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.
Judge: Thomas Hecht
Judge: Louis Goldstein
Judge: Dmitri Shteinberg
Judge: Michael Chertock
Nathan Ryland (1st place tie)
Kathryn Westerlund (1st place tie)
Yuet Ka Hui
Judge: William Ransom
Judge: Dr. David Northington
Judge: Min Kwon
Judge: Roberta Rust
Judge: Evgeny Rivkin
Judge: Bradford Gowen