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The search for Canada’s favourite amateur classical pianist

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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, we're inviting 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. Winning will include a trip for two to Toronto, provided by Air Canada and InterContinental® Toronto Centre Hotel, where you'll make a professional music video, have a private piano lesson with Emanuel Ax and attend the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's RBC Piano Extravaganza, including a performance at Roy Thomson Hall with the TSO.

The winner will also receive an upright piano courtesy of Steinway Piano Galleries of Canada.

To enter, film yourself performing a piece of classical music and submit your video between Jan. 5 and 15, 2015, here on CBC Music. The public will vote on all videos submitted and a jury of piano professionals will select a winner.

For more details on entering, check out the rules and regulations.

If you have questions, 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. 5 and 15, 2015 via the contest entry page.

Before submitting your video, make sure:

  • Your video is between one and 10 minutes long.
  • You are performing on an acoustic piano; not an electronic keyboard.
  • You perform your piece from memory.
  • Your video is unedited and was filmed since July 6, 2014.
  • 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, write to

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundJanuary 5, 2015 @ 6:00 AM (EST)January 15, 2015 @ 11:59 PM (EST)
Voting roundJanuary 16, 2015 @ 12:01 AM (EST)January 22, 2015 @ 11:59 PM (EST)
Judging roundJanuary 23, 2015 @ 12:01 AM (EST)January 26, 2015 @ 2:02 PM (EST)

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