Sixteen Year Old Pianist Winsthe 4th Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition 2018

Sixteen year old Gregory Cheong washailed the grand prize winner of the 4th Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition. He topped 15 other finalists aged between 8 to 17 years old at the competition held at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Gregory will represent the Philippines at the Steinway Regional Finals in Taiwan this coming August.

Cheong, who performed pieces by J. Haydn, C. Debussy, and F. Chopin, also took home the top prize for Category 3 (ages 15 to 17). The winners for Category 1, ages 11 and below, are: Selina Go (1st place), Angelmay Tsai (1st runner up), andWilliam Matthew Lim (2nd runner-up); for Category 2, ages 12 to 14: Athena Justina Elizaga (1st place),Nathan Go (1st runner up), Catherine Li (2nd runner-up), and Sophia DomiqueSumolong (imagin.Asia representative); and for Category 3, ages 15 to 17: Irene Jasmine Lee (1st runner up) and Andrea Bernadette Verzosa (2nd runner-up).

The Grand Finals was adjudicated by Steinway Artists Professor Benjamin Loh (Singapore) and Professor Eleanor Wong (Hong Kong), as well as Professor Albert Tiu who is a renowned Filipino pianist based in Singapore.

Brand Manager of Steinway Boutique Manila, May Yao says, “We saw wonderful performances from each contestant! It was clear that they all put their hearts and souls into the pieces that they played, and it was a treat seeing how they interpreted such timeless, beautiful compositions. We are very excited to have Gregory represent Philippines at the Regional Finals in Taiwan in August. I would also like to congratulate the winners from each category who have dedicated their time and efforts to prepare for the Grand Finals.”

The Steinway Youth Piano Competition is an important biennial event organized by Steinway & Sons to identify, encourage, and promote young pianists in the formative stages of their careers. The winner will represent Philippines in the regional round, joining seven other finalists from Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand who will compete to represent these Southeast Asian nations in the International Steinway Festival in Hamburg, Germany in September this year.

Chairlady of Steinway Youth Piano Competition, Celine Goh says,“The Steinway Youth Piano Competitionis a holistic approach to the art of piano playing and it is a platform for young budding musicians to get together, foster friendship and the joy of making music. There is of course a competition pressure but the real reward is to be part of it, and to be part of a big family of young people who loves to play the piano.”

4th Steinway Youth Piano Competition Ticket Sales

We are pleased to announce the 4th Steinway Youth Piano Competition is open for ticket sales. The competition will be held at Carlo P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City on 30 June 2018.

The Steinway Youth Piano Competition is a biennial event that envisions to identify, encourage and promote young pianists in the formative stages of their careers. We have gathered a strong talented pool of young pianist that are 17 years old and under. The contestants will be competing for a spot to represent the Philippines in the Regional Finals in Taiwan on August 2018.

Ticket Price: P200 per Category Entry, P400 for All Day Pass (All 3 Categories)

Category 1: 11 years old and under

Category 2: 12-14 years old

Category 3: 15-17 years old

To purchase your ticket, please visit our boutique at Shangri- La Plaza East Wing or email us at info@steinway-boutique.com.ph. There are limited seats!

4th Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition

Event Overview

In 2014 and 2016, Steinway Boutique Manila organized the Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition that gathered young Filipino pianists under the age of 18 from different regions of the country, for a unique opportunity to develop and nurture their craft on an international level. In 2018, Steinway Boutique Manila will once again organize the 4th Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition that will be held in the second quarter of 2018.

The grand prize winner of the competition will become the representative of the Philippines to the Steinway Regional Finals, to compete for a coveted spot at the International Steinway Festival in Hamburg, Germany.

THE INTERNATIONAL STEINWAY FESTIVAL

Steinway competitions throughout the world are a part of the International Steinway Festival created in 1987.  This international celebration of music is now being held every two years in Hamburg, Germany. The festival was envisioned to identify, encourage, and promote young pianists in the formative stages of their careers.

In Asia, various countries including the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam will be running national level competitions to determine their respective representatives to the event.

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Preliminary Guidelines

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

  • Participants must present 3 contrasting selections totaling a maximum playing time of 20 minutes.
  • Repertoire must include the first movement of a Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi or Schubert.
  • All pertinent program details (Composer, Work, Key, Op., No., Hob., K. designations) for each movement of the work intended for performance must be listed.
  • No concerti or transcriptions are allowed.
  • Participants are required to perform the exact same repertoire for further stages of the competition.

AGE CATEGORIES

Category 1: Age 11 & Below

Category 2: Ages 12 to 14

Category 3: Ages 15 to 17

Download Application

Register your interest by emailing info@steinway-boutique.com.ph. You will then be contacted for updates regarding the 2018 Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition.

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