Thursday, November 16, 2017

FINALISTS: Piano Concerto, 2017-18, The Lorin Hollander Award

Lorin Hollander

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST pianists for 2017-18 in the CONCERTO division, The LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when winners will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

It is a particularly exciting competition this year, especially in the professional division, which heralds very strong performances of some standard (and not so standard) repertoire. Bravi, tutti.

The American Prize LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD celebrates the artistry of one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Lorin Hollander has appeared as guest soloist with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the world and is a veteran of over 2,500 performances across the globe. The American Prize is delighted to share the legacy of this legendary artist through the re-naming of the award for Piano Concerto Performance in his honor.
For more about the extraordinary life and career of Lorin Hollander, please visit

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 of the contest year.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email:

We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2017-18
—professional division

Richard Bosworth   Naples FL   
    Tchaikovsky Concerto in B-flat minor

Jacob Clark   Beaumont TX
    Hartley Concerto #2 for Piano and Wind Ensemble

Paul Dykstra   Sanbornton NH  
    Beethoven Emperor Concerto

Quynh Nguyen   New York NY
    Mozart K. 453 (G major)

Roberto Plano   Holliston MA
    Busoni Concerto in D minor

Tomasz Robak   Baltimore MD 
    Mendelssohn Concerto in G minor

The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2017-18
—college/university division

Xiao Chen   Los Angeles CA
    Rachmaninoff Concerto #2

Pei-Sin Chen   Columbus OH
    Prokofiev Concerto #1

Lishan Xue   Urbana IL
    Bartok Concerto #2

The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2017-18
—high school division

Annika Huprikar   Highland Park IL
    Mozart K 414 (A major)
Leyla Kabuli   Davis CA
    Rachamninoff Concerto #2

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA 
    Beethoven Choral Fantasy

Xiaoping Wang, Jr.   Highland Park IL
    Saint-Saens Concerto #2 (G minor)


Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your 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 soon. 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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