Welcome to 
Chopin Foundation 
of the U.S.
NW Council

About Us


The Northwest Council of the Chopin Foundation of the United States, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization will continue the tradition of encouraging talented young American pianists to study and perform classical music, especially highlighting the music of Chopin. We will primarily focus on the Seattle competition and furthering young local talent. The NW Chopin Foundation holds a yearly competition featuring the finest youth talent in Washington state. Each succeeding year, the Festival has grown to becoming one of the region's largest and well-known piano competitions. The very first meeting of The Northwest Chapter of the Chopin Foundation was held September 20, 2001 at the Women's University Club in Seattle, Washington. President Dr. Steven Lagerberg opened a meeting with eight other Chopin enthusiasts in attendance. Steven presented his vision for the Chopin Foundation which was, very simply, to showcase Chopin and his beautiful music.

CHOPIN FOUNDATION OF THE UNITED STATES, NORTHWEST COUNCIL
Dr. Steven Lagerberg, Founder
Dr. Adam Aleksander, President
Dr. Hanna Cyba, Vice President
Allan Park, Registrar
Judy Baker, Artistic Co-Director
Cathy Carpenter, Recording Secretary
Dr. Mary Chandler, Treasurer, Co-Artistic Director
Dr. Yelena Balabanova, Co-Artistic Director
Yunbo Cassady, Board Member
Conney Vernall, Board Member
Dr. Nino Merabishvili, Board Member
Dr. Vladimir Balabanov, Board Member
Victor Ro, Board Member, Legal Advisor
Christopher Moorhead, Webmaster
Alison Bell, Past President
Helen Belvin, Past President


Chopin Foundation of the United States

National

National
Miami, Florida
Website
www.chopin.org
Directors
Agustin Anievas
Douglas C. Evans
Rosa-Rita Gonzalez
Renate Ryan

Advisory Board
Dr. Shelton G. Berg, Frost School of Music
Ron Losby, Steinway & Sons
Bonnie Barrett, Yamaha Artist Services
National Chopin Foundation Board
Maestro Krysztof Penderecki, Honorary Chairman
Blanka A. Rosenstiel, Founder/ President
Olga Melin, Vice President
Dr. James William Hipp, Treasurer
Rebecca Baez, Secretary
Jadwiga Gewert, Executive Director
Dr. Adam Aleksander, Artistic Advisor

Advisory Council
National & International

Agustin Anievas
Martha Argerich
Emanuel Ax
Jeffrey N. Babcock
John Bayless
Luiz Fernando Benedini
John Corigliano
Christopher T. Dunworth
Charles Dutoit
Nelson Freire
Bruno Leonardo Gelber
Gary Graffman
Horacio Gutierrez 
Marta Istomin
Byron Janis
James Judd
Cyprien Katsaris
Zoltan Koscis
Jacob Lateiner
Garrick Ohlsson
Paloma O'Shea
Daniel Pollack
Maurizio Pollini
Abbey Simon
Michael Tilson Thomas
Charles Wadsworth
Susan Wadsworth
Krystian Zimerman

Regional Councils
San Francisco, California, Barboursville, Virginia

San Francisco, California
The San Francisco Council was organized in 1987. In 1995 the Council introduced the Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, which provides for young piano students an encouragement for following their artistic careers. To join Chopin Membership in the San Francisco area and to learn more about the Council’s activities please go to their web site www.chopinSF.org.

Barboursville, Virginia
The Virginia Council, located in Barboursville, has been officially incorporated as of September 2015. This chapter has been associated with of the Chopin Foundation and has held events for the past 12 Seasons. Please visit www.chopininbarboursville.org to learn more about the Council’s activities in Virginia.

Festival Info

JUDGING PERIOD:
FEB 12 TO FEB 19, 2022

REPERTOIRE:
Students may perform either solo or concerto or both. If performing both, they must be registered twice as SEPARATE registrations. 

SOLO DIVISION: All selections must be compositions of Frédéric Chopin. Single or multiple works of Chopin may be performed, provided the total playing time does not exceed the time limit for the Entrant’s division. The adjudicator may not listen to or adjudicate any part of the composition that goes beyond the allowed time, although works must be recorded in full. Entrants may not change or omit repertoire once it has been submitted via the application. 

CONCERTO DIVISION: Student may choose either: FIRST MOVEMENT, SECOND MOVEMENT or LAST MOVEMENT OR a combination of second/third movements as a set. Concerto no. 1 in E minor, Concerto no. 2 in F minor and Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise are permitted only. FOR 2022: Concerto must be recorded without orchestra or second piano accompaniment. Recordings with accompaniment will not be accepted. If a student wins Gold Medal for their concerto movement(s) and perform with an orchestra, they are required to use a different movement in subsequent years. 

