Annual Piano Festival Competition

2019 Awards Festival

Xavier College Preparatory High School
34200 Cook St., Palm Desert, CA, 92211

The Steinway Society of Riverside County Awards Festival takes place this year on March 3 and March 10 at Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert. Its purpose is to award talented young pianists and give them an opportunity to
perform and work with master teachers.

Format of the Festival

Participants will play in a master class for each of two teachers and in a recital. Award winners will be selected on the basis of their performance in all three venues. Students’ teachers are strongly encouraged to attend.

Eligibility

Applicants must be residents of Riverside or San Bernardino County or be studying with a teacher who is a resident of these counties. The teacher must be a Steinway Society member! The student must have studied with the current teacher for six months prior to the festival.

Festival participants will be divided into Junior and Senior Levels.

Junior Level – through grade 8, level 5 literature and above.
Senior Level – grades 9 – 12

Awards

Five awards of $500.00 will be given at both Junior and Senior Levels.

Repertoire

Students will perform three pieces of contrasting style. NEW THIS YEAR!
Participants must choose one Baroque piece and one Classical. Schubert
may count as Classical. The third selection will then be Romantic or later.

Repertoire time limits are as follows:

Ist selection – master class – 10 min. max.
2nd selection – master class – 10 min. max.
3rd selection – recital – not longer than 12 minutes please. If you select a piece
much longer than that you will be asked to cut it!

Students will choose their recital piece. All works must be memorized.
Movements from larger works are acceptable.

Application

There is an application / membership fee of $40.00. This is in addition to the required teacher membership.

Application package must include :

1. Application form
2. Check in the amount of $40.00
3. Biography

Please send complete application package to :

Steinway Society of Riverside County c/o James McCormick
2980 N. Starr Rd.
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Festival Dates

Junior Level – March 3, 2019 Xavier Prep
Senior Level – March 10, 2019 Xavier Prep

Winners Concert – May 8, 2019 Rancho Mirage Library

We look forward to your participation in our 19th annual Awards Festival!
Any questions, please call Jim McCormick at 760-285-6611

ENTRY IS NOW OPEN!
Click here to view complete details and Application Form (Printable)

Your donations make it possible for the Steinway Society or Riverside County to bring music to the children of the Coachella Valley.

Winners of the 2018 Steinway Society Piano Festival Competition

Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Rancho Mirage High School

Juniors Level Winners – 2018

  • Emma Erickson
  • Antoine Forehans
  • Brian Huynh
  • Justin Oswari
  • Jadon WU

Senior Level Winners – 2018

  • Aaron Kwan
  • Samuel Xu
  • Isabella Cao
  • Matthew Gurning
  • Yilin Kevin Du
  • Many thanks to Jim McCormick

Winners of the 2017 Steinway Society Piano Festival Competition

Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Rancho Mirage High School

Juniors Level Winners – 2017

  • Isabella Cao
  • Emma Erickson
  • Kathleen Gurning
  • Aaron Kwan

Senior Level Winners – 2017

  • James Antonios
  • Karrissa Lynette Juhas
  • Joel Oswari
  • Lydia XU
  • Samuel Xu

Winners Prior to 2017

Click on the year to reveal details about the contestants

2016 Steinway Society Piano Festival Competition Winners

Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Rancho Mirage High School

 

Juniors Level Winners – 2016

  • Emma Erickson
  • Matthew Gurning
  • Aaron Kwan
  • Jason Wu
  • Lydia Xu

Senior Level Winners – 2016

  • Benjamin Champion
  • Thomas Kim
  • Helen (Hanxiao) Lai
  • Joel Oswari
  • Milaena Martine
2015 Steinway Society Piano Festival Competition Winners

Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Rancho Mirage High School

 

Junior Level Winners – March 8, 2015

  • Ranen Unger Hicks
  • Matthew Gurning
  • Emika Saito
  • Lydia Xu
  • Samuel Xu

Honorable Mention:
• Christina Lui

Senior Level Winners – March 15, 2015

  • Marie Ananian
  • Yoonseo (Ted) Choi
  • Mileana Martinez
  • Joel Oswari
  • Ben Tecson (performing in video)
2014 Steinway Society Piano Festival Competition Winners

Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Rancho Mirage High School

 

Junior Winners – March 9, 2014

2014 Piano Festival Competition

  • Catherine Duan – Dr. Angelica Prodan, teacher
  • Karissa Juhas – James Ramos, teacher
  • Joel Oswari – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Emika Saito – Eva Martin – Hollaus, teacher
  • Ranen Unger Hicks – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher

Honorable Mention:
• Maggie Liu – Jenny Shin, teacher
• Cricket Takeda – Jim McCormick, teacher

Senior Winners – March 16, 2014

  • Marie Ananian-Kate – Rubke-Foxworth, teacher
  • Matthew Evangelista – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Julian Jenson – Dr. Douglas Ascraft, teacher
  • Andrew Tang – Jennie Shin,teacher
  • Ben Tecson – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher

Honorable Mention:
• Ted Choi – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher

2013 Steinway Society Piano Festival Competition Winners

Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum

 

Junior Winners – March 10, 2013

2013 Piano Festival Competition

  • Yoonseo “Ted” Choi – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Ranen Unger Hicks – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Joel Oswari – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Andrew Tang – Jenny Shin, teacher
  • Lydia Xu – Huan Che, teacher

Senior Winners – March 17, 2013

  • Brian Chan – Angelica Prodan, teacher
  • Jason Chan – Dr. Angelica Prodan, teacher
  • Jonathan Mamora – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Benjamin Tecson – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Xinran “Kelly” Xin – Dr. Douglas Ashcraft, teacher

Honorable Mention:
• Matthew Evangilista – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
• Saehee Jong – Anne Park Lee, teacher
• Hannah Yaghoubian – James McCormick, teacher

2012 Steinway Society Piano Festival Competition Winners

Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum

2012 Piano Festival Competition

Junior Winners – March 11, 2012

  • Jason Chan – Angelica Prodan, teacher
  • Ranen Unger Hicks – Eva Martin Hollaus, teacher
  • Milaena Martinez – Dr. Stewart Gordon, teacher
  • Vevina-Anne Swanson – Professor Louanne Long, teacher
  • Andrew Tang – Yiyi Ku, teacher

Senior Winners – March 18, 2012

  • Julian Jenson
  • Dong Yeon Kim – Dr. Andrew Park, teacher
  • Benny Kleinerman – Nelms McKelvain, teacher
  • Jonathan Mamora – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Esther Yaghoubian – James McCormick, teacher

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