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.
- 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.
Category 1: Age 11 & Below
Category 2: Ages 12 to 14
Category 3: Ages 15 to 17
Register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be contacted for updates regarding the 2018 Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition.
“A Steinway piano is the epitome of perfection. It’s the best means of expressing the masterpiece of the great masters. It is truly without a doubt the best instrument ever built.”
– Victor Santiago Asuncion
On September 20, 2014, as a part of his weekend visit to the Philippines, Filipino Steinway Artist Victor Asuncion conducted a masterclass at the Steinway Boutique Manila. Three outstanding young pianists were chosen to participate: Danica Mae Antazo, Jet Stephen Chong, and Gabriel Allan “Gabby” Paguirigan.
“A Steinway is a Steinway and there is nothing like it in the world.” – Arthur Rubinstein, Steinway Artist
MANILA, 3 October 2014 – Steinway & Sons, the brand known for building the world’s finest pianos, has finally found its new home in the Philippines. Founded in 1853 by Henry Steinway in Hamburg, Germany, Steinway & Sons’ mission to “build the best piano possible” remains true to this day as the brand is synonymous with quality that surpasses the expectations of even the most demanding pianists. Through the partnership of Lucerne and C. Melchers GmbH & Co., both luxury brand purveyors, Steinway Boutique Manila opens its doors as the first exclusive dealer of Steinway pianos in the country.
MANILA (March 18, 2015) – On August 11, internationally acclaimed South Korean Steinway Artist Yoonjung “Yoonie” Han spent the last afternoon of her short visit in the Philippines conducting a masterclass at the Steinway Boutique Manila, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati. “I love working with talents,” Yoonie expressed, “and hope to share with them not only musical or technical aspects, but personal experiences as well.”
Three accomplished young pianists participated in her two-hour masterclass: Lorenzo B. Medel was first and presented Chaconne in D Minor BWV 1004 (Bach-Busoni), Anne Marie A. Caldoza followed with Jeux d’eau (Ravel), and Laarni Dawn R. Ilan with Polichinelle, Op. 3 No. 4 (Rachmaninoff). Yoonie guided the participants as they performed their chosen piano pieces —from the background of the pieces to their successful interpretation. She engaged not only the participants but also the audience as she shared the stories behind the music, their intricacies, and depth. As piano pedagogue Cecile Basilio-Roxas commented, “The masterclass was a great learning experience.”
17 July 2014, Manila — Another Filipino to compete in the international scene — Nathan John Torento, a student of Chinese International School Manila will represent the Philippines in the 2nd Steinway Regional Finals Asia Pacific 2014 which will be held in Singapore on 26 July 2014.
Edith Dychiao, General Manager of Steinway Boutique Manila, said “We, at Steinway Boutique Manila, are proud to have our Filipino youth compete internationally. Let us support him as he goes on his quest to show our neighbours what we can share in terms of musical artistry. Let us hope to have a future international artist in the person of John Torento.”