If you have any questions, please email the Chopin NW Council at: 
PRESIDENT adamaleksander@hotmail.com
REGISTRAR registration@chopinnw.org

AGE DIVISONS
DIVISION A ages 8 and under
Playing time is up to 5 minutes. Application fee: $55.

DIVISION B ages 9-10
Playing time is up to 6 minutes. Application fee: $60.

DIVISION C ages 11-12
Playing time is up to 7 minutes. Application fee: $65.

DIVISION D ages 13-14
Playing time is up to 8 minutes. Application fee: $70.

DIVISION E ages 15-16
Playing time is up to 10 minutes. Application fee: $75.

DIVISION F ages 17-18
Playing time is up to 12 minutes. Application fee: $80.

DIVISION G ages 19 and up
Playing time is up to 12 minutes. Application fee: $80.

DIVISION H CONCERTO, ages 12-18. Application fee: $85.
Concerto must be recorded without orchestra or second piano accompaniment. Recordings with accompaniment will not be accepted.

PRIZES:
SOLO DIVISION: Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded. Only Gold medalists receive cash prize. Medalists will have their performance featured on our website and FaceBook page. 

CONCERTO DIVISION: Silver and Bronze Medals awarded. Gold Medalist(s) receive chamber orchestra concert engagement and will receive a trophy. No cash prize.

Cash Prizes:
DIVISION A (ages 8 and under) Gold medalist cash prize: $55
DIVISION B (ages 9-10) Gold medalist cash prize: $60
DIVISION C (ages 11-12) Gold medalist cash prize: $65
DIVISION D (ages 13-14) Gold medalist cash prize: $70
DIVISION E (ages 15-16) Gold medalist cash prize: $75
DIVISION F (ages 17-18) Gold medalist prize: $80
DIVISION G (ages 19 and up) Gold medalist cash prize: $80
DIVISION H (ages 12-18) Gold medalist will perform with a chamber orchestra. Date TBA.

IMPORTANT YOUTUBE INSTRUCTIONS:
All recordings submitted must be recorded between the time period of December 1, 2021 until the deadline of February 8, 2022.

Title on YouTube link must say "2022 Chopin NW Festival" followed by NAME and AGE of pianist

Description section must have the title of the piece(s) in correct order.

Recordings from other competitions or concerts will not be accepted.

Music must be performed memorized.

Entrants may choose to omit any or all repeat signs in the score.

Recordings must consist of unedited, uninterrupted video footage of the participant from a single camera angle with coverage of the performer’s hands and face at all times 
If more than one work or movement are being performed, all movements and/or pieces must be performed successively in one unedited take and included on one video link.

Footage must start with the pianist saying the following: "My name is ______________ and this recording was made on __________ for Chopin NW".

You have the option to disable public comments and disable thumbs up, thumbs down (for instructions please google "disabling thumbs in YouTube").

Recordings must be cued to begin within five seconds after the performer identifies him or herself.

Video editing or acoustical enhancements are NOT permitted.

The video quality should be at least 720p, preferably 1080p or higher.

Recordings must be made on acoustic pianos. No electric keyboards allowed.

Names of teachers or parents are not allowed on video submissions.

Do not include titles, fade-outs, or video transitions.

Only YouTube and Vimeo formats will be permitted. NO Dropbox, Microsoft files, Google docs, email attachments, iCloud share etc.

If performing a Concerto, it must be recorded without orchestra or second piano accompaniment. Recordings with accompaniment will not be accepted.

No discussion or contact with the Adjudicators is permitted by the Entrants, their teachers, or their family and friends prior to the conclusion of the Festival.

Please note that the adjudicators are primarily evaluating each artist’s performance, technique, and interpretation. The audio/video quality is of secondary importance.

The adjudicators decision are final and may not be challenged. 


The Chopin NW Council reserves the right to publish any or all video submissions and links provided for this festival on our web page or Facebook page.

An entrant not following these requirements could risk disqualification from the Chopin Festival, becoming ineligible for any award. 

2022 Results

We are proud of all the brilliant young pianists who participated in this beautiful event - so much wonderful talent, dedication and artistry. 

Medals will be available for pickup - teachers only please - at CLASSIC PIANOS – after February 27. For out-of-town medalists (living more than 50 miles from Bellevue, WA), please provide an address and we will mail you the medal.

Adjudicator's notes will be emailed directly to the teachers by Wednesday, February 23rd.
CONGRATULATIONS to you and your teachers!

Winners are listed in Alphabetical order.

  • DIVISION A1 - ages 7 and under (Adjudicator: Susan Boettger)
    GOLD:
    Chloe Wang (Teacher: Adam Aleksander)
    Daniel Chiang (Teacher: Allan Park)
    Molly Wu (Teacher: Anastasia Solomatina)

    SILVER:
    Aimee Tian Ai He (Teacher: Alexandra Tsirkel)
    Annabelle Zhang (Teacher: Nino Merabishvili)
    Crystal Jiao (Teacher: Hanna Cyba)
    Hailey Xu (Teacher: Hanna Cyba)
    Lingyi Li (Teacher: Mark Salman)
    Nathan Jiao (Teacher: Joyce Tang)
    Sally Gao (Teacher: Hong Liu)

    BRONZE:
    Agnivesh Chaudhuri (Teacher: Nino Merabishvili)
    Amelia Fu (Teacher: Ni Liu)
    Bella Jiang (Teacher: Hong Liu)
    Caleb Casper (Teacher: Nancy Jang)
    Catherine Dong (Teacher: Joyce Tang)
    Ellie Zhang (Teacher: Ekaterina Melkamini)
    Finley Cai (Teacher: Ni Liu)
    Kyle Tan (Teacher: Emily Cho)
    Roy Kim (Teacher: Elaine Chung)
    Zachary Chen (Teacher: Hanna Cyba)
  • DIVISION A2 - age 8 (Adjudicator: Soyeon Kate Lee)
    GOLD:
    Alvin Lee (Teacher: Allan Park)
    Ru-Shan An (Teacher: Hanna Cyba)

    SILVER: 
    Austin Miao (Teacher: Ekaterina Melkamini)
    Jeffrey (Zixiao) Quan (Teacher: Sasha Starcevich)
    Lucas Zheng ( Teacher: Maria Maltseva)
    Nicole Wang (Teacher: Tatiana Lanford)

    BRONZE:
    Brandon Yang (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)
    Ethan Xu (Teacher: Hanna Cyba)
    Sofia Shao (Teacher: Hong Liu)
    Yilan Jin (Teacher: Nancy Jang)
  • DIVISION B1 - age 9 (Adjudicator: Ran Dank)
    GOLD:
    Cara Fan (Teacher: Nino Merabishvili)
    Lingxi Chen (Teacher: Olga Solomatina)
    William Feng (Teacher: Christopher Bowlby)

    SILVER: 
    Dana Wang (Teacher: Ni Liu)
    Ella Qiu (Teacher: Nino Merabishvili)
    Victoria Marie Ramos (Teacher: Marissa Rebadulla-Ramos)

    BRONZE: 
    Inez Ko (Teacher: Allan Park)
    Jessie Wu (Teacher: Ni Liu)
    Sydney Cui (Teacher: Adam Aleksander)
  • DIVISION B2 - age 10 (Adjudicator: Phyllis Lehrer)
    GOLD: 
    Jimmy Huang (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)
    Yuexi Lu (Teacher: Tatiana Lanford)

    SILVER:
    Arabelle Grote (Teachers: Ni Liu/Peter Mack)
    Joyce Ye (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)
    Kyle Liao (Teacher: Natalya Ageyeva)
    Lenka Dzunic (Teacher: Heather Howland)

    BRONZE:
    Angele Xiao (Teacher: Handel Shin)
    Eli Long (Teacher: Adam Aleksander)
    Eric Xue (Teacher: Adam Aleksander)
    Lourdes Ko (Teacher: Allan Park)
    Simon Zhu (Teacher: Maria Maltseva)
    Toko Ota (Teacher: Adam Aleksander)

  • DIVISION C1 - age 11 (Adjudicator: Ran Dank)
    GOLD:
    Audrey Cui (Teacher: Adam Aleksander)
    Emily Liu (Teacher: Adam Aleksander)

    SILVER:
    Eli Antony (Teacher: Michi North)
    Joshua Kwan (Teacher: Peter Mack)
    Nina Iorik (Teacher: Ekaterina Melkamini)

    BRONZE:
    Hanen Guo (Teacher: Donna Bender)
    Nicolette Yang (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)

  • DIVISION C2 - age 12 (Adjudicator: Soyeon Kate Lee)
    GOLD:
    Enzo Zhao (teacher: Oksana Ezhokina)

    SILVER:
    Emily Qi (teacher: Ekaterina Melkamini)

    BRONZE:
    Albert Zhang (teacher: Adam Aleksander)
  • DIVISION D1 - age 13 (Adjudicator: Susan Boettger)
    GOLD:
    Grace Li (Teacher: Adam Aleksander)
    Kyle Yeung (Teacher: Sasha Starcevich)

    SILVER:
    Ashley Zong (Teacher: Alexandria Tsirkel)
    Leah Im (Teacher: Angela Rondello)
    Melanie Liu (Teacher: Allan Park)
    Nicholas Grote (Teacher: Ni Liu/Peter Mack
    Zoe Zhang (Teacher: Jenny Shin)

    BRONZE:
    Allison Lin (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)
    Bill Wang (Teacher: Hong Liu)
    Bowen Leung (Teacher: Hong Liu)
    Chloe Woo (Teacher: Julia Kim)
    Leslie Park (Teacher: Emily Cho)
    Ruohan Huang (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)
    XiYuan Gong (Teacher: Karen Chong)
  • DIVISION D2 - age 14 (Adjudicator: Phyllis Lehrer)
    GOLD:

    Brian Li (Teacher: Sasha Starcevich)
    Jason Nam (Teacher: Allan Park)
    William Wang (Teacher: Tatiana Lanford)

    SILVER:
    Anna Yang (Teacher: James Chen)
    Harrison Li (Teacher: Ni Liu)
    Jason Kwon (Teacher: Allan Park)
    Jeffrey Zhao (Teacher: Maria Maltseva)
    Jens Otterness (Teacher: Sue Van Nortwicks)
    Michelle Cao (Teacher: Sasha Starcevich)
    Yuanrui Zhao (Teacher: Tatiana Lanford)

    BRONZE:
    Ashwin Krishnaswamy (Teacher: Nino Merabishvili)
    Daniel Hsu (Teacher: Tien-yin Chen)
    Elaina Mergler (Teacher: Marie Wollam-Mergler)
    Mingyue Yang (Teacher: Victoria Bogdashevskaya)
    Sarah Youn (Teacher: Nancy Jang)
    Todd Miao (Teacher: Ekaterina Melkamini)
  • DIVISION E1 - age 15 (Adjudicator: Susan Boettger)
    GOLD: 

    Earnest Wheelwright (Teacher: Adam Aleksander)
    Haolin Cong (Teacher: Tatiana Lanford)

    SILVER: 
    Eric Ma (Teacher: Peter Mack)
    Isaac Goldstein (Teacher: Peter Mack)
    Olivia Qi (Teacher: Ekaterina Melkamini)
    Ryan Chung (Teacher: Allan Park)

    BRONZE:
    Bailing Hou (Teacher: Tatiana Lanford)
    Chaochao Gu (Teacher: James Chen)
    Constantina Tsang (Teacher: Ni Liu/ Peter Mack)
    James Huang (Teacher: Nancy Kim)
    Jamie Kwon (Teacher: Allan Park)
    Meredith Nam (Teacher: Allan Park)
  • DIVISION E2 - age 16 (Adjudicator: Soyeon Kate Lee)
    GOLD:
    Marcus Yeung (Teacher: Mark Salman)
    Minoo Jang (Teacher: Adam Aleksander)

    SILVER: 
    Rachel He (Teacher: Anaida Nagdyan)

    BRONZE:
    Mia Chen (Nino Merabishvili)
  • DIVISION F - ages 17, 18 (Adjudicator: Ran Dank)
    GOLD:
    Joshua Jung (teacher: Adam Aleksander)

    SILVER:
    John Meneses (teacher: Allan Park)

    BRONZE:
    Lily Jonsson (teacher: Mark Salman)
  • DIVISION G - ages 19 and up (Adjudicator: Soyeon Kate Lee)
    BRONZE:
    Jennifer Siney (Teacher: Allan Park)
  • CONCERTO DIVISION - ages 12 to 18 (Adjudicator: Phyllis Lehrer)
    GOLD:
    David Gatien (Teacher: Nancy Jang)
    Jason Nam (Teacher: Allan Park)

    GOLD ALTERNATE:
    Hyun Yoon (Teacher: Allan Park)

    SILVER:
    Daniella Tsang (Teacher: Ni Liu/ Peter Mack)     
    Jeffrey Zhao (Teacher: Maria Maltseva) 
    Nicholas Grote (Teacher: Ni Liu Peter Mack) 
    Ruohan Huang (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova) 
    Ryan Chung (Teacher: Allan Park)

    BRONZE:
    Chloe Song (Teacher: Ramona Allen) 
    Courtney Tam (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova) 
    Katie Shen (Teacher: Tien-yin Chen) 
    Madison Yeon (Teacher: Madison Yeon) 
    Melanie Liu (Teacher: Allan Park)

2022 Adjudicators

Phyllis Lehrer

Phyllis Alpert Lehrer is known internationally as a teacher, performer, clinician, author and adjudicator. She has given master classes, workshops and enjoyed an active concert career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Asia and Europe.

