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Theme and Kawai Pianos with The Majolly Music Trust proudly present the 3rd Kawai National Junior Piano Competition to be held on April 24th 2016, Alliance Française de Bangalore, with Mr. Dhruva M. Seshadri (Competition Adjudicator), Ms. Natallia Kapylova (Chief Guest) and Ms. Neecia Majolly (Competition Convenor).

“Theme is very strongly engaged in promoting the piano playing culture in the India. This competition is one such offering and has been thoughtfully designed with Neecia Majolly, who is a renowned concert pianist herself. Presently in India there are other competitions for advanced musicians. Our competition focuses on identifying young and upcoming musicians, and giving them a platform to showcase their talents. We set a wide syllabus each year, and performers get to choose from an interesting repertoire list which will add to their existing exam music. Additionally, there are exciting prizes, like the KAWAI Digital Piano worth 1 Lakh rupees, Alfred Books prizes and other cash prizes. It is a great opportunity and we hope that more people take up and study music professionally in our societies.”

Rajendra Chaturvedi (Director – Theme Music Co. Pvt. Ltd.)

The mission of the Kawai National Junior Piano Competition is to encourage and to promote musical culture among children and the youth by holding an annual piano competition which showcases the talents of gifted participants from all over India and provides opportunities for music appreciation, better musical understanding, and interactions with distinguished teachers for further musical growth.

Here are some highlights from our competition held in 2015:

“We didn’t expect to get a Prize as such, the competition being a National one and it being her first time at such an event. Her teacher had suggested that this would give her a chance to prepare, practice and appear in a formal competition, which could be a good exposure for her. So winning the first prize was a Great-Big-Happy-Surprise, though we couldn’t actually take it in at first.”-

Sunitha Ayyappadas (Mother of Gayathri Ayyappadas from Kerala – 1st Prize Winner 2015)


“It is definitely a proud moment. Nothing can taste better than the fruits of hard work. I tried to push my students hard and they responded positively.”

Srikanth Gnanasekharan (Teacher of 3rd Place Winner 2015 – Suhrit V from Chennai)

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For 2016, the focus will be on pieces from the Classical and 20th Century Eras.

The Competition is open to all pianists who are citizens and residents of India, born after 25th April 2002, and our 37 participants are under Grade 3 standard, with proof of entering ABRSM/ TRINITY GUILDHALL/ LCME examinations in 2015.

1st prize: KAWAI DIGITAL KDP90 and gift voucher from Alfred Publishing

2nd prize: INR 21,000/- and gift voucher from Alfred Publishing

3rd prize: INR 11,000/- and gift voucher from Alfred Publishing

There is also a prize for Most Promising Pianist.


The Preliminary Round begins at 3 pm which is only open to participants, teachers and parents, and the Final Round at 6:30 pm is open to the public.

Contact [email protected] for further details.