Piano Competition

The BMC Piano Competition is sponsored by the Zimmerli Foundation. The competition is cancelled for Summer 2021. Please see our COVID-19 Resources page for more information about our campus activities.


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:

  • 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.
  • In the final round, each finalist performs a twenty-minute program drawn from the competitor's repertoire list. Winners are announced at the end of the concert.


Winners will receive cash prizes. 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. Previous first prize winners are not eligible to enter again.

Past Winners


James Berger

Austin Kwan

Megan Angriawan

Maxwell Hinton

Max Lin

Judge: Thomas Hecht


Yi-Yang Chen

Yifei Xu

Olivier Rabu

Boris Uzunov

Christopher Wright

Judge: Louis Goldstein


Colin McDearman

Yoshino Toi

Joana Gonzalez

Xuan He

Vikki Chen

Judge: Dmitri Shteinberg


Kevin Madison

Yehong Shi

Jacob Wang

Stefan Weiler

Shanshan Xie

Judge: Michael Chertock


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