Division III : Second Place – Michael Karshis Student of Tanya Schwartzman Michael Karshis is a 16-year-old piano student of Ms. Tanya Schwartzman at Sharon Music Academy. He is currently a Junior at Xaverian Brothers High School with a trustee scholarship and is a piano tutor and assistant at Sharon Music Academy. Mr. Karshis has performed in the Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Hall as the first place winner of the 33rd International Young Artist Competition, Puerto Rico. He has performed at the Kurozwęki Palace in Poland, and in Carnegie Hall in New York City. He is a 2nd place winner of the 2020 NewRead More →

Division II : Second Place – Sara Tardif Student of HuiMin Wang Sara Tardif, a 15 year old 10th grader at Braintree High School, began studying piano at the age 5 under Ms. Julia Bernstein at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.  Since the Fall of last year, she entered Ms. HuiMin Wang’s studio at the South Shore Conservatory. As a young, accomplished pianist, Sara has won multiple 1st prizes in the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association’s Bay State Competition.  She was the 2nd prize winner in the 29th International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, DC. In 2015, Sara received the First Degree Certificate in VIIIRead More →

Division I: Second Place – Masanobu Pires Student of Bianca Oglice Masanobu Pires is from Sharon, Massachusetts. He is 9 years old and a fourth grade student at East Elementary School in Sharon, MA. He began playing piano at age. He enrolled in New England Conservatory (NEC) Preparatory School in September 2019. He currently studies with Bianca Oglice. In February 2020, he participated in the Eleanor B. Nelson Concerto Competition (Quincy, Massachusetts) with a Bach F minor Concerto and received an Honorable Mention. In October 2020, he participated StayHome International Piano Competition and won the second place. Outside of piano, Masa is an active hikerRead More →

Division III: Third Place – Meghan Tan Student of Natalia Harlap Meghan Tan is a 17 year old from Westford, Massachusetts. She is a senior at Westford Academy. She studies the piano with Mrs. Natalia Harlap. Meghan has won prizes at competitions for both concertos and solo piano. She was a finalist in the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Concerto Competition and has most recently received awards in the MMTA Bay State, NEPTA, and Steinway Competitions. Read More →

Division II: Third Place – Norman Lu Student of Dorothy Shi and Simon Xu Norman Lu, age 12, currently a 7th grader at Oak Hill Middle School in Newton MA, began studying piano at the age of 4. It has been said that “Norman expresses natural musical talent’ and ‘demonstrates a great sense of musical feelings.”  Norman has won numerous awards including the Grand Prix of the 2020 XI Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT, and prizes from Koffman NYC, William Knabe Concerto Baltimore, Radda Rise International Piano Competition, Steinway Piano Competition, and the MMTA. Norman has given public performances in venues such as New York’sRead More →

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 ofRead More →

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/competitionRead More →

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE STEINWAY SOCIETY OF MASSACHUSETTS 2020 VIRTUAL COMPETITION It gives us great pleasure to announce this year’s WINNERS of the 2020 Steinway Society Piano Competition!! Congratulations to all the winners 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 – Dr. Lisa Cleveland, Professor Michael Kramer and Professor Konstantinos Papadakis. Division III ages 15 to 18 First Place – Maxine ParkStudent of Mila Filatova & Alexander Korsantia Second Place – Michael KarshisStudent of Tanya Schwartzman Third Place – Gaeun LeeStudent of NivaRead More →

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 toursRead More →