The Connecticut Alliance for Music has issued a call to pianists for entries in the 2011 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition in Westport. The 40th annual event is set for November.

After listening to tapes of as many as 100 entrants, judges will select about 15 finalists to compete Nov. 19 and 20 at the Westport Town Hall. The competition is sponsored by the alliance with support of the Westport Arts Center. It is named for the late concert pianist Heida Hermanns, who lived in Westport with her husband, Artur, many years.

The piano competition alternates each year with the Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, also held in Westport.

Many pianists have won prizes in international competitions and performed with orchestras worldwide, the alliance president, Sue Kanner, said in a news release.

"This competition is exclusive to brilliant musicians, many whom have already received accolades and prizes for their talents," Kanner said. "For the artists, the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition offers tremendous prestige, career advancement opportunities and a chance to win cash prizes."

Past winners include Frederic Chiu, Andrew Armstrong, Max Levinson and Christopher O'Reilly.

The call for entries has been sent to more than 400 conservatories, colleges and universities, inviting musicians ages 19 to 29 to submit tapes of performances. Deadline for entries is Oct. 3, and Kanner said she expects 80 to 100.

For more information, contact the alliance at 203-319-8271 or visit