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Kaufman Music Center International Youth
Piano Competition

The next Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition will be held in June 2019.
Application info will be posted in fall 2018.

Open to young pianists between the ages of 7 and 18, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition awards cash prizes and gives winners the opportunity to perform in New York's prestigious Merkin Concert Hall.

Congratulations to the 2017 competition winners!

Junior 1 Division

FIRST PRIZE
Split between Jiahong “Ericsson” Lin and Sophia Shao

SECOND PRIZE
Philina Zhang

THIRD PRIZE
Jerry Chang

Steinway & Sons Award for Best Performance of Romantic Piece
Sophia Shao

Special Award for Best Performance of a Virtuoso Etude
Philina Zhang

Special Jury Discretionary Award
Andrew Gu

Junior 2 Division

FIRST PRIZE
Split between Eric Guo and Naomi Yamaguchi

SECOND PRIZE
Not Awarded

THIRD PRIZE
Adam Jackson

Faust Harrison Pianos Award for Best performance of Romantic Piece
Naomi Yamaguchi

Steinway & Sons Award for Best Performance of a Virtuoso Etude
Eric Guo

Special Award for Best Performance of Contemporary Piece
LiYuan Byrne

Senior Division

FIRST PRIZE
 Lucia Li

SECOND PRIZE
Amir Siraj

THIRD PRIZE
Niklas Kniesche

Steinway & Sons Award for Best Performance of Romantic Piece
Lucia Li

Special Award for Best Performance of Virtuoso Etude
Lucia Li

Special Award for Best Performance of Contemporary Piece
Chi (Barry) Zhang

Click here to watch the 2015 winners perform at Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall on June 23, 2015.

2017 Jury

James Anagnoson
Dean of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School

Igal Kesselman
Artistic Director, Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition
Director, Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center
Interim Director, Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center

Orli Shaham
Internationally acclaimed concert pianist
Artistic Director, Pacific Symphony’s chamber music series
Artistic Director and Founder, Baby Got Bach, Inc.

Robert Shannon
Director of the Keyboard Studies, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Founder and Director of the Cooper International Competition at Oberlin

2017 Preliminary Round Jury Members

Ernest Barretta
Pre-College Faculty, The Juilliard School

Yuliya Gorenman
Faculty Member, American University

Irina Morozova
Piano Faculty Member
Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center
Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center
Mannes College The New School for Music

Thank You to the Competition's Supporters!

We salute Charles Dimston for his unwavering support of the Kaufman Music Center
International Youth Piano Competition.

Special thanks to Lydia Kontos, the Kaufman Music Center Board of Trustees and staff, the
Lucy Moses School Advisory Board, and the competition’s distinguished jury members for the
semi-final and final rounds.

Eligibility

Junior Division 1: Up to age 10, as of June 20, 2019

Junior Division 2: Ages 11–14 as of June 20, 2019

Senior Division: Ages 15 (as of June 20, 2019) to 18 (must be born after January 1, 2001)

Prizes

Junior Division 1: Up to age 10 
First Prize - $500
Second Prize - $350
Third Prize - $250

Special Prizes may be awarded.

Junior Division 2: Ages 11-14
First Prize - $1000
Second Prize - $750
Third Prize .- $500

Special Prizes may be awarded.

Senior Division: Ages 15-18
Grand Prize - $1500
Second Prize - $1000
Third Prize - $500

Special Prizes may be awarded.

2019 Application Procedures

2019 application materials will be posted in the fall of 2018.

Contact

212 501 3360
PianoCompetition@kaufmanmusiccenter.org

Kaufman Music Center

129 W. 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
212 501 3300

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