Application for 2020-2022 Young Scholars

Dear Applicant, Parent and/or Guardian,

Please read and fill out the application carefully.

Eligibility is limited to young classical pianists ages 6 – 16. This current round of applications is limited to permanent residents of United States of America.

Deadline:  All applications must be received by 12:00 AM EST on November 3, 2019. 

Notification:  After submitting your details, you will receive an email  confirming that we have received your application.  The review and selection process takes approximately two-four weeks from the deadline and notification will follow.  Please do not make phone or email inquiries regarding the status of your application during this period.  All applicants will be notified upon selection.

Applicant must demonstrate the following Characteristics and Qualifications:
1. Exceptional musical ability
2. Deep love of music
3. Willingness to communicate and share their talents with other children
4. Enthusiasm for performing
5. Great potential for progress and development

Expectations for Young Scholars:  As part of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s® mission to inspire the next generation of music lovers and performers, the Foundation is looking to support young pianists who demonstrate what we call “Play it Forward”, by showing leadership in giving back to their communities through music.  We expect Young Scholars to already be heavily invested in pursuing music and playing the piano. They must have the drive to succeed and be committed to their craft.  Young Scholars will receive unique opportunities to hone their craft, providing them with insight into the professional world of music.  Therefore, the child should be enthusiastic about the program and mature enough to take on the commitment.

As a Young Scholar, the child will become a representative of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation®.  This requires young talents who exhibit a level of maturity beyond their years, a sincere sense of appreciation for music as a source of inspiration, and an understanding of their role as ambassadors of classical music.

The selected Young Scholar, their parents or guardians, and their teacher must be agreeable to the mission of the Foundation and willing to support the Foundation’s efforts through active participation in the Young Scholars Program.  Specifically, the selected Young Scholars will be invited to perform at Foundation programs including those focused on music education for young audience members and fundraising events.  As such, parents and teachers must also be committed to the child’s participation in the program domestically and internationally.

Applicant information

First Name:

Middle Name:

Last Name:

Date of birth month/day/year:




Home Address:



Zip code:


Home phone:

Cell phone:

Email of Guardian:

Email of Applicant:

Years playing piano:

Name of current piano teacher:

Phone number of current piano teacher:

Parent / Guardian Name:

Parent / Guardian Relationship to applicant:

Current academic school:

Grade in school:

Music school (if applicable):

Please describe other music-related activities:
(i.e. other instruments, composition, etc)

Please describe other non-music-related activities:
(i.e. activities, hobbies, etc.)

Getting to Know You

Video Submissions:

To submit the required videos, visit and create a user account if you do not already have one. Log in and upload your videos to YouTube. You may elect to make the videos “unlisted” which means that only people who have the link to the video can view it. An “unlisted” video will not appear in any of YouTube's public spaces, such as search results, your channel, or the Browse page. The link can be shared with anyone by providing the URL. Click the “share” button and copy and paste the URL to the correct location on the application. The link will look similar to this:

Please submit the following 3 videos (max 3 minutes each):

Personal Video:

YouTube URL:

Please answer the following questions in your personal video:

1. Why do you want to become a Young Scholar?
2. Why is music important to you?
3. What was your first musical experience?
4. What inspired you to choose piano and why?

Note to parents/guardians:
Our judges are interested in hearing the children’s ideas and answers to these questions. The responses must be solely the thoughts and words of the applicant.

Recording 1

Name of Piece:

YouTube URL:

Recording 2

Name of Piece:

YouTube URL:

Questions for Parent/Guardian

If selected, what do you hope your child will learn from participating in this program?

What are your hopes and expectations for your child?



I confirm that all my responses are accurate and truthful to the best of my knowledge, the materials submitted are entirely my own. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation® is not responsible for my submission of the videos to YouTube. I hereby give my consent to Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s® use of the materials, including the personally identifiable information, submitted in order to evaluate my application. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation® is hereby given the right to publish the videos on YouTube as well as digital platforms such as websites and social media pages of the Foundation, Sponsor and Cooperation Partners. I understand that this application is not a guarantee that I will be selected. If selected by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation®, I agree to be a Participant in the Young Scholars Program of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation®.

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Applicant`s Name:



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Parent/Guardian’s name: