Four Pre-College Pianists Win Awards in 3rd Annual Hayes School of Music Piano Competition
The Hayes School of Music Piano Competition concluded on Saturday, May 21 with a final round of competition and the Winners’ Concert. Eight finalists competed for cash prizes and Cannon Music Camp scholarships. This is the third occurrence of the annual competition, which is open to 8th-12th grade pianists nationwide.
The winners of the 2022 HSOM Piano Competition were:
First Prize, $1,500: Brandon Luo (Teacher: Florence Ko)
Second Prize (tie), $1000 and Special Prize (best performance of an under-represented composer’s work), $1000: Zhanshuo Zhang (Teacher: Lisa Won Jung Kiser)
Second Prize (tie), $1000: Olivia Li (Teacher: Florence Ko)
Third Prize, $750: Shweta Shah (Teacher: Edward Robie)
The HSoM Piano Competition is particularly proud to award a special $1,000 prize for the best performance of a work by an under-represented composer, one of the first competitions for pre-college pianists to do so in the U.S.
The competition is organized by Laura Chu Stokes and is sponsored by Lucy Chu and Adrienne Finkel.
The judges for the live Finalists Round were Kimberly Cann, Dean James Douthit and Dr. Rodney Reynerson. The judges for the video Preliminary Round were Dr. Hiu-wah Au, Dr. Junie Cho and Dr. Susan Slingland.
Interested middle and high school pianists are invited to bookmark the Hayes School of Music Piano Competition page and enter the next competition in Spring 2023!