Saturday, March 26, 2011


The American Prize is pleased to announce the finalists in its 2011 piano competitions, in both the concerto performance and solo divisions. Winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance will be chosen from these listings.

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The judges reserve the right to award Honorable Mentions, Citations, and other recognition to praiseworthy applicants later in the process. Non-semi-finalists will also receive certificates.

The postmark deadline for the next round of piano competitions of The American Prize is December 15, 2011. Application forms and further information will be available on the website in early summer.

Finalists: CONCERTO PERFORMANCE—professional division

Sarah S. Chan, Rochester, NY—Mozart #25 and Brahms #1 (two applications)
Catharine Dornin, Concord, NH—Beethoven #4
May Phang, Greencastle, IN—Rachmaninoff #2

Finalists: CONCERTO PERFORMANCE—college/university division

George Hemcher, Frazer, PA—MacDowell #2
Stephanie Ng, Marietta, GA—Chopin #1
Sora Park, Macomb, IL—Tchaikovsky #1

Finalists: SOLO PIANO—professional division

David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, offered these comments about the professional solo piano division: "Already as semi-finalists, these candidates evidence pianism at a very high level. The programs are challenging and interesting, with often crystalline playing, power and technique in abundance. We will leave it to the rest of our colleagues to sort out the final order. By doing so, The American Prize is able to offer every one of these worthy candidates the benefit of a written evaluation, regardless of who the final winner may be. A truly wonderful competition."

Sarah S. Chan, Rochester, NY (Scarlatti, Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy)
Susan Chan, Tigard, OR (Louie, Franck, Chopin)
Catharine Quillen Dornin, Concord, NH (Mozart, Grieg, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach)
Jeongwon Ham, Norman, OK (Mozart, Kabalevsky, Schumann, Hindemith, Liszt)
Lok Ng, Killington, VT (Beethoven, Barber, Chopin, Busoni, Brahms)
May Phang, Greencastle, IN (Liszt, Bach, Gougeon)
Joseph Satava, Baltimore, MD (Beethoven, Szymanowski, Mussorgsky)
Jade Simmons, Humble, TX (Barber, Corigliano, Pinkston, Roumain)
Lin-Yu Wang, Aiea, HI (Scriabin, Berio, Dutilleux)

Finalists: SOLO PIANO—college/university division

Maria Dickson, Provo, UT
Soojung Jeon, Duluth, MN
Sora Park, Macomb, IL

Finalists: SOLO PIANO—high school division

Verina Chen, Provo, UT
Neha Kumar, Wynne, AR
Aaron Michael Potter, Albany, OR

Congratulations to all!

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