CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE STEINWAY SOCIETY OF MASSACHUSETTS 2022 PIANO COMPETITION It gives us great pleasure to announce this year’s WINNERS of the 2022 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. Division III First Place Yixiu Lin Student of Matti Raekallio ___ Second Place Nathaniel Su Student of Niva Fried ___ Third Place Christopher Tillen Student of Erin Lindsey ___ Honorable Mention Evan Huang Student of Mila Filatova Division II First Place Adalia Wen
RASA VITKAUSKAITE FANEUF Internationally acclaimed, multiple prize-winning Lithuanian pianist RASA VITKAUSKAITE FANEUF has been hailed for “artistry of poetic and observant sensitivity” (Gramophone) and dubbed as “a Beethoven interpreter of penetrating insight” (Fanfare). She is quickly establishing herself as one of the leading recording artists of her generation. Her latest CD including Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D Minor and Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C Minor was praised as comparable to Rudolf Serkin and the New York Philharmonic. Rasa has performed in over 30 countries and was recently named the Steinway Artist. She released her debut solo CD Reflections on Ongaku Records in 2014, featuring works by Beethoven, Ravel, Guastavino and Liebermann. Fanfare highlighted the
THE 2022 FINAL ROUND OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE HELD LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 12 at M. Steinert & Sons Newton 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 101 – Amy Ren Student of David Hovanes 102 – Kingsley Chen Student of Victor Rosenbaum 104 – Ethan Wei Student of Estelle Lin 105 – Yueqi Lao Student of Simon Xu 106 – Nicole Akhunova Student of Galina
ISABELLA LI Isabella Li has been a faculty member of the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School since 1997. Many of her students have won awards and competitions throughout the years, including New England Piano Teachers’ Association (NEPTA) Middle and High School Piano Competition, the Young Artist Competition in New York City, International Paderewski Piano Competition in CT, Concerto Competition at New England Conservatory of Music, MTNA Piano Competition MA and Steinway Junior Piano Competition. Isabella started Musicale in 2020, an online Musicale community that is committed to bring top-rate, insightful, and practical learning resources to both teachers and students. Musicale created a platform that enables
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
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. Video Overview of Recording Process Tips for recording: Only one camera angle and position please. Clean the camera lens and orient the camera in landscape mode. Position the camera so that the performer is in clear view – including feet/pedals, and so that the entire length of the piano is visible. If using a separate microphone and synchronizing audio/video in post-production, make sure that the audio track is aligned with the video correctly.
This Competition represents our commitment to the pursuit of superior artistic expression through piano performance! COMPETITION INFORMATION Registration is open from February 15th, 2022 and continue through May 15th, 2022. Deadline for video recording submission is May 24th, 2022. See a video overview of the registration process The Competition will consist of three divisions as follows: Division I: Ages 10 and under Division II: Ages 11-14 Division III: Ages 15-18 Preliminary Round : ALL participants will submit a video via YouTube for adjudication. Instructions on video format and submission TBA. Final Round: ALL Finalists will perform LIVE at the Final Round of the Competition
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