effort and practice that goes into achieving a high-level performance should be acknowledged.

  • Instead of a Winners’ Concert and Award Ceremony, Global Melodies will make a series of videos featuring the winners’ performances. Competitors will receive their medals in the mail.

  • Students may enter more than one division and will have multiple opportunities to compete. Students who win three gold medals, even from different years in a row, will be awarded with a trophy.

  • Non-classical performers are welcome with their own composition or arrangement. No sheet music would be necessary for the judges.


  • The teachers of all participants will not be involved in judging. The results can’t be appealed once the decisions have been made.