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ETSU Music Department Presents

The Inaugural 2018 ETSU International Piano Festival and Competition

June 6-9, 2018

The 2018 ETSU International Piano Competition, opened to students worldwide from the youngest piano student to age 18. An all-Steinway school, The ETSU Music Department is committed to furthering the education, recognition and fostering of gifted young musicians, helping sustain and preserve the essence of our cultural life through audience development and community involvement. 

NEW! Competition Booklet Online: CLICK HERE  

Result has been updated! Click "Schedule" tab for masterclass programs; "More" tab for event pictures.

June 7, 2018 Winner's Recital for Elementary and Junior Competition CLICK HERE

The ETSU Music Department is committed to furthering the education, recognition and fostering of gifted young musicians, helping sustain and preserve the essence of our cultural life through audience development and community involvement.  Serving pianists ages 0-18, the ETSU music department is committed to nurture the next generation of musicians through its flagship programs: the ETSU Pre-College and the ETSU International Piano Competition and Festival.  By inviting the qualified young aspiring pianists, we strive to create and build a strong musical community that will last a lifetime.  By recognizing deserving talents, we offer opportunities to perform in the Tri-Cities area as well as to award in forms of scholarships and monetary awards. 

An all-Steinway school, ETSU music department opens its doors to all participants and the family members. We welcome students of all ages to apply to our inaugural ETSU International Piano Competitions.

2018 Important date:

  • April 20:   Application Deadline
  • May   1:   Notification
  • May 15:   Confirmation with deposit due

Competition Schedule

Competition Schedule

Wednesday, June 6 2018 (Elementary/Junior Piano Competition)

Junior Competition (9:30-12:10): 11 contestants
Elementary Competition (2:30-3:20): 6 contestants

Thursday, June 7 (Masterclasses / Senior Preliminary Round)

9:00-10:00 Masterclass for the Elementary winners with Yi-Yang Chen
Colin Xie- Chopin Nocturne in c Minor, Op. posth
Matthias George- Kabalevsky Rondo Toccata
Ella Liu- Mendelssohn Songs without words
Joshua Park- Mozart Sonata

10:00-11:30 Masterclass for the Junior winners with Chu-fang Huang
Sophia Lin- Haydn Sonata in F Major
Caleb Park- Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 2-3
Marissa Liu- Chopin Ballade 1

1:30 Winners’ Concert for the Elementary and the Junior Competition

Senior Division Preliminary Round (3:00-6:20): 12 Contestants

Friday, June 8 (Senior Final and Piano Ensemble Competition)

Piano Ensemble Competition (10:00-10:40): 2 groups

1 pm Senior Division Final Round (start at 1PM in Brown Hall)
William Peng
Angela Wu
Eric Lin
Sean Yang
Kasey Shao
Colin Choi

5:30 Award Ceremony
6 Gala Concert by the winners and the members of the Jur

Saturday, June 9

10:00-10:30 Masterclass with Esther Park for Piano Ensemble Winners
10:30-12:00 Masterclass with Jerome Lowenthal for Senior Competition winners

Elementary Division (0-4 Grade)
1st Place-$300; 2nd Place-$150; 3rd Place- $100


Junior Division (5-8 Grade)
1st Place- $500; 2nd Place- $300; 3rd Place- $200


Senior Division (High school)
1st Place- $3000; 2nd place- $1000; 3rd Place- $500
PLUS Scholarships to study at ETSU


Piano Ensemble (all ages)
1st Place- $1000; 2nd place- $500; 3rd place- $300

Elementary Category (0-4 Grade): 1 Round
3 Different stylistic periods


Junior Category (5-8 Grade): 1 Rounds
3 Different stylistic periods, up to 20 minutes of repertoire.


Senior Category (High School): 2 Rounds
3 Different stylistic periods up to 30 minutes of repertoire.


Piano Ensemble (All Ages): 2 Rounds
3 Different stylistic periods
(both piano 4 hands AND two piano repertoires allowed)
*1st round may be cancelled if less than 5 entrants.

Application Fee: $50

2018 Application Form

Elementary Competition
1st Prize- Joshua Park
2nd Prize- Ella Liu
3rd Prize- Matthias George
3rd Prize- Colin Xie

Junior Competition
1st Prize- Marissa Liu
2nd Prize- Caleb Park
3rd Prize- Sophia Lin

Senior Division Preliminary Round (in the performance order)
William Peng
Angela Wu
Eric Lin - 2nd Prize
Sean Yang
Kasey Shao - 1st Prize
Colin Choi - 3rd Prize

Piano Ensemble Competition 
1st Prize- Jessie & Hollis Chan
2nd Prize- Henry SHen & Melody Guo

 

 

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Apply to ETSU piano department:
1. Music Application
2. Scholarship Application
3. Audition Repertoire, please prepare the following:
       One original work by J. S. Bach
       One Sonata Allegro (fast) movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
       One virtuosic étude
       One substantial work from the 19th century or later

Event Photos:
Elementary Category

 Junior CategoryA
Senior Prelim

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