Inaugural Olga Kern International Piano Competition

The inaugural Olga Kern International Piano Competition launches in Albuquerque, New Mexico November 13-30, 2016. Chosen from more than 100 applications, 24 contestants will compete in front of eight international jury members for a total of $30,000 in cash prizes in addition to international concert engagements and a professional recording.

Over the past summer, the selection panel listened to very talented pianists from all over the world and selected the following 24 participants representing 15 countries for the week-long competition:

Nino Bakradze, Georgia
Sung Chang, Korea
Guang Chen, China
Junhui Chen, China
Willem de Beer, South Africa
Anna Dmytrenko, Ukraine (US)
Mehdi Ghazi, Canada
Shino Hidaka, Japan
Kyohei Imaizumi, Japan
Elizaveta Ivanova, Russia
Richard Octaviano Kogima, Brasil
Seong-Hyeon Leem, South Korea
Steven Massicotte, Canada
Francisco Montero, Spain
Liana Paniyeva, Ukraine
Joshua Rupley, US (NM)
Wenting Shi, China
Marie Sumnikova, Czech Republic
Stefan Weiler, Germany
Yumin Wu, China
Rui Xu, China
Yundi Xu, China
Fahrettin Eren Yahsi, Turkey
Yevgeny Yontov, Israel
Our 2 Alternates are: 
Solomon Eichner, US (MD)
Anastasiya Naplekova, Ukrane (US)

The competition will take place every 3 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is open to pianists 18 to 32 years old.