Piano Competition Rules:
1. ELIGIBILITY: Pianists of any nationality.
a) All works must be performed from memory.
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) Repertoire should include pieces from at least two different periods and should be of contrasting character.
d) Length of program:
3. APPLICATION: Complete application must include
Competition time slots are limited. Early application is encouraged. The application will be closed if the time slots are fully filled before application deadline.
4. SCHEDULE: The Preliminary Round will be held on February 18, 2019. Six contestants will advance to the Final Round on February 19, 2019 and will be contacted by the committee immediately after the decision is made. 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 of the competition will consist of world-renowned pianists. The decisions made by the jury are final and are not subject to any query, review or appeal. During the competition, contestants should not make any contact with any juror. Jury’s comments will be made available if requested on the repertoire form.
6. MISCELLANEOUS: All contestants are responsible for their own travel and lodging. The competition will be open to the public. 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.
All prize winners are required to attend the Concert and Award Ceremony* taking place in the evening of Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Fail to attend this event will forfeit their prizes.
Grand Prize winner will perform at this concert featuring several internationally acclaimed pianists.
Grand, Second and Third Prize winners will receive scholarship** to the 2020 Ameri-China International New York Winter Piano Festival.
Grand Prize: USD$3,000 scholarship
Second Prize: USD$1,500 scholarship
Third Prize: USD$1,000 scholarship
Scholarship award is in the form of a reduction in tuition when enrolling in the program and has no cash value. In case of a tie, which the Jury will try to avoid, the winners will share the scholarship.
Other outstanding performers in the competition will be recognized and will be invited to perform at Metropolitan International Music Festival’s future concerts and events.
All six finalists will be invited to perform at the Gary Graffman Masterclass on February 19, 2019.
* Each contestant is entitled to one complimentary ticket to this event.
** Scholarship to the 2020 Ameri-China International New York Winter Piano Festival is sponsored by Kawai Piano.
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
Ameri-China International Music Academy for solo piano
Summer Institute for Intensive Role Study (SIFIRS) for voice & collaborative piano
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