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Utah International Music Academy & Helen Taylor Johannsen International Piano Competition

Welcome to the 2018 International Piano Festival and Competition. This year the session will be held July 22-28. The Festival is held in David P. Gardner Hall on the University of Utah campus. During each session, Festival participants will fine-tune their pianistic, performing and musicianship skills by participating in daily individual lessons, master classes and seminars, learning from renowned teachers and concert pianists.

The festival’s rigorous program will prepare participants for the final piano competition, at which winners receive cash prizes. Both the festival and competitions take place in the outstanding performance facilities of David P. Gardner Hall; the School of Music is an all-Steinway school.

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2018 Festival Winners

Young Musician division

  • 1st (tie) - Zibo Wang & Samuel Lu
  • 2nd - Victor Chen
  • 3rd - David Zhang

  Honorable mention

  • Mandi Li
  • Olivia Jiang

  Special prize for Bach

  • Leung tin Long

  Special prize for Kuhlau

  • Mina Sayuri Zhang

Elementary division

  • 1st - Conrad Flake
  • 2nd - Joyce Wang
  • 3rd - Vincent Wu

  Honorable mention

  • AnnaLee Wright

Junior division

  • 1st - Best performance of a work - Zhihang He
  • 2nd - Angel Wang
  • 3rd - Marquessa Torbensen

Young Artist division

  • 1st - Ariel Wong

College division

  • 1st (tie) - Feiyang Xu & Sooji Han
  • 2nd - Ahyoung Cho
  • 3rd - Zhe Tang

  Honorable mention

  • Kaden Larson
  • Qi Su
  • Shanmo Guan

Important Information for the 2018 Piano Festival and Competition


Helen Taylor Johannesen

 

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.


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.


Events

July 23, 2018
Open for Check-In (8:30 am)
Thompson Hall
School of Music University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

July 23, 2018
Opening Ceremony (7:00 pm)
Dumke Recital Hall
School of Music University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

July 24, 2018
Precollege Piano Competition
Libby Concert Hall
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

July 25, 2018
College Piano Cpompetition
Libby Concert Hall
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

July 25, 2018
Award Ceremony and Winner Concert (5:30pm)
Libby Concert Hall
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

July 26 - 28, 2018
Individual Lessons, Master Class & Student Recitals
David P. Gardner Hall
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


 

Director

Ning Lu

Faculty

Jie Lu

Viktor Valkov

Andrew Staupe

Zhi Qiao

Artist-in-Residence

Dr. Frank Weinstock

Professor Emeritus of Piano

University of Cincinnati

College-Conservatory of Music

International Jury Members

Pre-College:

Hilary C. Demsky, chair

Andrew Staupe

Viktor Valkov

College:

Hilary C. Demsky, chair

Koji Atwood

Frank Weinstock

 

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Last Updated: 7/30/18