Friday, March 5, 2021

Finalists: PIANO (SOLO), 2021

The American Prize wishes everyone safety and health during this difficult time.  



The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST pianists for 2021 in the SOLO divisions.

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.

From Maestro Katz: 
"Why so many finalists?" Different from some other contests, The American Prize is first and foremost about encouraging artists, not about eliminating contestants. Each of the individuals below was judged to be worthy of further consideration as we move towards selecting winners and runners-up in the various divisions. At the end of the contest year each will receive a written evaluation. Especially during this most difficult time for performing artists everywhere, we hope the recognition will prove valuable. Thanks to all these individuals for a most impressive display of artistry. —DK

But 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 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.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation. 


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2021, professional solo division:

Elina Christova  

Norwalk  CT  

   

Christine Ifen Chuang

FriscoTX  

   

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       

        

Jingshu Zhao

Denton  TX  

 


NATIONAL FINALISTS: 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




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

Christian Brann         

Amherst  NY       

      

Jeslyn Zhu Cai           

Spokane  WA             

      

Ayushman Choudhury     

Ellington  CT       

       

Natalie Chow          

Livingston  NJ       

      

Amy Liu           

Setauket  NY       

      

Zizheng William Liu           

Sugar Land  TX       

      

Meredith Nam           

Bothell  WA             

        

Marc Soong         

Alhambra  CA        

      

Esther Tang          

Gaithersburg  MD       

      

Angela Gigi Tsang         

San Jose  CA




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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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