Friday, August 7, 2015

PIANO SOLO finalists, 2015

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST pianists for 2015 in professional, college/university and high school SOLO divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing:

The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—professional division

Michael Angelucci    Baltimore MD
Matthew Bengtson    Wynnewood PA
Kris Carlisle    Rome GA
Susan Chan    Tigard OR
Kevin Class    Knoxville TN
Jovanni-Rey de Pedro    Moscow ID
Brendan Michael Kinsella    McAllen TX
Mikyung Lim   Anaheim  CA                   
Susan Merdinger    Highland Park IL
John Mortensen    Cedarville OH
Yoon-Wha Roh    North Reading MA
Daria Scarano    Hanover MD
Joel Schoenhals    Ann Arbor MI
Maria Sumareva    Coral Gables FL
Garnet Ungar    Boonville IN

The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—college/university division

Li-Hsin Chen    Kansas City MO
Dion Cunningham    College Park MD
Anna Dmytrenko    Newark DE
Jae Young Kim    New York NY
Dongyul Lee   Los Angeles CA 

The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)
—high school division

Trenton Chang    Logan UT
Heather Hsun Chang    Palo Alto CA
Michael Hong    Northridge CA
Allison Kirkegaard    Downers Grove IL
Christopher Son Richardson    Danville CA
Jarod Yap    Clarence Center NY 


We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists.

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