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9th West Virginia International Piano Competition and Festival

The School of Music at West Virginia University invites talented classical and jazz pianists to join the 2019 West Virginia International Piano Competition and Festival. Contestants will compete for more than $10,000 in prize awards; top winners will also receive concert engagements for 2019-2020. This exciting event features classical and jazz piano competitions, lessons with WVU piano faculty artists, and a guest-artist recital and master classes presented by internationally renowned competition adjudicators. Featured classical judges this year are Yong-Hi Moon, Jose Ramon Mendez, and Sean Chen. All Festival events, including competitions, are free and open to the public.

2019 Prize Winners

Junior Division

First Prize: Raymond Feng (U.S.A.)

Second Prize: Hyeonuk Park (Korea)

Third Prize: Hans-Derek Yu (U.S.A.)

Young Artists Division

First Prize (Christine Bane Kefferstan Prize): Zhiye Lin (China)

Second: Ning Zhou (China)

Third Prize: Baolong Zhang (China)

2019 Semifinalists



The West Virginia International Piano Competition and Festival welcomes pianists of all nationalities.


Applicants for the classical  Young Artist Category must be between ages 18-36 by the first day of the competition, March 22, 2019. Applicants older than age 36, but currently enrolled as students in conservatories or universities, may also be considered for this category.


Applicants for the classical  Junior Category must be between ages 13-17 by the first day of the competition, March 22, 2019.

All contestants must submit an official document that verifies their date of birth; photocopies and scans are permitted for this purpose.

Competition Rules and Regulations

All classical contestants must attend opening ceremonies to draw lots that determine order of performance in the competition. Classical contestants in the Junior Category draw lots on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 8:00 p.m., while Classical Young Artists contestants draw lots on Friday, March 22, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. Both lot-drawing ceremonies will take place in the Main Lobby of WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

All classical contestants must also attend the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. All winners in each category of the competition must perform as part of the Closing Ceremony.

The competition will provide official accompanists for the concerto round of the classical Young Artists competition. Competitors may choose to bring their own accompanists.

Semifinalists: 12 Junior Category contestants and 15 Young Artist Category contestants will be selected on basis of the pre-screening recordings to compete in Morgantown at the live semifinal round of the Festival.


Finalists: Three finalists will be selected from each category. All prize winners must perform at the Awards Ceremony.


Festival (Masterclasses, Guest Artists Recital, and Lessons with WVU Piano Faculty)

Competition winners in each category will have the opportunity to perform in a masterclass with one of the judges.


All participants will have the opportunity to attend all masterclasses and the guest artist recital.


As part of the Festival experience, each competitor also receives an individual lesson with one of WVU’s distinguished piano faculty members:  Dr. Peter Amstutz, Dr. Lucy Mauro, or Dr. Ching-Wen Hsiao.