Michael Karshis is a 17-year-old piano student of Tanya Schwartzman at Sharon Music Academy. He has performed in the Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Hall as first place for the 33rd International Young Artist Competition, Puerto Rico, Kurozwęki Palace in Poland, and in Carnegie Hall. He is a Grand Prix winner of the Young Promise International Piano Competition, 6 time first-place at Bay State Competition, 3rd prize winner of the 2020 Chopin International Piano Competition, is the winner of the Outstanding Performance Ruth Fish Memorial Award from Keys Music Challenge 2021, and a first-place winner of the 2021 Steinway Competition. Ms. Tanya Swartzman
CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNERS, TEACHERS and ALL PARTICIPANTS in the 2021 STEINWAY SOCIETY PIANO COMPETITION! We applaud your dedication and your high level of performance! The JUDGES COMMENTS for this year’s competition will be sent out via email mid-July to ALL PARTICIPANTS. We are now in the process of planning the WINNERS CONCERT EVENTS starting this FALL.
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
Randall Hodgkinson achieved recognition as a winner of the International American Music Competition for pianists sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has appeared frequently as soloist and chamber music artist in festivals throughout the United States, and as a featured soloist with major orchestras including those of Philadelphia, Atlanta, Buffalo, the American Symphony, the Orchestra of Illinois and abroad in Italy, Japan and Iceland. His solo debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was presented in Boston, Philadelphia and in New York at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Hodgkinson studied at The Curtis Institute and the New England Conservatory. While a member of Boston Musica
THE 2021 FINAL ROUND OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE HELD LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 27 – DETAILS TBA. The judges would like to acknowledge and congratulate all the participants and their teachers in this year’s competition for their excellence and high level of performance. Here is the list of participants who have moved on to the Final Round of the Competition: DIVISION I 102 – Maggie Bai Student of Kanako Nishikawa 105 – Sophia Popescu Student of Tanya Schwartzman 106 – Kailin Zhang Student of Natalia Harlap 109 – Ethan Wei Student of Estelle Lin 110 – Luca Daptardar Student of Nilly Shilo 112 –
Lisa Cleveland Dr. Lisa Cleveland is currently the Assistant Director of Education at Indian Hill Music in Littleton, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the school in 2014, she served as the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at St. Anselm College, held teaching positions at UMass-Lowell and St. Paul’s School, and had maintained a private piano studio for over twenty years. Her students have received numerous awards for their performances and studies at the state and regional levels, and have pursued professional careers in music at the collegiate level. When she was actively performing, Dr. Cleveland appeared as a soloist both nationally and internationally including tours
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