Tempe, Arizona (December 12, 2016) — Forty-three exceptional pianists from around the world will converge on Tempe early next month when Arizona State University School of Music hosts the eighth Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition.
Scheduled to be held January 2-8 at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in collaboration with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Young Artist Committee and the Arizona Piano Gallery, the competition is hailed as one of the best in the world and welcomes the public to experience great performances by these talented young artists.
A total of 183 pianists from 23 countries applied to the 2017 competition, with 43 selected to perform in the semi-final and final rounds for prizes including more than $50,000 in cash rewards, engagements with the Phoenix Symphony and a recital in Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center, New York.
“These competitors represent the top young pianists from some of the world’s greatest music schools and teachers, including The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Moscow Conservatory, Seoul National University, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Northwestern University, as well as Arizona State University,” said Baruch Meir, founder, president and artistic director of the competition, as well a Bösendorfer Concert Artist. “We invite our community to experience these outstanding pianists at a top-tier competition.”
The competition will include a Q&A session in ASU’s Katzin Hall on January 7, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., where the audience can interact with members of the jury, which includes Stanislav Ioudenitch, Van Cliburn gold medalist; Oxana Yablonskaya, who served on the faculty at The Juilliard School for 30 years; Dr. Asaf Zohar, Israeli pianist and pedagogue; Zhe Tang, vice dean and piano professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Robert Hamilton, internationally respected pianist, recording artist and ASU professor, and Baruch Meir from the ASU School of Music.
All solo performances of the Bösendorfer Competition (ages 19-32) will be held at the School of Music at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, January 2–7, 2017. The final round will be held at the Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, January 8 beginning at 7 p.m., with finalists showcased playing a concerto with The Phoenix Symphony under the baton of Matthew Kasper. The announcement of winners and the presentation of medals will immediately follow onstage after the performance. Tickets can be purchased through the Phoenix Symphony Box Office.
The semi-final and final rounds for the Yamaha Senior and Junior competition will take place on January 4–7 in Katzin Hall at Arizona State University School of Music. These rounds are free and open to the public. The winners’ recital and awards ceremony will take place on January 7 at 7 p.m. in Katzin Hall. Tickets for all Yamaha and Bösendorfer live solo performances can be purchased through the Herberger Institute Box Office.