The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST pianists for 2017-18 in the SOLO division. 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: very strong performances of some standard (and not so standard) repertoire. Bravi, tutti.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (solo)—professional division, 2017-18
Kris Carlisle Rome GA
Jiwon Choi Maryville MO
Mirna Lekic Bayside NY
Qyunh Nguyen New York NY
Roberto Plano Holliston MA
Gabriel Quenneville-Belair Minneapolis MN
Tomasz Robak Baltimore MD
Michael Seregow Pullman WA
The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—college/university division, 2017-18
Chia-Ying Chan Urbana IL
Gabrielle Chou Pembroke Pines FL
Mimi Chun East Lansing MI
Ge Gao Los Angeles CA
William Hume Rochester NY
Yuan Jiang Tempe AZ
Mikhail Maurice Johnson Bowling Green OH
Ekaterina Paniukova Lubbock TX
Hyuna Park Cincinnati OH
Natasha Stojanovska Chicago IL
Nicholas Susi Saint Louis MO
John Wilson Miami Beach FL
The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)
—high school division, 2017-18
All semi-finalists in the high school division were advanced. The level of artistry was high and The American Prize feels that each contestant listed below is worthy of the encouragement (and evaluation) finalist selection provides. Congratulations!
Megan Auyeung Los Gatos CA
Yuqing Liu Sugar Land TX
Avik Sarkar Chestnut Hill MA
Victor Shlyakhtenko Los Angeles CA
Jarrett Mitsuhiro Takaki Willmette IL
Xiaoping Wang, Jr. Highland Park IL
Barbara Xiong Brentwood TN
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: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "
Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.
Congratulations to all finalists!