Annual Piano Festival Competition 2020

 

The Steinway Society of Riverside County Awards Festival takes place this year on March 8 and March 15 at Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert.

The 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 REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS!

Participants must choose one Baroque piece OR one Classical. Schubert may count as Classical. The other two selections must represent different periods.

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. Applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 7, 2020.
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 8, 2020 – Xavier Prep
Senior Level – March 15, 2020 – Xavier Prep
Our guest master teachers this year are Antoinette Perry and Nelms McKelvain for the Junior Level and Catherine Kautsky and Anthony Padilla for the Senior.

Winners Concert – May 13, 2020 – Rancho Mirage Library

We look forward to your participation in our 16th annual Awards Festival!
Any questions, please call Jim McCormick at 760-285-6611

ENTRY IS NOW OPEN!

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 2019 Steinway Society Piano Festival Competition

La Sierra University

Juniors Level Winners – 2019

  • Kathleen Gurning – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Xuxuan Jin – Yiyi Ku, teacher 
  • Matthew Sakata – Yiyi Ku, teacher 
  • Lucas Schaefer – Yiyi Ku, teacher 
  • Jadon Wu –  Dr. Jeanette-Louise Yaryan

Senior Level Winners – 2019

  • Isabella Cao – Agatha Hou, teacher
  • Matthew Gurning – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Aaron Kwan – Agatha Hou, teacher
  • Yi Fang Demi Rong – Dr. Jeanette-Louise Yaryan, teacher
  • Xuerong Sharon Wang – Dr. Jeanette-Louise Yaryan, teacher

Winners of the 2018 Steinway Society Piano Festival Competition

Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Rancho Mirage High School

Juniors Level Winners – 2018

  • Emma Erickson – Yiyi Ku, teacher
  • Antoine Forehand – Jim McCormick, teacher
  • Kathleen Gurning – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Brian Huynh – Tatyana Maslova, teacher
  • Jadon Wu – Dr. Angelica Prodan, teacher

Senior Level Winners – 2018

  • Isabella Cao – Agatha Hou, teacher
  • Yilin Kevin Du – Dr. Doug Ashcraft, teacher
  • Matthew Gurning – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Aaron Kwan – Agatha Hou, teacher
  • Samuel Xu – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher

Winners of the 2017 Steinway Society Piano Festival Competition

Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Rancho Mirage High School

Juniors Level Winners – 2017

  • Isabella Cao – Agatha Hou, teacher
  • Emma Erickson – Yiyi Ku, teacher
  • Kathleen Gurning – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Matthew Gurning – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Aaron Kwan – Agatha Hou, teacher

Senior Level Winners – 2017

  • James Antonios – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Karissa Juhas – Dr. Angelica Prodan, teacher
  • Joel Oswari – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Lydia Xu – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Samuel Xu – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher

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 – Yiyi Ku, teacher
  • Matthew Gurning – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Aaron Kwan – Agatha Hou, teacher
  • Jadon Wu – Dr. Angelica Prodan, teacher
  • Lydia Xu – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher

Senior Level Winners – 2016

  • Benjamin Champion – Dr. Jeanette-Louise Yaryan, teacher
  • Thomas Kim – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
  • Han Xiao Helen Lai – Nelms McKelvain, teacher
  • Milaena Martinez – Dr. Stewart Gordon, teacher
  • Joel Oswari – Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, teacher
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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