Competitions

Competitions are a large part of the classical piano world. Whether they are always indicators for who will be the next Horowitz or Richter, is a matter of debate. However, competitions do play an important role in encouraging quality of piano performance. This section highlights the news from competitions, the results and the impact of competitions on pianists.

New Rubinstein Youth Piano Competition Starts in Beijing

You may be one of those people who think that we have too many piano competitions...or you may believe that we don't have enough. Either way, there's a new competition starting - this time in Beijing with young competitors(who all have to be under 18 years old at the...

Azerbaijan: Have a look at the Chopin Competition

Chopin's music and legacy are powerful. And The Frederic Chopin International Competition of young pianists brought together 50 musicians from 11 countries. The international jury chaired by Professor Peep Lassmann, included Professor Pavel Kaminski (Poland), Teppo...

Tragedy for Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko

We are horrified by the news of the murders of his two children and stabbing of his estranged wife. Nika and Michela Kholodenko, the young daughters of the Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, have been found dead at their home in Benbrook, Texas. Their mother, Sofia...

Olga Kern Creates New Competition in New Mexico

New Mexico is gearing up for a new piano competition established by Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern. Kern, a co-winner with Stanislav Ioudenitch, is basing her namesake competition on the benefits provided to her by the Cliburn. The inaugural Olga Kern International...

11-Year-Old Wins “Piano Hero” Contest

After receiving 215 submissions for the title of top amateur classical pianist, CBC Music has chosen young JJ Bui as Canada's Piano Hero! We're happy to announce the winner of Piano Hero 2016, CBC Music's search for Canada's favourite amateur classical pianist. After...

UPDATE: 2015 Chopin Winner

It's been several months since Cho Seong-jin won the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. What's he been up to? SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) -- Cho Seong-jin, the first South Korean to win the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition, said Monday the top...

The Race is On…

...for the next Piano Hero, Canada's classical pianist competition! Here are some of the contenders: SHILO - Capt. Victor Pak, currently posted at CFB Shilo, is competing for the title of Piano Hero, a nationwide contest through CBC Music and ICI Musique. Online...

Duos compete at The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor is a different type of piano competition. Held in Colorado Springs January 8-10, the competition includes pianists performing as duos of all ages. This piano competition isn't just about music - it's also about bringing together children and adults from...

Canada’s Got (Amateur Piano) Talent!

How long have we endured those reality shows focused on dancing and singing? Where's the focus on classical piano?! Well, apparently Canada does just that. While the name could use an adjustment (Piano Hero...is that a sandwich?), it's a refreshing change, don't you...