Past Winners

Theodore Teng

2019 Steinway Society of Massachusetts Young Artist of the Year

Student of A. Ramon Rivera

Division 1 Winners

Adam Li

First Prize – Division I

Student of Gregg Pauley

Ziling Yin

Second Prize – Division I

Student of Yidan Guo

Eunha Basu

Third Prize – Division I

Student of Niva Fried

Grace Chen

Third Prize – Division I

Student of Hui Min Wang


Division 2 Winners

Henry Tushman

First Prize – Division II

Student of Sandra Hebert

Benjamin Shaar

Second Prize – Division II

Student of Nilly Shilo

Emily Zhou

Second Prize – Division II

Student of Niva Fried

Madeline Jiang

Honorable Mention – Division II

Student of Lu Lu

Norman Lu

Third Prize – Division II

Student of Dorothy Shi

Neil Nori

Honorable Mention – Division II

Student of Natalia Harlap

Roxane Park

Honorable Mention – Division II

Student of Mila Filatova


Division 3 Winners

Kyle Chen

Second Prize – Division III

Student of Niva Fried

James Kim

Second Prize – Division III

Student of Max Levinson

Logan Sherwin

Third Prize – Division III

Student of Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome

Yinuo Wang

Honorable Mention – Division III

Student of Ya-Fei Chuang

Elizabeth Zhang

Honorable Mention – Division III

Student of Natalia Harlap

Hyuntae Choi

Honorable Mention – Division III

Student of Heng-Jin Park

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. Natsuka Hayashida, student of Elizabeth Skavish
3. Selena Liu, student of Niva Fried
4. Bingye Ren, student of Rita Mikulinsky


Division 3 (Ages 14-18)

First Prize:  Niklas Kniesche, student of Jonathan Bass
Second Prize:  Kyle Chen, student of Niva Fried and Stephen Wang, student of Mila Filatova
Third Prize:  Meghan Tan, student of Natalia Harlap and Justin Gu, student of Niva Fried

Honorable mention:

Justin Veira, student of Jonathan Bass
Tomer Nuriyev, student of Tanya Schwartzman
Nathan Emans, student of Sergey Schepkin
James Kim, student of Max Levinson
Jane Hwang, student of Pavel Nersesiyan
Theodore Teng, student of A. Ramon Rivera
Justin Wang, student of Helena Vesterman
Shangyi Zhu, student of Jianyun Sun

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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: Niklas Kniesche, Avik Sarkar

Division 5 (Grades 11-12)

1st Prize: Kevin Chen

2nd Prize: Fernando J. Lopez, Amir Siraj

3rd Prize: George Hu

Division 1 (Grades 3-4)

1st Prize: Patrick Lu
2nd Prize: Annie Dai
3rd Prize: Natalie Yuan Zhang

Honorable Mention:

Ashley Xu
Christopher David Tillen
Christina Xi
Sara Tardif

Division 2 (Grades 5-6)

1st Prize: Maxine Park
2nd Prize: Justin Wang
3rd Prize (tie): Emily Huang  and Emily Tong Wang

Honorable Mention:

Michael P. Karshis
Jane Hwang

Division 3 (Grades 7-8)

1st Prize: Stephen Wang
2nd Prize: Shidong Xu
3rd Prize: Danika Dai

Honorable Mention:

Porter Alan Matteson
Charmaine Liu

Division 4 (Grades 9-10)

1st Prize: David Kotler
2nd Prize: Hexue Li
3rd Prize: Niklas Kniesche and Jacob Kline

Division 5 (Grades 11-12)

1st Prize: Wynne Yao
2nd Prize: George Hu and Isaac Sebenius
3rd Prize: Michelle Chen

Division 1 (Grades 3-4)

1st Prize: Katherine E. Liu (Wellesley, MA)
2nd Prize (tie): Michael P. Karshis (Foxboro, MA) and Jacqueline Zhang (Newton, MA)
3rd Prize: Justin Wang (Northborough, MA)

Division 2 (Grades 5-6)

1st Prize: George Kiu (Boston, MA)
2nd Prize (tie): Rubin Zou (Nashua, NH) and Danika S. Dai (Lexington, MA)
3rd Prize (tie): Kyle Chen (Groton, MA)
Christopher Zhu (Needham, MA)

Division 3 (Grades 7-8)

1st Prize: Avik Sarkar (Chestnut Hill, MA)
2nd Prize: Niklas Kniesche (Providence, RI)
3rd Prize: Sophie Chen (Shrewsbury, MA)

Division 4 (Grades 9-10)

1st Prize: Victor Li (Wayland, MA)
2nd Prize (tie): Kevin Chen (Andover, MA) and Yiming Li (Natick, MA)
3rd Prize (tie): Amir Siraj (Brookline, MA) and Amber Wolf (Newton, MA)

Division 5 (Grades 11-12)

1st Prize: Angelique Scully (Franklin, MA)
2nd Prize: Daniel Kim (Lexington, MA)
3rd Prize (tie): Anastasia Dulsky (Windham, NH) and Phuong Nghi Pham (Boston, MA)

Honorable Mentions (all divisions):

Natalie Yuan Zhang (Wayland, MA)
Emily Tong Wang (Newtonville, MA)
Allison Jodoin (Sandwich, MA)
Kenichiro Takeoka (Newton, MA)
Dylan Wang (Brookline, MA)
Jamin Liu (Newton, MA)
Shidong Xu (Brookline, MA)
Karen Ji (Bourne, MA)
Kara Chuang (Wayland, MA)
Michelle Chen (Acton, MA)
Hexue Li (Natick, MA)

Division 1

1st Prize: Meghan Tan
2nd Prize: Dylan Wang
3rd Prize: Julius Arolovich and Justin Wang
Honorable Mentions: George Kiu, Rin Miyoshi, Emilia Spasojevic, Steven Zhang

Division 2

1st Prize: Hannah Ryu and Avik Sarkar
2nd Prize: Christopher Zhu
3rd Prize: Fianna Ton
Honorable Mention: Kyle Chen

Division 3

1st Prize: Kevin Chen and Peter Wang
2nd Prize: Kara Chuang
3rd Prize: Lauren Jiang
Honorable Mentions: Niklas Kniesche, Anna Larsen, Karen R. Ji, Geo Lee

Division 4

1st Prize: Minji Kwon
2nd Prize: Bryan Alexander McGuiggin
3rd Prize: George Hu and Daniel Shaar

Division 5

1st Prize: Christopher Staknys
2nd Prize: Phuong Nghi Tran Pham
3rd Prize: Yong Murray and Harvey Wu

Congratulations to all for their hard work and excellence in the competition.

We would like to thank this year’s judges:
Divisions 1, 2 and 3: Valentina Lass, Marina Magazinnik and Heng-Jin Park
Divisions 4,5: Tema Blackstone, Michael Lewin and Andrew Rangell.

Division 1

1st place: Rubin Zou
2nd place: Avik Sarkar
3rd place: Hannah Ryu
Honorable Mention: Jamin Liu and Deanna Neff

Division 2

1st Place: Niklas Kniesche
2nd Place: Michelle Chen and Karen R. Ji
3rd Place: Amir Siraj and Anna Shi

Division 3

1st place: Peter (Chuang-Chuang) Fang
2nd place (Ex-aequo): Daniel Kim and Yoko Ellie Fukumura
3rd place (Ex-aequo): Vanessa Meiling Haynes and Phuong Nghi Pham

Congratulations to all for their hard work and llence in the competition.

We would like to thank this year’s judges Roxana Bajdechi, Boaz Sharon and Stephen Porter.

To clarify, only the First Prize winners from the previous years are prohibited from entering the subsequent year’s competition. So anyone awarded second, third, or honorable mention qualifies for the next year’s competition.

Division 1

1st place: Elizabeth Winslow Maimone
2nd place: Leon Fan
3rd place: Rubin Zhu
Honorable Mention: Kyle Chen, Amir Siraj, Elizabeth Zhang

Division 2

1st Place: TIE: Victor Li
Kevin Chen
2nd Place: TIE: Siddharth Arun
Daniel Shaar
3rd Place: Victor Zhang
Honorable Mention: Xuan Chau, Tiffany Lu, Kevin Sherman

Division 3

1st place: Luke Halberstadt—BACH
2nd place: Lana Suran—DUMKA
3rd place: TIE: Oliver Xie—SCARLATTI
Raagini Rameshwar—MOZART
Honorable Mention: Kevin Ren, Layla Siraj

First Division Winners (ages 9 and under):

1st place – Jessica Gao
2nd place – Simonida Spasojevic
3rd place – Ririko Uchida
Honorable Mentions: Leon Fan, Elizabeth Zhang, and Rubin Zou

Second Division Winners (ages10-12):

1st Place – Andrew Li
2nd Place – Yinian Tang
3rd Place (tie)- Kevin Zhu
3rd Place (tie) Kevin Chen
Honorable Mentions: Sarah Goodman, Kevin Ren, Amir Siraj.

Third Division Winners (ages 13-18):

1st Place- Chi Wei Lo
2nd Place (tie)- Mackenzie Melemed
2nd Place (tie)- Eun Mee Hong
3rd Place- Yong Murray
Honorable Mentions: Eric Zhang, Matthew Wu, Winston Huang, Henry Zavriyen.

Division 4 Winners

1st Prize – Not Awarded
2nd Place – Marion Scott
3rd Prize – Not Awarded

First Division Winners (ages 9 and under):

1st Prize: Andrew Li

2nd Prize: (split) Amir Siraj

2nd Prize: (split) Kara Chuang

3rd Prize: Anna Larsen

Honorable Mention: Kevin Chen

Second Division Winners (ages10-12):

1st Prize: (split) Kadar Qian

1st Prize: (split) Seho Young

2nd Prize: Christopher Staknys

3rd Prize: Daniel Kim

Honorable Mention: Kevin Zhu, Victor Li, Derek Wang

Third Division Winners (ages 13-18):

1st Prize: Emma Liu

2nd Prize: Mackenzie Melemed

3rd Prize: Tristan Smith

Honorable Mention: Elias Dagher, Kayo Nagai, Winston Huang, Liang-Shun Lim, Silas Chan

1st Prize: Joshua Curtis, from West Hatfield, MA, attends Smith Academy and Studies with Jonathan Bass at the New England Conservatory.

2nd Prize: Wei Liang Kung, from Natick, MA, attends Walnut Hill School and studies with Natalia Harlap at the New England Conservatory.

3rd Prize: Ariel Borenzstein, from Lexington, MA, attends Lexington High School and has been accepted to every college he has applied to for music including Harvard, Yale, and Oberlin.

Honorable Mention: Jeremy You, Jeffrey You, brothers from Newton, MA.

Honorable Mention: Henry Zavriyev, 8th grader from Swampscott, MA.

2nd Division Winners (ages 19-35):

1st Prize: Oleksandr Poliykov, born in Kiev Ukraine in 1988, resides in Boston, MA. Studies with Michael Lewin at the the Boston Conservatory. Has performed with many orchestras in Europe, won Grand Prize in a piano competition in Lonigo Italy in 2005, 3rd prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Compeitition in Ukraine (2007).

2nd Prize: Yelena Beriyeva, from Georgia in the former Soviet Union, resides in Boston, MA. First appeared with orchestra in Georgia at age 5. Performed in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Russia and the US with major symphonies. Has a masters of Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Alexander Korsantia.

3rd Prize (tie): Jai Won Choi, lives in Boston, MA, studies at the New England Conservatory.

3rd Prize (tie): Andrei Baumann, lives in Boston, studies at the New England Conservatory.