Friday, December 11, 2020

Semi-Finalists: PIANO CONCERTO (The Lorin Hollander Award), 2021

The American Prize wishes all our laureates, contestants, judges and friends safety and health during this extraordinarily difficult time.

Lorin Hollander
The American Prize is delighted to announce SEMI-FINALIST piano concerto soloists for 2021, The Lorin Hollander Award. Congratulations! (Be sure to check all divisions. The American Prize may have moved an audition to a more appropriate category.) As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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

We invite semi-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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

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:

The American Prize in Piano Concerto Performance, 2021, The Lorin Hollander Award, professional division:

Chia-Ying Chan                       

Urbana IL

Beethoven—G major

Clare Longendyke                 

Indianapolis IN 

Beethoven—G major

Susan Merdinger                  

Highland Park IL 

Beethoven—B flat major        

The American Prize in Piano Concerto Performance, 2021, The Lorin Hollander Award, college/university division:

Brandon K. Hamilton

Plano TX       

Rhapsody in Blue

Yunhee Kim                         

Cambridge MA      

Beethoven—C minor 

Yuhui Le                          

Mesa AZ       

Shostakovich No. 2

Yang Li                          

Rochester NY      

Prokofiev No. 3 

Xiaoya Liu                         

Ann Arbor MI

Prokofiev No. 3

Michael Shui

Tempe AZ

Ravel—G major

Yun Tang                        

Chanchun Jilin (China)



Semi-finalists: make the most of your selection by announcing it on your facebook page, tweet the news, and include a link to this announcement on your website or blog. 

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a SEMI-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 FINALISTS in my division in the new year. 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 semi-finalists!

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