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2011-2012 FIRST PLACE AWARD:  ($5,000)
Alexey Sychev

Alexey was born October 9, 1988 in Lipetsk, Russia.  He began to study music at age 7, and played the first concerto of L.Beethoven with orchestra at age 10. 

He is a laureate of numerous International and National competitions, including 2nd prize and critics prize of San Marino International piano competition 2010, 1st prize of the 4th Franz Liszt International piano competition 2009, under the chairmanship of Martha Argerich; 2nd prize of International piano competition "Les Virtuoses du Futur" 2009, Switzerland; 2nd prize of International piano competition “The Muse” 2008, Greece. He is Grand-prix, First prize of the International Radio Competition “Concertino Prague” 2007; 1st prize, audience prize and press prize of International Piano Competition 2006, Enschede, Netherlands; 1st prize and Gold Medal of the Fourth National Delphic Games-2005, Russia. 

Alexey's performances have been broadcast in Russia, the Netherlands, and Italy; he also recorded a CD with Czech Radio. He performed in the Great hall of Moscow Conservatory, Rudolphinum Hall in Prague, Salle Cortot in Paris and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Alexey gave solo recitals in Russia, Israel, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Japan, USA and Germany. He played with different symphonic orchestras in Russia and Europe, including Gulbenkian symphony (Lisbon), Lithuanian National symphony (Vilnius), Czech Radio symphony (Prague), and concert tour with the East Netherlands symphony orchestra.

Alexey graduated from Moscow Chopin College; currently he is a student of Moscow P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory, studying with professors Alexey Nasedkin and Pavel Nersessian..

1. J.S. Bach  Prelude and Fugue in F major from WTC II
2. F. Liszt  Sonata in B minor
3. P.Tchaikovsky/Pletnev  Three movements from "Sleeping Beauty": Dance of Pages, Vision, Adagio

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2011-2012 2nd PLACE AWARD: ($1,000)
Angelo Arciglione

One of the brightest musicians of the new generation, Italian pianist Angelo Arciglione has been praised by international audiences and critics for his sensitive interpretation, his poetic passion and fascinating touch. He has performed, as a soloist and with orchestras, in major venues and renowned festivals in his country and abroad.

Mr. Arciglione has won major prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the 2005 “Pozzoli” Competition in Seregno, the 2006 “Arcangelo Speranza” Competition in Taranto, the 2008 “José Iturbi” Competition in Valencia, the 2010 “Scriabin” Competition in Grosseto, the 2010 “Napolitano” Prize in Vietri sul Mare, the 2011 “UmbriaMusicFest” Competition in Todi. 

Angelo Arciglione has featured in many television and radio broadcasts in Italy, Spain, USA, Brazil and Japan. Born in Acri (Cosenza), Angelo Arciglione is a graduate of the Music Conservatory of Cosenza, where he studied with Angelo Guido. He obtained the Master of Music degree with honors from the Music Conservatory of Siena under Hector Moreno. He teaches piano at the Academy of Music in Florence.

Beethoven: Sonata Op. 111
Chopin: Scherzo n. 3 Op. 39
Debussy: La Puerta del Vino - Ondine - Feux d'artifice
Scarlatti: Sonata K.125

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2011-2012 3rd PLACE AWARD:  ($500)
Yangmingtian Zhao

18-year-old prodigy Zhao Yang Ming Tian was born in Hainan, China, and started learning the piano at the age of four. At 13, he entered the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, where he studied with renowned pianists Chen Bigang and Ling Yuan. A recipient of the Lee Foundation Talent Scholarship, Ming Tian has since completed two years of study in Piano Performance at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore under Mr. Benjamin Loh. 

Since taking part in the Hong Kong Mozart Competition in 2003, where he was the Second Prizewinner, this teen sensation has won multiple awards in international competitions. He received Gold awards at the China Central Television’s Youth Piano Competition in 2004, as well as the "Kadenza" Youth Competition in China in 2007, where he also claimed the First prize. In 2010, at the inaugural International Chopin Piano Competition (Singapore), Ming Tian charmed a local audience and an international jury to sweep both the Audience Prize as well as the Second Prize. A local reviewer praised the ‘vast palette of sound and emotions’ displayed in his ‘awe-inspiring’ performance. 

In Singapore, he has given numerous performances, at the Lee Foundation Theatre in NAFA and elsewhere, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. In 2011, he successfully presented a piano recital at Esplanade Recital Hall. The local critic Chang Tou Liang praised "Ever wondered what celebrity pianists Lang Lang and Li Yundi were like before they became really famous?"

Mingtian also is a active piano educator although he is only 18 years old, conducting masterclass in 2011 at the University of Hainan. In 2011, Mingtian is the full-scholarship student at University of Kansas and studying piano with Steinway Artist, Dr. Steven Spooner.

