Monday, December 28, 2020

Semi-Finalists: PIANO SOLOISTS, 2021

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

The American Prize is delighted to announce SEMI-FINALIST piano soloists for 2021. 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. 

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 Performance, 2021, professional solo division:

Elina Christova  

Norwalk  CT  


Christine Ifen Chuang



Ezra Donner

Ypsilanti  MI  


Ann DuHamel    

Morris MN  


Leah Kang

Urbana. IL  


Dongyul Lee 

Los Angeles. CA  


Bruce Leto Jr.   

North Hampton  NH  


Liana Paniyeva   

Quincy  MA  


Yoon-Wha Roh 

Pullman  WA  


Alexandra A. Saraceno   

Brooklyn  NY  


Helga Scheibert  

Pittsburgh  PA  


Rosemarie Suniga

Potsdam  NY  


Kristin Jonina Taylor

Omaha  NE  


Alexander Tchobanov  

Abu Dhabi UAE 


Muen Wei 

Tampa  FL  


Heidi Louise Williams   

Tallahassee. FL  


Chi-Chen Wu  

Laramie  WY  


Susan Yang

Nashville  TN   


Jonathan Young 

Fort Wayne  IN  


The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2021, college/university solo division:

Lanjiabao Ge  

Gainesville  FL       


Brandon K. Hamilton        

Plano TX       


Claudia Hu  

Raritan NJ       


Yunhee Kim 

Cambridge  MA       


Yera Kim 

State College  PA       

Bogyeong Lee 

Iowa City  IA       


Changhee Lee 

Montreal  QC       


Yang Li  

Rochester NY       


Junwen Liang           

State College  PA       


Haoyue Liang           

Denton TX       


Bora Ryu 

Kildeer  IL       


Yun Tang

Changchun China   


Shuk Ki Wong

Madison  WI       


Jen-Hao Yeh 

New York  NY       


Jing Shu Zhao

Denton  TX  


The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2021, community solo division:

Karen Salicath Jamali                     

Winter Park FL       

Luisa Kay Reyes                      

Tuscaloosa. AL       

Michael Shui                       

Tempe  AZ

The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2021, high school solo division:

Christian Brann         

Amherst  NY       


Jeslyn Zhu Cai           

Spokane  WA       


Jasper Casamento     

Ada   MI       


Ayushman Choudhury     

Ellington  CT       


Natalie Chow          

Livingston  NJ       


Amy Liu           

Setauket  NY       


Zizheng William Liu           

Sugar Land  TX       


Meredith Nam           

Bothell  WA        


Ethan Shi           

Ada  MI       


Marc Soong         

Alhambra  CA        


Esther Tang          

Gaithersburg  MD       


Angela Gigi Tsang         

San Jose  CA


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 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 semi-finalists!


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