2023 Piano Competition Rules:
1. ELIGIBILITY: Pianists of any nationality.
a) A balanced program which includes at least two (2) different periods and should be of contrasting style. One of which must be a sonata (or a fast movement) from the classical period.
b) Contestant’s choice in repertoire must be music written for solo piano only. No original compositions by the contestant or prepared-piano works are allowed.
c) There are no restrictions on the length of individual pieces, but the maximum length of the final live round is
e) The jury may interrupt the contestant’s performance in the semi-final round.
f) All works must be performed from memory.
3. APPLICATION: Complete application must include
a) Preliminary Round– Applicants must submit a high-resolution video of the contestant's solo performance (live, rehearsal, or studio) recorded no more than six months before the application. The video may include one or two pieces, which must comply with the repertoire guidelines above. It is recommended, but not required, for the video to include music also chosen for the live semi-final round of the competition.
b) Semi-final Round-- Saturday, February 18, 2023, 10am-4pm. Up to Eight (8) semi-finalist from each division will be selected to compete at the live semi-final round.
c) Final Round-- Saturday, February 18, 2023, evening. Three (3) finalists from each division will perform in front of an audience in a formal concert* open to the public. Appropriate concert attire is required for all finalists. The award ceremony will take place immediately following the jury’s deliberation.
The competition results will be available on the Metropolitan International Music Festival website one hour after each round of the competition concludes.
5. JURY: The jury panel for each round of the competition will consist of world-renowned pianists and professional managers. The decisions made by the jury are final and are not subject to any query, review or appeal. During the competition, contestants shall not make any contact with any juror until all results have been announced.
6. MISCELLANEOUS: All contestants are responsible for their own travel and lodging. Audio/video recording is not permitted during the competition. Contestants who are late for their scheduled performing time slots will forfeit their places in the competition. If unusual circumstances prevail, the date, time, and location of the competition are subject to change. Violation of any competition policy will result in disqualification.
Grand, Second and Third Prize winners will receive scholarships** to the 2024 Ameri-China International Winter Piano Festival in New York City.
Grand Prize: USD$3,000 scholarship
Second Prize: USD$1,500 scholarship
Third Prize: USD$1,000 scholarship
All prize winners will be recognized and invited to perform at Metropolitan International Music Festival’s future concerts and events.
Semi-finalists will each receive a free pass to the 2023 ACIMA International Piano Festival at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, a chance to observe more than 60 Masterclasses and 3 concerts by Faculties of The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music.
* Each contestant is entitled to one complimentary ticket to the final.
** Scholarship award is in the form of tuition when enrolling in the program and has no cash value. The Scholarship to the 2024 Ameri-China International Winter Piano Festival is sponsored by Kawai Piano.
WINNERS of 2023
GRAND PRIZE Xuanyan Gong
SECOND PRIZE Tom Liu
THIRD PRIZE Benjamin Young
YOUNG ARTIST DIVISION
GRAND PRIZE Anna Li
SECOND PRIZE Gregory Martin
THIRD PRIZE Piaoru Li
WINNERS of 2020
GRAND PRIZE Yiwen Wang
SECOND PRIZE Xuanxiang Sean Wu
THIRD PRIZE Norman Lu
HONORABLE MENTION Jingyi Cao
YOUNG ARTIST DIVISION
GRAND PRIZE Jaeyoung Kim
SECOND PRIZE Sungu Kang
THIRD PRIZE Wenting Yu
WINNERS of 2019
GRAND PRIZE Kelly Yao Zhou
SECOND PRIZE Shuda Zhang
THIRD PRIZE Wanxin Li
HONORABLE MENTION Alexander Klapowitz; Lan Wei
YOUNG ARTIST DIVISION
GRAND PRIZE Beyza Yazgan
SECOND PRIZE Albert Newberry
THIRD PRIZE HyeYeon Kim
HONORABLE MENTION Junwen Liang; ChingYi Lin
WINNERS of 2018
GRAND PRIZE Rui Chi (China) & Han Wang (China)
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN BACH Chen-Shen Fan
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN DEBUSSY Chenxing Huang
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN HAYDN Bokyung Hwang
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN SCRIABIN Ziyi Yang
HONORABLE MENTION Oliver Betz; Ming Jin; Mary Ogawa; Lara Saldanha
WINNERS of 2017
GRAND PRIZE Tsuyoshi Konno (Japan)
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN EARLY MUSIC Shichao Zhang
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN MODERN MUSIC Songhee Moon
HONORABLE MENTION Siyuan Li; Yan Li
WINNERS of 2016
JUNIOR GRAND PRIZE Pusheng Wang
DISTINCTION AWARD Andrew J. Yang
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN DEBUSSY Akari Mizumoto
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN RAVEL Stephen Lee
HONORABLE MENTION Jorge Tabares; Xiaoyi Xu;
Jingwen Zhang; Rose Zhang; Ying Zhang
WINNERS of 2015
GRAND PRIZE Ziang Yin; Tianpeng Yu
DISTINCTION AWARD Ruobing Zhang
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD Zhongsan Yang; Ching Huei Li
HONORABLE MENTION Ziyi Wang; Minjoo Choo
WINNERS of 2014
GRAND PRIZE Congcong Chai (China); Chang Wang (China)
DISTINCTION AWARD Martina Consonni (Italy); Shimin Ouyang (China)
WINNERS of 2013
GRAND PRIZE Simon Xu; Yixuan Wei
DISTINCTION AWARD Audray Abela; Jarred Morehead
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD Shao-Hsun Chang; Soojin Kim; Sunghyaun Suk
WINNERS of 2012
GRAND PRIZE Kelly Ho (Taiwan); Liana Paniyeva (Ukraine)
Zhen Luo (China) [alternate]
CONCERT ARTIST AWARD Zhiye Chen (China); Sina Kloke (Germany);
Zhen Luo (China); Xiaoyi Xiong (China)
Metropolitan International Music Festival
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Summer Institute for Intensive Role Study (SIFIRS) for voice & collaborative piano
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