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The search for Canada’s favourite amateur classical pianist

CBC Music and ICI Musique are looking for Canada's favourite amateur classical pianist.

Do you play classical piano? Regardless of your age or level, CBC Music and ICI Musique invite you to step out of the practice room and show the rest of Canada what you've got.

Enter Piano Hero for a chance to be named Canada's favourite amateur classical pianist.

The winner will receive a Steinway-designed Boston professional upright piano, including delivery costs, valued at $15,000, courtesy of Steinway Piano Galleries of Canada.

Winning will also include a trip for two to Montreal from April 21 to 24, 2016, to make a professional music video, have a private piano lesson with David Jalbert, attend a concert by l’Orchestre Métropolitain and give a pre-concert solo performance.

To enter, film yourself performing a piece of classical music (in the public domain) and submit your video between Jan. 11 and 21, 2016, here on CBC Music. The public will vote on all videos submitted to determine the 10 finalists and a jury comprising Angela Cheng, Jan Lisiecki and Yannick Nézet-Séguin will select the winner.

For details on entering and eligibility, check out the requirements tab above.

You can consult the complete rules and regulations here.

If you have questions, check out the FAQ tab above.

You may email us at

Visit Piano Hero on CBC Music.

Contest Requirements

To enter CBC Music's Piano Hero contest, make a video recording of yourself performing a piece of classical solo piano music and submit your video between Jan. 11 and 21, 2016 via the contest entry page.

To be eligible, you must meet at the following criteria:
You are a Canadian resident (i.e. you were born and currently reside in Canada, or you hold a permanent residency status.)
You are an amateur pianist. For the purposes of this contest, an amateur pianist is a pianist who does not earn, or has not earned, money from playing or teaching piano.

Before submitting your video, make sure:

  • Your video is under 10 minutes long.
  • You are performing on an acoustic piano; not an electronic keyboard.
  • Your video is unedited and was filmed since July 11, 2015.
  • Your two hands and face are visible in your video at all times.
  • You are performing classical music that is in the public domain. (In Canada, public domain means the composer(s) and the arranger(s) have been dead for more than 50 years.)

To submit your video:

  • Register as a user on the contest entry page, or sign in using Facebook.
  • Follow the instructions to upload your video, either by (1) uploading it directly from your device (max 500 MB), or (2) granting access to your YouTube videos.
  • Acceptable video formats: .vob, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .m4v, .flv, .avi, .asf, .divx, .wmv.
  • Fill in the required fields on the entry form.

You will receive an email confirmation.

For complete details on Piano Hero, including eligibility, check out the rules and regulations.

If you have questions, consult the FAQ tab above or write to

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundJanuary 11, 2016 @ 6:00 AM (EST)January 21, 2016 @ 12:00 PM (EST)
Voting roundJanuary 21, 2016 @ 12:01 PM (EST)January 28, 2016 @ 3:00 PM (EST)
Judging roundJanuary 28, 2016 @ 3:01 PM (EST)February 1, 2016 @ 3:00 PM (EST)

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