Annual Piano Festival Competition

The Steinway Society’s Annual Piano Competition has been awarding talented young piano students and providing them an opportunity to perform and work with master teachers since 2002. The upcoming competition will be held for juniors on March 3rd, 2019 and for seniors on March 10th, 2019.

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

Participants are divided into two groups:

  • Junior Level – through grade 8, MTAC Certificate or of Merit Level 5 and above
  • Senior Level – Grades 9-12 (age limit 18.)

There are two Master Teachers who are the Judges for each level. Participants play in a Master Class with each judge and in one recital in front of both judges together. Award winners are selected on the basis of their performance in both the class and the recital venues. The students’ teachers are encouraged to attend the Master Classes and the Recital. Five participants from each level are selected by consensus of the two judges for the respective level, and all decisions are final.

Award winners receive a $500 Study Award and are invited to perform in the Festival Winners Concert.

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


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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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