The Third Southern “Chopin” International Piano Competition
This competition aims to promote the significant musical and cultural exchanges between China and the US, enhance mutual understanding of musical culture, provide the piano lovers and foreign students an international stage and platform.
In addition, the organization of the competition is committed to provide opportunities for blind and autistic children. The Third Southern “Chopin” International Piano Competition has set a competition group for disabilities in order to give these children a chance to share their talent and musicality. Through this competition, we aim to advocate our society to pay more attention to the blind and autistic children, provide more assistant and support for them spiritually and financially.
Divisions and repertoire requirements:
The competition is divided into several groups:
- Senior Group A: 16—17 years old, one piece composed by Chopin and another piece of the contestant’s own choice. No longer than 10 minutes.
- Senior Group B: 13—15 years old, one piece composed by Chopin and another piece of the contestant’s own choice. No longer than 8 minutes.
- Junior Group A: 10—12 years old, one piece of the contestant’s own choice no longer than 6 minutes, either composed by a Chinese or a western composer.
- Junior Group B: 9 years old or under, one piece of the contestant’s own choice no longer than 5 minutes, either composed by a Chinese or a western composer.
- Piano Four Hands Group: a piece of competitors’ choice no longer than 5 minutes.
Gold Prizes: $500
Silver Prizes: $300
Bronze Prizes: $100
Important for the applicants:
The organization is authorized to use any video and audio recording from the competition, and is permitted to use contestants’ photos for non-profit promotions. Once the application is submitted, it is considered automatically that the applicant agrees with the statement above.
Application Procedures for applicants from USA:
- Download an application form.
- Pay your non-refundable application fee: $50. Please mail your check to: Chopin International Art Center, Inc. 6302 Kennedy Hills Ct Sugar Land, TX 77479. Please make your check payable to: Chopin International Art Center, Inc.
- Please email your prescreening video recording with competition repertoire to: email@example.com
- Application deadline: July 15th, 2018. We need to receive your application form, application fee and video recording by this date.
- We will notify you of your prescreening result soon by email.
- 支票支付报名费：50美元。地址：Chopin International Art Center, Inc. 6302 Kennedy Hills Ct Sugar Land, TX 77479. 收款人: Chopin International Art Center, Inc. 报名费恕不退还。
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Dates and location:
Final round and Awards ceremony: August 18th, 2018 & August. 19th, 2018, time: TBA.
Location: KAWAII Hall, Houston, USA
Chopin International Art Center, USA
Kawaii Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., USA
Moore School of Music, University of Houston
Southern USA Newspaper & TV Media Co.
- Competition President: Abbey Simon [USA], (legendary American pianist, tenured professor of piano in The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Moore School of Music in University of Houston)
- Competition Vice-president: Ning Liu, (world-known pianist, founder of Ning Liu’s Piano School)
- Honorary President: Weihua Li (President of the Southern USA Newspaper & TV media Co.)
- Honorary Vice-president: Mei Zhang (President of Lushunkou Charity Organization in Dalian China; President of Qianpin Cultural Media Company in Dalian China); Evie Offord [USA] (Kawaii Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., USA)
- President of Jury: Timothy Hester [USA], (Departmental Chair, Moore School of Music, University of Houston)
- Vice-president of jury: Matthew Tallbacka Loudermilk (Dean/Professor of American International College of Music); Qi Ding [USA], (world-known piano educator; former president of Houston Piano Association)
- Director: Xiaoping Wu, (President of Ning Liu’s Piano School; Music director of America "Chopin" international art center)
- Assistant Director: Wanting Zhao,(Artist Diploma Recipient, Master of Music at Eastman School of Music); Yan Shen, (Kawaii artist, Artist Diploma & DMA recipient from The Moore School of Music, University of Houston)
大赛主席：Abbey Simon 【美】（美国传奇钢琴大师，美国茱莉亚、印第安纳、休斯顿大学音乐学院终身教授）
Evie offord 【美】（美国KAWAI钢琴公司）
大赛评审副主席：Matthew Tallbacka Loudermilk (美国国际音乐学院院长，钢琴教授)； 丁绮【美】（着名钢琴教育家，曾任美国休斯敦钢琴协会主席）
丨评委，特邀钢琴家：李佳乐 Jiale Li 丨
Jiale Li was born in Huludao, Liaoning Province. He began his piano studies at a young age in his hometown until in 2004 he was admitted to the Middle School Attached to the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 2007, Jiale placed first on the entrance examination at the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and studied there for three years as a high school student.
During his studies in Beijing, Jiale has won prizes in many prestigious piano competitions, such as first prize at the “Conservatory Cup” Piano Competition; first prize and the best performance of Schubert’s works at the Yamaha Award Competition; third place at the 5th International Competition of Young Pianists “A Step Towards Mastery” in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 2010, Jiale was admitted to five music conservatories in the U. S. and entered the Juilliard School to study with Mr. Seymour Lipkin. Jiale participated in several summer courses during his undergraduate years such as the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Los Angeles Music Festival; and ANME Asian New Music Festival. In Fall 2015, Jiale entered Eastman School of Music to pursue a Master of Music Degree. In the same year, Jiale won the first prize in the Eastman Concerto Competition and performed Liszt’s First Piano Concerto in Eb major with the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra. In march 2018, as a winner of the Lowry Award at Eastman, Jiale made his Carnegie debut in New York City.
Jiale is currently pursuing a DMA degree at Eastman School of Music as a student of Professor Nelita True.
丨评委，特邀钢琴家：赵婉婷 Wanting Zhao丨
Wanting Zhao was born in Shenyang, Northeast China, and began her piano studies at the age of four. At fifteen, her first place performance on the entrance examination earned her direct admission to the Middle School attached to the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China’s premier music school.
In 2009, Wanting was admitted to the School of Music at Texas Christian University on full scholarship as a winner of the prestigious Nordan Award. She studied with Cliburn Gold Medalist José Feghali for six years, and finished her final year with John Owings, chair of TCU’s piano department. Wanting has been a prize winner in many national and international piano competitions such as the Young Texas Artists Competition, the eleventh “Xing Hai” China National Piano Competition, the fourteenth Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, and the Oberlin International Competition, as well as a finalist in the Dallas and Eastman International Piano Competitions.
Wanting has performed in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and concerto performances in China, the United States and the United Kingdom. As a soloist, she has performed with China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Conroe Symphony Orchestra, TCU Symphony Orchestra and Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra. Her passionate and imaginative performance has been described by Hutchinson News as a pianist “who knows how to make music with technical proficiency and interpretive mastery”.
Wanting is currently a student of Barry Snyder at Eastman School of Music, where she is pursuing a Master of Music degree in piano performance.