Ms. Lehrer is professor emerita of piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. She now serves on the artist faculty of the Westminster Conservatory, the community music school associated with Westminster. A founding member of Young Audiences of New Jersey and the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance, she has presented regularly at conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the European Piano Teachers Association and New Jersey Music Teachers Association. Recent lectures, master classes and performances have taken place at the Music-Quest Festival in Pune, India, the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland, Performing Arts and Medicine Conference in Colorado and New York City, Nebraska Music Teachers Association, Portland District Music Teachers Association, Delaware Music Teachers Association, Third Street Settlement in New York City, Brooklyn College Conservatory, the Steinway Society, New York Piano Teachers’ Congress, Greenwich Music House, Westminster Choir College, the Westminster Conservatory Beethoven Festival and the New School for Music Study Faculty Alumni Recital.

Articles, interviews and reviews on piano pedagogy, music and health by Ms. Lehrer have
been published in Clavier Companion, The American Music Teacher, and The European Piano Teachers Journal. Recent publications include five volumes of the great piano repertoire, Classics for the Developing Pianist, co-edited with Ingrid Clarfield, along with the Study Guides that accompany books 1, 2, 3, 4 published by Alfred, Inc. A fifth book, Study Guide 5 is available at Sheet Music Press. Personal Trainer, five volumes devoted to keyboard theory, sight playing, technique and repertoire with midi accompaniments, co-authored with Paul Sheftel, are published by YBK publications in New York City. Mr. Sheftel and Ms. Lehrer also co-edited 10 books of intermediate to early advanced piano literature with accompanying CD’s for Carl Fischer: Mastering Classic Favorites and More Mastering Classic Favorites as well as Debussy: An Album. Ms. Lehrer was author and editor of Chopin: An Album, also published by Carl Fischer. She wrote the practice suggestions for the four books of Piano Etudes for the Development of Musical Fingers selected and edited by Frances Clark, Louise Goss and Sam Holland. Among her other edited works are Fantasie-Variations and Sonata, No. 2, Op. 31 by Dianne Goolkasian- Rahbee, Outside the Box by Kevin Olson and Wynn-Anne Rossi, and Dance Preludes for Piano Duet by Timothy Brown, published by FJH.

Phyllis Lehrer has contributed several chapters to A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop the Mind and Body for Optimal Performance and co-authored The Inner Game of Music Keyboard Workbook with Barry Green. Her collaboration of over 35 years with piano partner, Ena Bronstein Barton, includes two CDs, featuring duets and duo piano works.

Dr. Susan Boettger

Dr. Susan Boettger has been very active as a performer, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Her genre- defying trio Take 3 has an active upcoming season as they embark in their upcoming tour across the US. She is currently the Director of Education in Lyceum Village, SPC, a position which creates a Conservatory experience for pre-college students. She is also the Executive Director and Founder of the Junior Chamber Music program, a program which provides chamber music coaching, tours, and performances to Southern California. She is Director of Keyboard Studies at Irvine Valley College. As a soloist, she was a winner of the Juilliard Contemporary Concerto competition. She has performed concertos with the Ventura Symphony, New West Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Orange County Chamber Orchestra. Susan received her DMA in piano performance at USC, minoring in composition, business and music education. She received her MM from Juilliard and her BM (piano) and BA (mathematics) from Rice University.

Soyeon Kate Lee

First prize winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been lauded by The New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”

Highlights of recent seasons included appearances at the National Gallery where she will give the world premiere of Marc-Hamelin’s “Tango” for four-hands with her husband and pianist, Ran Dank, Purdue Convocations, Rockefeller University, Hawaii Concert Society, Corning Civic Music, and Cleveland Art Museum. She also returned to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto, and collaborated in concert with the Escher and Daedalus String Quartets.

Lee has been rapturously received as guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, symphony orchestras of Columbus, Bangor, Boca Raton, Eugene, Wyoming, Bozeman, Hawaii, Wheeling, Cheyenne, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, Abilene, Naples, Santa Fe and Shreveport in the United States; the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Ulsan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Orquesta de Valencia (Spain) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Dominican Republic), including performances under the batons of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jahja Ling, Jorge Mester and Otto-Werner Mueller.

Past recital appearances include New York City programs at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Art’s Alice Tully Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, the Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Stars” series, Auditorio de Musica de Nacional in Madrid, tour of the Hawaiian Islands, Krannert Center, Herbst Theatre, and Finland’s Maanta Music Festival.

A Naxos recording artist, her discography spans two volumes of Scarlatti Sonatas, Liszt Opera Transcriptions, and two volumes of Scriabin works, with upcoming release of Clementi Sonatas. Ms. Lee’s recording of Re!nvented under the E1/Entertainment One (formerly Koch Classics) label garnered her a feature review in the Gramophone Magazine and the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award.

A second prize and Mozart Prize winner of the 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition and a laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition in Spain, Ms. Lee has worked extensively with Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Ursula Oppens, and Jerome Lowenthal. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Lee was awarded the William Petschek Piano Debut Award at Lincoln Center and the Arthur Rubinstein Award and received her Doctor of Musical Arts from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Ms. Lee is the co-founder and artistic director of Music by the Glass, a concert series dedicated to bringing together young professionals in New York City. A Yamaha Artist, Ms. Lee is an Associate Professor of Music in Piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music where she received the 2021 University of Cincinnati Mrs. AB Dolly Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, and serves on the piano faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, pianist Ran Dank and their children Noah and Ella.

Ran Dank

Mr. Dank has received his Bachelors of Music the from Tel-Aviv University, his Masters of Music and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, and his Doctorate of Music from the Graduate Center in CUNY. His teachers and mentors include Emanuel Ax, Joseph Kalichstein, Robert McDonald, Richard Goode, and Ursula Oppens. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including prizes in the Naumburg, Sydney, Cleveland, and the Hilton Head International Piano Competitions. He serves as an assistant professor of piano at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, and is on the faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival.


Notable performances during Mr. Dank’s 2019/2020 season include appearances at the National Gallery in DC, the Hawaii Concert Society, Purdue Convocations, Gina Bachauer Concert Series, two consecutive recitals at the Pro Musica series in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, and a collaboration with Jayce Ogren and the Westchester Philharmonic. In addition, he returns to the Chanel Chamber Music Festival in Tokyo and to the Portland Symphony for a performance of Saint Saens’ 2nd Piano Concerto under the baton of Eckart Preu.

Ran’s recent performances have included recitals at the San Francisco Performances Series, Gilmore, Ravinia, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Halls, Steinway Hall, Gardner Museum, Kennedy Center, Town Hall, Yale School of Music, Philips Collection, Morgan Library, Pro Musica in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Portland Ovations, and have garnered critical acclaim from the New York Times and The Washington Post. Mr. Dank has performed as a soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Sydney, St. Luke’s, Portland, Eugene, Toledo, Hawaii, Kansas City, Vermont, Charleston, Jerusalem, Valencia, Phoenix, Hilton Head, among others, working under the batons such as Michael Stern, Jahja Ling, Michael Christie, Kirill Karabits, Jun Märkl, Pinchas Zukerman, Jorge Mester, Jaime Laredo, and Ken-David Masur. His chamber music festival appearances have included Santa Fe, Seattle, Chanel in Tokyo, Great Lakes, Bridgehampton, Cooperstown, Mänttä, Bowdoin, Maverick, Skaneateles, and Montreal, and he has collaborated with luminaries of the field such as Paul Watkins, Augustin Hadelich, Eugene Drucker, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, James Ehnes, and The Orion, Shanghai, Takács, and Dover String Quartets. Mr. Dank’s recent performance of the monumental set of variations “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” at the University of Chicago has been selected as one of the top ten performances of 2017 by the Chicago Classical Review.

Mr. Dank is an ardent advocate for contemporary music, and has performed in recent seasons Kevin Puts’ piano concerto “Night,” the Tobias Picker concerto, “Keys to the City,” Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” William Bolcom’s Pulitzer-winning set of “Twelve New Etudes,” and has given, alongside pianist and wife, Soyeon Kate Lee, the world premieres of Frederic Rzewski’s “Four Hands,” and Alexander Goehr’s “Seven Impromptus.” This season Mr. Dank and Soyeon Kate lee will feature the world premiere of multiple grammy-nominated pianist and composer’s Marc-André Hamelin’s “Tango” for piano four-hands.

Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee have established a series of concerts, Music by the Glass, held in a New York SoHo art gallery, where the audience of young professionals listen, mix and mingle with performing artists who play solo pieces and chamber works accompanied by treats sweet and savory, paired with wines by the glass.

Ran Dank is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition, and First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Past Chopin NW Medalists

DIVISION A, 8 YEARS AND YOUNGER:
GOLD:
Alexander Wang, Brian Wu, Dana Wang, Emma Lu, Gavin Xi, Victoria Marie Ramos

SILVER: 
Brandon Yang, Rei Yamazono, Cara Fan, Lingxi Chen, Sydney Cui, Vince Lee

BRONZE: 
Daniel Chiang, Nicole Wang, Caiden Kim, Yelin Liu, Yihan Li, Yvaine Wang

DIVISION B,  9-10 YEARS OF AGE:
GOLD:
Jimmy Huang, Joyce Ye, Eli Antony, Leonardo Zhou

SILVER:
Emily (Jiayao) Zhang, Arabelle Grote, Audrey Cui, Joshua Kwan, Nicolette Yang, Rebecca Li, Stephanie Cheng

BRONZE:
Lenka Dzunic, Amy Wang, Angie Wang, Connor Wang, Sophia Kong, Hanen Guo

DIVISION C, 11 AND 12 YEARS OF AGE: 
GOLD:
David Gatien, Emily Qi, Itamar Adam, Melanie Yutong Liu, Nicholas Grote, Vivian Jiang

SILVER:
Anne Xu, Enzo Zhao, Grace Li, Ruohan Huang

BRONZE:
Vivian Chang, Zelin Cen, Allison Lin, Leah Im,  Leslie Park

DIVISION D, 13 AND 14 YEARS OF AGE: 
GOLD:
Brian Li, Kaitlyn Gia Lee, Michelle Cao, William Wang, Chloe Song, Christina Hahn, Meredith Nam

SILVER:
Angelina Xu, Courtney Tam, Harrison Li, Jason Nam, Ella Sumanaseni, Haolin Cong, Jonathan Li

BRONZE:
Chiara Rogers, Corey Zhang, Daniel Hsu, Todd Miao, Kelvin Wang, Olivia Qi, Penelope Keep

DIVISION E, 15 AND 16 YEARS OF AGE: 
GOLD:
Daniel Jung, Elsie Lu, Jonathan Zheng, Daniella Tsang, Dora-Ziyan Chen, Lily Jonsson

SILVER:
August Baik, Grace Wang, Xuxuan Jin, Alan Ying, Benjamin Yu, Noah Martinez

BRONZE:
Lucas Tam, Mia Chen, Stefan Chita, Ana Howland, Kyra Li, Samuel Wang, Sanjay Akam

DIVISION F, 17 and 18 YEARS OF AGE: 
GOLD:
Alice Zhang, Terri Ji

SILVER:
Cherry Yuan, Jaden Zhang, Nicole Wang

BRONZE:

John Meneses, Sherri Xu

DIVISION G1, 19+ PROFESSIONAL:
GOLD:
Juo-Hsuan Liu

SILVER:
Trinity Gof

BRONZE:
Jeonghyun Lim

DIVISION G2, ages 19+, AMATEUR:
GOLD:
Jennifer Siney

SILVER:
Eva Aw

DIVISION H, 12 TO 18 YEARS OF AGE:
GRAND PRIZE GOLD:
Earnest Wheelwright

GOLD ALTERNATE:
Elsie Lu, Jonathan Shu

SILVER:
Courtney Tam, Lucas Tam

BRONZE:
Jer-Shyan Chang, Kaitlyn Gia Lee, Ruohan Huang

DIVISION A: 8 YEARS AND YOUNGER
GOLD:
Vince Lee, Moxi Zhu

SILVER:
Sydney Cui, Jimmy Huang

BRONZE:
Dana Wang, Yihan Li

DIVISION B: 9-10 YEARS OF AGE
GOLD:
Audrey Cui, Leonardo Zhou, Enzo Zhao, David Gatien

SILVER:
Eli Antony, Seohwon (Ted) Yun, Joshua Kwan, Rebecca Li, Jingyan Ren, Isabel Kaempfer, Albert Zhang

DIVISION C: 11-12 YEARS OF AGE
GOLD:
Eunrae Kim, Ashley Zong, Ella Cho, William Wang, Courtney Tam

SILVER:
Melanie Yutong Liu, Naomi Elsing, Leslie Park, Benicia Zhu, Liam Krol, Kaitlyn Gia Lee, Jens Otterness

BRONZE:
Jeffrey Zhao, Jer-Shyan Chang

DIVISION D: 13-14 YEARS OF AGE
GOLD:
Minjae Kim, Earnest Wheelwright, Meredith Nam, Mia Chen, Daniel Jung, August Baik

SILVER:
Olivia Qi, Christina Hahn, Sarah Kuang, Ryan Chung, Hanjia Guo, Ivory Wang, Stefan Chita,

BRONZE:
Minoo Jang, Jerry Li

DIVISION E: 15-16 YEARS OF AGE
GOLD:
Noah Martinez, Ethan Sun, Nicole Wang, Adrian King

SILVER:
Sandy Huang

BRONZE:
Jeffery Zhang, Dora-Ziyan Chen, Jonathan Shu, Estella Xu

DIVISION F: 17-18 YEARS OF AGE
GOLD:
Anthony Sun

SILVER:
Andrea Liao

BRONZE:
Christopher Marley

DIVISION G: 19 YEARS AND OLDER
GOLD:
Caleb Winslow

SILVER:
Godwin Hong

DIVISION H: CONCERTO
GOLD:
Nicole Wang

GOLD ALTERNATE:
Dora-Ziyan Chen

SILVER:
Hyun Yoon

DIVISION A (ages 9 and under)
GOLD

David Gatien, Emily Qi , Yuna Yamagami, Eli Antony

SILVER:
Amour Luo, Isabel Kaempfer, Dana Wang, Elaina Guan, Ila Lu, Jimmy Huang, Joshua Kwan, Julian Huang, Leonardo Zhou, Moxi Zhu, Natalie Gan, Stephanie Cheng

DIVISION B (ages 10 and 11)
GOLD
Nathaniel Zhang, Liam Krol, Ella Cho, Paul Wang, Corey Zhang, William Wang

SILVER:
Arthur Gong, Ashley Zong, Avery Pun, Brett Zhang, Chloe Woo, Corlan Costello, Grace Li, Harrison Li, Jeffrey Zhao, Jiaqi Chen, Kaitlyn Gia Lee, Kayla Suherman, Roxy Jones, Ruohan Huang, Todd Miao, Tyler Regala, Zixi Nan, Ye-Eun Hong

DIVISION C (ages 12 and 13)
GOLD:

Stefan Chita, Lucas Tam, Constantina Tsang, Earnest Wheelwright, Ray Zhang

SILVER:
Adriana Patala, August Baik, Chloe Song, Christina Hahn, Elsie Liu, Elvin Li, Grace Wang, Haolin Cong, Hyun Yoon, Ian Schuler, Hyunjae Kim, James Huang, Jason Kim, Jeffrey Kwan, Zhirui Jerry Li, Katie Xiao, Kevin Luo, Meredith Nam, Minjae Kim, Nathan Yi, Minoo Jang, Olivia Qi, Rishitha Ravi, Ruslan Kim, Alison Tan

DIVISION D  (ages 14 and 15)
GOLD:
Claire Kim, Edward Zhang, Young Park, Jonathan Shu

SILVER:
Adrian King, Alan Ying, Andrew Shaw, Angela Hu, Connor Yoon, Daniel Chen, Daniella Tsang, Devian Shukla, Ellen Li, Jesse Morris, Jacqueline Loeliger, John Meneses, Julia Liu, Julia Schraml, Nathan Hu, Nicole Wang, Sherri Xu, Samuel Wang, Noah Kim, Sandy Huang

DIVISION E (ages 16 to 18)
GOLD:

Janet Phang , Quennie Nguyen, Jiongmin (Owen) Wang, Karen Haining

SILVER:
Kevin Yip, Christopher Marley, Elise Winkler, Lily Bai, Paige Wiesinger, Anthony Sun

DIVISION F (19 and up)
GOLD:

Reid Wolch

SILVER:
Britanee Wong, Eva Aw

CONCERTO DIVISION:
GOLD:

Young Park, Benjamin Yu,

CONCERTO DIVISION ALTERNATE:
Edward Zhang

CONCERTO DIVISION:
SILVER:

Alan Ying, Anna Wang, Quennie Nguyen, Jaelon Diloy-Mendoza, Hyun Yoon, Kelly Chen, Katie Shen, Michael Duan, Jaden Zhang

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DIVISION A (ages 9 and under)
GOLD:

Emily Qi, Stephanie Cheng, Eunrae Kim

SILVER:
Nicholas Grote, Vivian Jiang, Enzo Zhao

BRONZE:
Dana Wang, David Gatien, Naomi Elsing, Lisa Gao, Leonardo Zhou, Skyla Yu, Moxi Zhu, Christina Zhuang , Eli Antony

DIVISION B (ages 10 and 11)
GOLD:
Ethan Xie, Ray Zhang, William Wang

SILVER:
Earnest Wheelwright, Chloe Song, Haolin Cong

BRONZE:
Anna Melomed, Elaina Mergler, Christina Hahn, Ella Sumanaseni, Liam Krol, Jeffrey Zhao

DIVISION C (ages 12 and 13)
GOLD:
Daniella Tsang, Young Park, Eashan Vagish

SILVER:
Lynnsean Young, Stefan Chita, Jerry Li

BRONZE:
Dora-Ziyan Chen, Daniel Jung, Benjamin Yu, Alan Ying
Daniel Zhang, Jeenah Gwak, Alison Tan

DIVISION D (ages 14 and 15)
GOLD:
Jaden Zhang, Ethan Tan, Claire Ku

SILVER:
Edward Zhang, Nile Camai, Jonathan Shu

BRONZE:
Scott Fisher, Jr., Claire Kim, Christina Stepin, Jesse Morris, