In 2016, the New York Piano Festival presented the inaugural Piano Competition. The competition consisted of two rounds: a preliminary round selecting performances through YouTube or Vimeo links, and a second live round at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music where competitors performed in front of acclaimed jury members (Min Kwon, David Dubal, Arthur Haas, Alexander Beridze, and Daria Rabotkina). Participants competed for $10,000 in cash prizes and for an opportunity to perform at the Carnegie Hall. The competition had two categories based on age (category I: 12-17, and category II: 18-25). Each division had six winners. On July 1st, winners from both divisions (12 performers) were presented at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall for a Gala Concert and award ceremony.

Announcement regarding 2017 application and concert season will be coming soon.