Piano Competition Rules:
1. ELIGIBILITY: Pianists over 15 years of age of any nationality. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian sign the Application Form.
2. REPERTOIRE: All works must be performed from memory. The contestant’s choice in repertoire must be music written for solo piano only. Work presented could be short piano works or one movement/section of a sonata or long piece. Program presented must be no less than 10 minutes and no more than 20 minutes in length. The judges may stop the contestants’ performance. Repertoire should include a variety of styles. No original compositions by the contestant or prepared piano works will be accepted. Both artistry and virtuosity of the repertoire chosen will be taken into account by the jury.
3. APPLICATION: Complete application includes the application form and a non-refundable application fee of US$70. The application fee is waived for full-time 2018 MIMF Piano Academy participants. Competition time slots are limited. Early application is encouraged. There is no application deadline. MIMF will stop accepting applications once the time slots are fully filled.
4. JURY: The decisions made by the judges of the competition are final and are not subject to query, review or appeal. During the competition, contestants should not make any contact with the competition judges. Violation of this rule may result in disqualification.
5. MISCELLANEOUS: The competition will be open to the public. Audio/video recording is not permitted during the competition. If contestant is late for scheduled time, he/she will forfeit his/her place in the competition. If unusual circumstances prevail, the date/time and location of the competition are subject to change.
6. NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified before 11pm on the day of the competition. Only winners will receive notification. Judge’s comments may be available by request.
7. AWARDS: Grand-prize winner(s) will be featured in the MIMF Gala concert on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Lincoln Center*. Encouragement Award winners will receive one time full scholarship to MIMF Piano Academy in the 2018-2019 season. Outstanding performers will be invited to perform at MIMF’s future concerts and events.
* Each performer is entitled to two complimentary tickets to the concert. All performers are responsible for their own travel and lodging.
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
Ameri-China International Music Academy for solo piano
Summer Institute for Intensive Role Study (SIFIRS) for voice & collaborative piano
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