About the Helen Taylor Johannesen International Piano Competition
The Helen Taylor Johannesen International Piano Competition offers young pianists the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and a University of Utah scholarship, as well as to expand musically and to enjoy the benefits of cultural and artistic exchanges. Winners perform a public recital in Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah campus.
Competition to be held July 17 - July 19, 2017.
Application Information and Procedures
Application form of 2017 will be available online by December 1 of 2016, all application materials must be submitted by May 1 of 2017. For any assistance about the application, please contact Professor Ning Lu, the director of the 2017 Helen Taylor Johannesen International Piano Competition:
School of Music, University of Utah
1375 Presidents Circle
204 Gardner Hall, School of Music
University of Utah, SLC, UT 84112
Sponsored by the Brent and Bonnie Jean Beesley Foundation
About Helen Taylor Johannesen
Helen Taylor Johannesen was a gifted and promising Julliard-trained composer and the wife of pianist Grant Johannesen, who died tragically at age 34 in a car accident. Johannesen grew up in Salt Lake City, where she attended the McCune School of Music to study piano. She received her BM from the University of Utah in 1937, her MM from Columbia Teachers College in 1941 and her degree in composition from Julliard in 1945, where she completed a three-movement symphony. She also joined the Martha Graham Dance Company as a composition pianist. She and Grant had one son, David, with whom Grant collaborated in the 1990's to record all of Helen's work, including Discovering Helen Taylor, vols. 1 and 2. When she died, she was working on an opera, David and Bathsheba, from the Old Testament stories.