United States Festival

About the festival – 2018

Daria Kiseleva

Dear Colleagues,

Since its inception in 2002, the Golden Key Music Festival of the United States has established itself as a major cultural event that attracts young instrumentalists ans vocalists from across the United States and other continents. Its mission is to give young musicians the opportunity to display their talents on some of the most prestigious concert stages in the United States, to open for them the door into the magic world of art—a realm where almost everyone who steps on the stage is gratified with an incomparable feeling of self-affirmation.

Age Categories

For the 2018 festival, applicants in seven age categories will be evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges:

  • 5-7
  • 8-9
  • 10-11Carnegie Hall_AAF_ad copy
  • 12-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-18
  • 19 and older

See How to Apply for further information about the application process, due dates, and Application and Recital Fees.

Winners and Recitals

Based on their audition, applicants will go on to perform at one of several festival recital locations, including in 2018:

Award Level Location Recital Dates

Carnegie Weill Recital Hall

154 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

May 25
June 2

Carnegie Weill Recital Hall

154 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

April 29
May 12
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Baruch Performing Arts Center

55 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10010

May 5

Marjorie S. Deane Theater

10 West 64th Street
New York, NY 10023

June 9

NOTE: the exact recital time on appointed dates will be announced to all winners after the auditions and judging are completed, but not later than March 15, 2018. Read important information about recitals on our Recitals and Awards page.

The Golden Key Festival and the Debut Competitionlittle_girl_at_piano

The Golden Key Festival is open to students of different age and levels of artistry. However, we would like to encourage  highly motivated students to enter in the Debut International Piano Competition. Starting this year, students who audition for the Debut International Competition will automatically be considered for participation in the Golden Key Music Festival of the United States and the Golden Key Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. We hope this change in policy will encourage talented students to aim for a level of achievement that will truly showcase their abilities without compromising their opportunities to have an enriching performance experience.

For more information please visit Debut Competition page.


George Borisov
The Golden Key International Music Festival founder