01 E.Wild-G.Gershwin: Virtuoso Etude No.4 Fascinating Rhythm
02 W.Mozart: Sonata in F major K.332 1st movement
03 W.Mozart: Sonata in F major K.332 2nd movement
04 W.Mozart: Sonata in F major K.332 3rd movement
05 F.Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
06 B.Bartok: Three Folk Songs From The Csik District
07 F.Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major Op.27 No.2
08 F.Chopin: Scherzo in B minor, No.1 Op.20

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2010 World International Piano Competition 


2010 FIRST PLACE AWARD:  ($5,000)
Eun-Shik Park

Eun-Shik Park was born in Seoul, Korea in 1977. He graduated from the Seoul National University where he received a BM and also studied at the Korean University of Art. He is now training his musicianship with pursuing his Artist Diploma at the Indiana University in which he already finished the Doctorate and Masters degree. He currently studies with world-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler.

He won prizes at several competitions, which include Concert Artist Guild Competition, Indiana Travel Grant competition, Seoul Music Competition for Young Artist, Chopin Competition by the Korea Chopin Association, Joong-Ang Music Competition and more.

Eun-Shik Park appeared at many concerts as a soloist and a collaborative pianist in Seoul, New York, Chicago, Paris, and London. He also performed with the KBS symphony orchestra the Seoul National University Orchestra. 

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J. Haydn Sonata No.38 in F Major, Hob.XI:23
F. Liszt Etude de Concert No.2 "La leggierezza"
S. Prokofiev Sonata No.6 in A Major, Op.82

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2010 SECOND PLACE: ($1,500)
Frank Huang

A native of Seattle, WA, pianist Frank Huang has performed many concerts in the United States and abroad to critical acclaim. He recently made his New York debut in Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, as a winner of Artists International. New York Concert Review raved that Mr. Huang was a “thoughtful and accomplished performer” and that his playing was “impressive for its maturity and refinement.” 

Mr. Huang has performed in notable venues such as Benaroya Hall, Seattle, US Embassy in Warsaw, Zelazowa Wola Park (Chopin’s birthplace), Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain), Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Kennedy Center, Washington DC, and Lincoln Center in New York, along with radio broadcasts in Seattle, Vermont, and New York.  Recently, he was the winner of the 2008 5 Towns Piano Competition, adding to his list of competition successes including first prize at The International Young Artists Concerto Competition. 

An avid chamber musician, he is not only a founding member of The Fairmount Trio, but has also collaborated with members of the Cleveland Orchestra in concerts. Mr. Huang has worked with distinguished musicians such as Lee Kum-Sing, Nelita True, Byron Janis, Jon Kimura Parker, Robert McDonald, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, and Dominique Weber. He studied extensively with Willard Schultz before obtaining Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Julian Martin. 

Mr. Huang is currently a doctoral student at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying under the direction of Antonio Pompa-Baldi.  Mr. Huang currently serves as a piano faculty member at the Arts Prep program at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Brahms Sonata in C major, Op.1, II. Andante
Haydn Sonata in E flat major, Hob XVI:52, I. Allegro
Haydn Sonata in E flat major, Hob XVI:52, II. Adagio
Haydn Sonata in E flat major, Hob XVI:52, III. Presto
J.S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in F major from WTC II
Stravinsky, Trois mouvements de Petrouchka, II. Chez Petrouchka
Stravinsky, Trois mouvements de Petrouchka, III. La semaine grasse


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2010 THIRD PLACE: ($500)
Tzu-Feng Liu

Pianist Tzu-Feng Liu works as a solo pianist and collaborative artist, and has performed in many different settings, including vocal, chamber, orchestral and solo concerts in both Taiwan and the U.S. She received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.

Tzu-Feng’s past awards include first prize at the 1997 Taipei Senior division piano competition, second place at the 1998 Taiwan Senior division piano competition and finalist in the Taiwan Symphony Young Artist debut, as well as the YAMAHA young artist debut in 1999. 

In 2003, she was the winner of the concerto competition at the University of Illinois. Her 2010 concert highlights include solo performances at Keller Hall, (Albuquerque, NM), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY) and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland (Washington, DC). Besides her solo engagements, Dr. Liu is also devoted to new music performance. 

She was the co- winner of the UIUC “21st Century Piano Commission” award in 2007. Ms. Liu has been invited to perform in several festivals including the Electronic Music Midwest Festival (EMM, Kansas City), CHASM Festival (Tallahassee, FL), Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (Salt Lake City, UT) along with John Donald Robb Composer’s Symposium Concerts in 2008 and 2010. She currently resides in Albuquerque,NM.

