Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Finalists: PIANO (SOLO DIVISION), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST pianists for 2018-19 in the SOLO division.


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.

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 the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—professional division, 2018-19

Svetlana Belsky
Northbrook IL 
Matthew Bengtson
Saline MI 
Yi-Yang Chen
Johnson City TN 
Anchie Donn
West Hartford CT 
Jooyoung Kim
Fishers IN 
Jin Ah Kwon
Lewisville TX 
Hyojin Rhim
Forest Hills NY 
Reed Tetzloff
Forest Hills NY 
Olivia Xin Zhang
Lexington KY 

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—college/university division, 2018-19

Meilin Ai
Denton TX 
Nathan Cheung
Pleasanton CA 
Hyejin Cho
Ann Arbor MI 
Ahyoung Cho
East Lansing MI 
Hokyong Choi
Cambridge MA 
Anna Keiserman
Newark NJ 
Aoshuang Li
Beijing, China
Jane Liu
Cleveland OH 
Lingxu Peng
Wuhan Hubei, China
Christopher Richardson
Danville CA 
Cecilia Sakong
State College PA 
Wei-Yi Sun
Columbus OH 
John Wilson
Miami Beach FL 
Brian Woods
Winchester VA 
Yin Zhang
Lincoln NE 

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)
—high school division, 2018-19

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!

Jane Bua
New York NY 
William Chang
San Francisco CA 
Jasper Heymann
New York NY 
Henry Jiaxiang Huang
Columbia MO 
Annika Huprikar
Deerfield IL 
Michael McClure
Kenmore NY 


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!

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