First Prize

  • $10,000 cash prize, plus:
  • Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra performance (2017-2018 Season)
  • Other engagements offered, subject to arrangements with presenters

Second Prize

$5,000 cash prize

Third Prize

$3,000 cash prize

Finalist Prizes  (2)

$1,000 cash prize each

Sascha Gorodnitzki Memorial Prize

$1,000 judges’ discretionary cash prize


NEW this year!

The Peter Takács Classical Sonata Prize

$500 cash prize

We are honored to announce The Peter Takács Classical Sonata Prize of $500, a new prize for the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, for pianists ages 13-17.  This prize will be awarded to the competitor who is judged by the Competition jury to have given the best performance of a sonata by either Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven during the first two rounds of the competition.

The Prize is being donated by Prof. Peter Takács, Professor at Oberlin Conservatory since 1976. He has recorded the complete sonatas of Beethoven and performed them around the world.  Dr. Takács has been a member of the HHIPC jury several times, once as the Jury Chair.

“I have always felt that the music of the great Classical composers of the 18th century, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven, form the basis of all the piano music that followed. This is repertoire that remains fresh, startling, and revelatory. By funding this prize, I hope to encourage young pianists to explore and embrace this style that remains so relevant today,” says Prof. Takács.

The Hilton Head International Piano Competition is grateful to Prof. Takács for providing such an important prize.