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F. Chopin Nocturne, op.48-1
F. Rzewski Winnsboro cotton mill blues
F. Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor


World International Piano Competition 2008 Winners
First Place  $10,000- Dr. Christopher Atzinger
International Piano Competition winner Christopher Atzinger, a native of Jackson, Michigan, has performed in Austria, Italy, France, Spain and Canada in addition to concerts in New York at Carnegie Hall (Weill), New York University, St. Pauls Chapel, Liederkranz Hall; in Chicago at the Dame Myra Hess Series; and in Washington, D.C. at the Phillips Collection.  He has performed at the Banff International Keyboard Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Institution, in addition to giving lectures and masterclasses across the county.
            Atzinger earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.   Prior to his faculty appointment at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, he taught at Dickinson College (PA).

Second Place  $2,000 - Esther Park

International Piano Competition second-place winner Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as in Korea, China, Canada, France, Russia, Ireland, Spain, Poland, Italy and Israel.
             Ms. Park is the winner of the 2004 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at the Juilliard School, the 52nd Kosciusko International Piano Competition, New Jersey Young Artists Audition, the Van Cliburn-TCU Institute Young Artist Competition, Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, and several other international piano competitions.  She is the recipient of the President Clinton Prodigy Award.
              Born in Pusan, Korea in 1984, Ms. Park began to play in public soon after her first piano lessons at the age of four. Ms. Park moved to the United States in 1995, and has since received her Bachelors degree and Masters degree from the Juilliard School, studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky. 

Third Place  $1,000 - Mauricio Arias

International Piano Competition third-place winner Mauricio Arias was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1984. He began his piano studies at age 13 with polish professor Ludmila Weber. In 2005 he received his Bachelors Degree Summa Cum Laude from Fundacin Universitaria Juan N. Corpas in Bogota with a minor in composition.  

From 2003-2004 he participated in Piano Summer at New Paltz, NY. He has been featured as a soloist with the Tolima Symphony Orchestra (2002), Corpas Symphony Orchestra (2003), Filarmnica del Valle (2004), National Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (2005), National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia (2005), National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba (2005).

His piece The Snake was premiered by the Corpas University Symphony Orchestra in 2003.

Fourth Place  $500 - Dr. Noel Engebretson

International Piano Competition fourth-place winner Noel Engebretson has established a significant career as a pianist and educator.

A Professor of Music at The University of Alabama, he originally is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His debut occurred there when he was sixteen, and since then he has won numerous awards and honors, including a bronze medal at the 1989 McMahon International Piano Competition, as well as one of the most important awards in the 1988 Young Keyboard Artists Association International Piano Competition and the 2007 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition.

 In the summer of 1996 he embarked on a concert tour of The Peoples Republic of China, where he was featured artist in a series of recitals, lectures, and master classes. He has studied with some of the worlds leading musicians; among them, John Perry, Frank Mannheimer, and Paul Freed.  He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.


Fifth Place (Tie)  - $250 - Michael Schneider

Critics have hailed International Piano Competition fifth-place winner Michael Schneider as "a pianist with exceptional insight" and a "performer with great panache" in performances across the states and overseas to Poland and France. Recently, Michael won six awards at the Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition

Mr. Schneider has performed in such venues as the legendary chateau of George Sand in Nohant, France, performing an all-Chopin recital as a guest artist in the International Chopin Festival, and Carnegies Weill Recital Hall as a prizewinner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition. 

The fall of 2004 marked the inauguration of the San Angelo Piano Festival (SAPF), a new festival in West Texas created and directed by Michael Schneider  One of the missions of the festival is to help bridge the gap between classical music and youth by offering outreach programs to schools in the community. 


Fifth Place (Tie)  -$250 - Rena Rzayeva

International Piano Competition fifth-place winner Rena Rzayeva graduated from Azerbaijan State Conservatory and she is a soloist of the Azerbaijan State Philharmony, Baku. Recitals and orchestral performances include Azerbaijan, Russia, USA, Austria, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Netherlands, Egypt, Spain, and  Turkey.

 Rena Rzayeva performed together with such honored and well-known conductors as Niyazi, Rauf Abdullayev (both - Azerbaijan), Kreshimir Shipush (Norway), David Bukhin (Russia), violinist Hans-Heinz Schneeberger (Switzerland), and pianist Daniel Grimwood (Great Britain).  Rena has recorded four solo CDs over the last decade. 

Rena Rzayeva was the first in Azerbaijan to set up solo programs, tied to the principle of creative continuity and a spiritual relationship:    She continues her desire to create more programs united by interesting and extraordinary conceptions.



Dr. Michael Baron, Chair of Adjudication
Dedicated to Dr. William Seymour 
and Professor William Gant

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