Sixth Adult Amateur Competition
Yun Liang, Gold Medal
E. Carol Dales, Silver Medal
Tony Tran, Bronze Medal
Congratulations to our medalists and all our participants!
See below for photos from this wonderful event!
Schedule of Events
The competition took place on Saturday, October 25 at Houston Piano Company, 1600 W. 13th Street, Houston TX, 77008. The event began at noon and finished 7:00.
Non-Competitive Category (12:00 to 2:00)
James Willsey, James Chase, James Pinkerton, Brad Sumner, Mari Ito, John Slaby, Grace Huang
Non-competitors will play in this order (oldest to youngest).
Competitive Category (2:30 to 3:30)
The order of the competitors will be determined by lot. The lots will be drawn 2:15PM. So please, ALL COMPETITORS MUST APPEAR AT HOUSTON PIANO COMPANY AT 2:00PM. Lots will be drawn at this time and the first competitor will be allowed to warm up for 10 minutes. Each competitor will then be given 10 minutes of warmup prior to their performance.
Master Classes (4:00 to 7:00)
Mari Ito, Grace Huang (with Andrey Ponochevny)
E. Carol Dales, Brad Sumner (with Andrew Parr)
General information and rules
Sixth Chopin Competition for Adult Amateur Pianists, organized by Chopin Society of Houston, will be take place Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Houston Piano Company in Houston, Texas. Master classes will be offered on the following day, Sunday, October 26.These events are open to all adult amateur pianists, born before September 1, 1987, who make their living from sources other than playing or teaching piano, do not hold any degree in piano performance or piano pedagogy, and study piano as a hobby.
There are two categories for participation: Competitive, which are judged and awarded prizes, and Non-competitive. Participants in both categories will receive written comments from the judges as well as a Diploma of Recognition.
Recital participants are invited to perform a selection of one longer or several shorter contrasting compositions of Chopin up to the time limit of 15 minutes. Participants are NOT required to perform works from memory and may use original sheet music. There is no repertoire requirement. Participants will receive written comments from the judges as well as a Diploma of Recognition.
Applicants in the Competitive category are required to enter a Preliminary round prior to the main event by submitting a DVD of the complete performance WITH THEIR APPLICATION. The applicants name should appear on the outside of the tape or DVD, but no titles or names should appear on the recording. Individual pieces may be recorded separately but no editing of individual pieces is allowed.
Successful candidates in the Competitive category will be promptly informed of their acceptance to the Final round by email. The results will also be posted on our Website. Candidates not passed to the Final round may be invited to play in the Non-competitive category.
Participants in the Competitive category are required to bring their music (preferably with measures numbered). They will be judged by a panel of outstanding musicians. Written comments from the judges will be available following the competition.
Competitive Category Repertoire Requirements
Competition participants are required to perform any one Mazurka by Chopin.
In addition, a selection of one or several contrasting compositions of Fryderyk Chopin up to the time limit of 15 minutes (including the required Mazurka). One larger work, such as a Ballade or Scherzo, may be submitted and performed along with the required piece, even if it exceeds the time limit. All works must be performed by memory.
Competitive Category Awards
Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals and Honorable Mentions.
The judges’ decisions will be final.
Master classes will be offered on Sunday, October 26 to those who are participating in the Competition (Competitive or Non-competitive categories). Participants must select a composition by Chopin for instruction. Please indicate preferred Master Class Presenter on the application form. Preferences will be filled in order of receipt of the applications.