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2020 West Virginia International Piano Competition and Festival

The West Virginia International Piano Competition and Festival has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Due to the potential spread of the coronavirus, West Virginia University has canceled all in-person events. Classes are suspended from March 23-27 and will move to online class instruction starting March 30. As a result, the 2020 West Virginia International Piano Competition and Festival has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that everyone remains healthy and safe. We look forward to the 2021 Competition and hearing from you next year.

The School of Music at West Virginia University invites talented classical pianists to join the 10th West Virginia International Piano Competition and Festival. Contestants will compete for $10,000 in prize awards; top winners will also receive concert engagements for 2020-2021.


This exciting event features Junior and Young Artist competitions, a guest-artist recital by award winning pianist, Spencer Myer and lessons with WVU’s piano faculty members  Dr. Peter Amstutz, Dr. Ching-Wen Hsiao, or Dr. Lucy Mauro.


The distinguished jury members are  Yoheved KaplinskyRobert Shannon,and  Spencer Myer. Prize winners will have the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert Shannon. All events are open to the public with free admission.

Announcing the 2020 semifinalists

Young Artist Division

Joseph Vaz (USA)

Haozhou Wang (China)

Shichao Zhang (China)

Wanting Zhao (China)

Alvise Pascucci (Italy)

Tyler Ramos (USA)

Zihao Wu (China)

Nathan Ben-Yehuda (USA)

Nathan Cheung (USA) 

Philip Solomonick (Israel)

Benjamin Hopkins (USA)

Daria Kiseleva (Russia)

Junior Division

Alex Chen (USA)

Yinuo Lu (China)

Mi-Hyun Suh (USA)

Angelina Ning (USA)

Carey Byron (USA)

Christian Chiu (USA)

Sophia Kim (USA)

Ethan Hsiao (USA)

Karina Tseng (USA)

Maxine Park (USA)

April Lee (USA)

Christopher Yao (USA)