CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE STEINWAY SOCIETY OF MASSACHUSETTS 2021 PIANO COMPETITION It gives us great pleasure to announce this year’s WINNERS of the 2021 Steinway Society Piano Competition! Congratulations to all the participants and their teachers on all your hard work! Special THANKS to our wonderful team of judges who gave so generously of their time for this year’s Competition – Randall Hodgkinson, Michael Kramer and Lydia Reed-Guertin Division III First Place Michael Karshis Student of Tanya Schwartzman AND Benjamin Wolfson Student of Natalia Harlap ___ Second Place David Liebowitz Student of Natalia Harlap ___ Third Place Alexis Chen Student of Nilly Shilo
Upon confirmation of your paid registration, you will receive an email from Ms. Christina Dietrich with your competitor number and the link to the competition video submission form. https://forms.gle/1gzXebYF8T91Yowh7 Please review this video for an overview of the video submission process (these are the same rules and tips from the 2020 competition). Recording guidelines and tips for the Steinway Society Piano Competition: We are simulating the environment and requirements of a live competition: One Recording – both pieces performed during the same video session. Tips for recording: Only one camera angle and position please. Clean the camera lens and orient the camera in landscape
WE’RE GOING VIRTUAL IN 2021! Registration is open through May 22, 2021. This competition represents our commitment to the pursuit of superior artistic expression through piano performance. TOP PRIZE WINNERS Division I: First Prize – $200 | Second Prize – $125 | Third Prize – $75 Division II: First Prize – $350 | Second Prize – $225 | Third Prize – $125 Division III: First Prize – $500 | Second Prize – $300 | Third Prize – $200 First, second, and third place winners will also receive commemorative medals and recognition on the Steinway Society of Massachusetts website. All participants will receive a certificate of
Division I: Third Place – Sophia PopescuStudent of Tanya Schwartzman Sophia is 9 years old. She is entering 4th grade at East Elementary School in Sharon, Massachusetts. Her favorite school subjects are math, music, and art. She loves her school because she has made many good friends and met wonderful teachers. Sophia has been studying piano with Ms. Tanya Schwartzman since she was 5 years old. She loves sharing her passion for music with audiences at competitions and various performance venues. When asked what playing piano means to her, she wrote: “When I just started learning piano, I loved the sound that comes out of
This year, the Steinway Society of Massachusetts Chose to continue their long-running competition as a virtual event. Over 90 competitors joined and the winners were selected by a panel of regional judges. The winners of the Steinway Society Competition are performing this fall during a series of Livestream recitals (see https://msteinert.com/live for more information). Recently, Steinway New York announced the creation of a new national virtual competition, and is seeking participants via various channels. Please note that Steinway Society of Massachusetts Competition participants and winners are encouraged to consider this national competition – it is a distinctly different and separate competition. More on Steinway’s national competition at: https://www.steinway.com/competition
Theodore Teng, pianist Even before he began his formal piano lessons with A. Ramón Rivera at the age of five, Theo Teng had always been surrounded by classical music, provided by his three older siblings. From a young age, his playing has been rooted in the intuitive pursuit of beauty, expression, and connections to the written score anchored by focus and practice. He studies at the Rivers School Conservatory and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. He is also a member of the acclaimed NEC Prep Piano Seminars. Theo earned his distinctions by winning the Rivers Symphony Concerto Competition twice in 2016 and 2018. These awards
As a post Division 1 (Ages 9 and under) 1st Prize: Chloe Tan, student of Gregg Pauley 2nd Prize: Laetitia Ji, student of Natalia Harlap 3rd Prize: Ian Lin, student of Tanya Schwartzman Honorable Mention: Eunha Basu, student of Niva Fried Norman Lu, student of Simon Xu Claire Tong, student of Natalia Harlap Eric Feng, student of Niva Fried Division 2 (Ages 10 to 13) 1st Prize: Maxine Park, student of Mila Filatova 2nd Prize: Roxane Park, student of Mila Filatova 3rd Prize: Logan Sherwin, student of Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome and Julia Zhou, student of Ronald Kmiec Honorable Mention (in the following order): 1. Michael Karshis, student of Tanya Schwartzman 2.
2016 Competition Winners Division 1 (Grades 3-4) 1st Prize: Justin Yamaguchi 2nd Prize: Gavin Valentino, Eric Zhu 3rd Prize: Emily Zhou, Alexis Chen, Marena Chen Honorable Mention: Collins Maguire Nathaniel Su Christina Xi Emily Youm Division 2 (Grades 5-6) 1st Prize: Natalie Zhang 2nd Prize: Michael P. Karshis, Justin Wang 3rd Prize (tie): Patrick Lu, Theo Teng Honorable Mention: Camelia Foroohar Gaeun Lee Sara Tardif Division 3 (Grades 7-8) 1st Prize: Kyle Chen 2nd Prize: Tomer Nuriyev 3rd Prize: Justin Gu Honorable Mention: Emily Huang Timothy Labounko Alessandra Mariano Division 4 (Grades 9-10) 1st Prize: Hannah Ryu 2nd Prize: Raquel Fisk, Karen Ji 3rd Prize: