Rodrigo Landa-Romero International Composition Competition 2021

Sponsored by the GPC Association


Congratulations to all Winners over a large field of competitive applicants from more than 40 countries!



Gabriella Cariddo - Nocturne No. 1


Giorgio Barozzi - Panta Rei


Lorenzo Milani - Ballata Romantica Op. 26


James Kachulis - Circle Round

Woojin Son - In the Streets of Lübeck

Javier Finlay - Starry Night

Federico Odling - Una piccola cosa



Sabrina Gamboa Herrera - Nocturne in E minor

José Flores - Longing the day

Paolo Antonio Ariagno - Arlecchino No. 3

Ugo Albion - Romantique

Felipe Rea Ortero - Bágoas de Amor

Paul Cooper-James - Rodrigo's Celebration

David Perkins - Greenaway

Gennady Stolyarov II - Allegro Risoluto Op. 91

Rules of the Competition



In this edition of the Competition, applicants are required to submit a short piano solo work (from 2-3 minutes) before January 31, 2021. The First Prize Winner's composition will be performed on March 2021 by 14 year old pianist and composer Rodrigo Landa-Romero. Afterwards, Rodrigo will write Six Variations (for piano and orchestra) on the theme and have them published as an album on Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, and other digital platforms. Also, a special cash award (€150 EUR) will be awarded at the discretion of the Jury.

Open to all applicants internationally, no age limit.

Requirements of the piece

-The work must be originally written for piano solo and composed in its entirety by the applicant.

-The duration of the piece must be between 2 to 3 minutes approximately. Any composition that is not within the time limit will be disqualified. 

-We encourage applicants to write beautiful, interesting music.

- The composition must be previously unperformed (in public) and unpublished. By participating, an applicant confirms that the composition submitted is 100% in his/her property.

-The piece must have only one movement. 

-Participants may submit more than one work (paying the corresponding entry fee).


-Applicants shall submit their works via the online form of the Competition.


-1st Grand Prize: The Winner's work will be interpreted by Rodrigo Landa-Romero on March 2021. A high quality recording video will be made and published on YouTube, Instagram (where he has more than 3,000 followers), and on this website. By November 2021, Rodrigo will have composed Six Orchestral Variations (for piano and orchestra) on the piece, to be released as an album on Spotify, Amazon, and other digital music platforms.  Note: given the COVID 19 pandemic, the orchestra will be digital (and Rodrigo will record the piano).

-2nd Prize: The Winner of the 2nd Prize will  have his or her work interpreted by Rodrigo on March 2021. A high quality recording video will be made and published on YouTube and on this website. 

-Jury's Award: €150 EUR will be given to the Winner of this Award, and his/her name will be published at this website.

-Other prizes: Some works can win other Special Prizes based on the judges' recommendations. That includes several Honorable Mentions and Extraordinary Talent Awards.


-The deadline for entries is January 31, 2021. Any works received afterwards will not be taken in consideration for the Competition.

-The results of the Competition will be published at this website on February 20, 2021.

Entry fee

-The entry fee for each work submitted is €25 EUR. The payment shall be done via PayPal. Application fees are refundable.


IMPORTANT: Payment shall be done before submitting the form (proof of payment is required).





-The Chairman of the Jury will be pianist and composer Rodrigo Landa-Romero. There will be two more qualified judges to evaluate the compositions submitted.

The Jury's decisions are unquestionable and unrevocable.


  • Rodrigo Landa-Romero is a 15 year old Mexican pianist and composer born 2006. He started playing the violin at the tender age of 2, and played with a baton simulating to be a conductor. He then started playing the piano and composing at age 6. Now, he is being internationally recognized both as a pianist and a composer of classical music. “I want people to know that the creation of new classical music is still alive, and will always be” – Rodrigo.


  • He has been internationally acclaimed by worldwide known celebrities like conductor Elim Chan and guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas (considered by many to be the best classical guitarist in the World). He remarked that “it is inspiring that Rodrigo composes such beautiful music while being so young”.

  • He has performed his own compositions at numerous concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York City (considered by many to be the most important in the world), where he debuted on December 14, 2019 (two days after Alma Deutscher’s debut).

  • He has released 6 albums so far (available on Spotify, Amazon, and others) of his own compositions, including a 50 min. Orchestral Soundtrack for a documentary, which he composed in only five days; Six Variations for Piano and Orchestra on a theme by Alma Deutscher (which Alma personally reviewed); a Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; among others. He was recently the subject of a documentary by the GPC Association called “The Making of a Prodigy’s Violin Concerto”, where the whole process of releasing his new CD is explained.

  • His piano technique descends from Ludwig van Beethoven, Carl Czerny, Franz Liszt, Martin Krause, Claudio Arrau, among others. His piano teachers are from the Juilliard School of Music.

Privacy Policy

By participating in the "Rodrigo Landa-Romero International Composition Competition 2021" an applicant:

-accepts the Competition's guidelines.

-grants Rodrigo Landa-Romero the right to use his/her name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and any other personal information required from the applicant for the purpose of administering the Competition, including but not limited to contacting and announcing the Winner.

-Winners will retain the composition rights over their work, and it will always be given credit. The Winners grant Rodrigo Landa-Romero the first performance rights of their works (no royalties can be charged to Rodrigo nor to the publisher under any circumstance). What does this mean?

-In case of any legal issues, the Spanish guidelines prevail.

Interview on newspaper Milenio- Rodrigo Landa-Romero
Interview on newspaper Milenio- Rodrigo Landa-Romero

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Rodrigo at Carnegie Hall
Rodrigo at Carnegie Hall

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Rodrigo Landa-Romero
Rodrigo Landa-Romero

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Interview on newspaper Milenio- Rodrigo Landa-Romero
Interview on newspaper Milenio- Rodrigo Landa-Romero

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