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Piano Competition

The BMC Piano Competition, sponsored by the Zimmerli Foundation, occurs in the second half of the BMC summer season and is open to all full-session pianists.


Applications for the BMC Piano Competition are available after arrival at the Music Center.

Students compete with a solo program of their choice, lasting 30 to 40 minutes and containing repertoire chosen from at least three style periods. Repertoire must be approved by BMC piano faculty. Because of the format of the competition, potential competitors are encouraged to perform shorter works. Single movements from multi-movement works, e.g., sonatas, are allowed.

The competition occurs in two rounds, during the fifth week of the season:

  • In the preliminary round competitors perform approximately 15 minutes. Competitors select the first piece; a judge may ask for any other piece from the competitor's repertoire list. The preliminary round is closed to the public.
  • The final round occurs on the stage of the Porter Center and is open to the public. Each of five finalists performs a twenty-minute program drawn from the competitor's repertoire list. Winners are announced at the end of the concert.


There are five cash prizes: $3000, $2000, $1000, and two awards of $500. The winner receives a full scholarship and the second and third place contestants receive half-scholarships to the Brevard Music Center for the following year.

Should no finalist come from the High School division, the high school student who places highest in the preliminary round will receive a cash prize of $500.

Past Winners


Nathan Ryland (1st place tie)

Kathryn Westerlund (1st place tie)

David Yu

Yuet Ka Hui

Noah Sonderling

Judge: William Ransom


Ying Li

Nathan Ryland

David Yu

Ellen Pavliska

John Schindler

Judge: Dr. David Northington


Kunal Lahiry

Michael Lenahan

Dongni Xie

Pierre Desangles

Chi Zhang

Judge: Min Kwon


Sarah Chang

Tong Wang

Michael Lenahan

Corinne Penner

Conner Mautner

Judge: Roberta Rust


Vijay Venkatesh

Michael Lenahan

Joseph Kingma

Jonathan Keener

Hilary Lee

Judge: Evgeny Rivkin


Sam Gingher

Joseph Kingma

Peter Oehrtman

Curtis Smith

Jonathan Keener

Judge: Bradford Gowen


Esther Shin

Xiao Wang

Dan Sato

Curtis Smith

Nicholas Reynolds

Judge: Evelyn Chen


Sun Min Kim

Kevin Hobbs

Kunal Lahiry

Mieun Lee

Natasa Stojanovska

Judge: Charles Fugo


Sofia Chaves Hernández

Theodora Carson

Francis Yun

Mieun Lee

John Wilson

Judge: David Witten


Katherine Murray

Marion Scott

Daniel Paul Francis

Stephanie Titus

Sonya Sweeney

Judge: John Roberts