Announcement – 2014 Russian Piano Competition/Festival

Dear teachers and performers,

Welcome to the Seventh Annual Piano and Chamber Music Festival Competition on December 12th, 13th, and 14th, hosted by the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle.  Our competition grows yearly, giving more students opportunities to perform in venues in the Seattle area and beyond. Last year’s winners performed at the “Keyboard Wizards” winners’ concert at Sherman Clay Pianos, a pre-concert recital at Benaroya Hall, live on Classical King FM’s Northwest Focus, and in a unique performance with a collaboration with the Emerald City Ballet also at Benaroya Hall.

This year’s winners will perform at the “Keyboard Wizards” concert at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Select winners will perform at the pre-concert recital at Benaroya Hall, and live on Classical King FM.

*First prize winners from last year (2013) are not eligible to win in the same category, but are encouraged to compete in a different category and with different repertoire.

Competition fees include two adult tickets and a performer ticket to our Festival Artist solo piano recital, which will be on Friday, December 12th at the Frye Art Museum. The competition will be held all day, Saturday, December 13th. The winners concert will be held on Sunday, December 14th at 6:00 p.m.

Adjudicators from this year’s competition will select winners from the categories listed below:

***Please note the new category divisions***

Solo:

Group A – up to 7 years (up to 4 minutes) – Fee $60

Group B – 8-10 years (up to 5 minutes) – Fee $65

Group C – 11-12 years (up to 7 minutes) – Fee $70

Group D – 13-15 years (up to 7 minutes) – Fee $75

Group E – 16-18 years (up to 10 minutes) – Fee $80

Group F – 19-26 years (up to 13 minutes) – Fee $85

Group G – 27 years and older (up to 13 minutes) Fee $85

Ensemble:

Group H – Concerto (pre-college students up to age 18) – Fee $80 Group I – Chamber Music (all ages) – Fees $80 per member

All repertoire must be composed by Russian or Soviet composers.

For additional information, please see the official competition rules at www.russianchambermusic.org. Please contact Chelsea Bloomberg, Competition Director, with questions: cbloomberg@russianchambermusic.org or 425-344-1342.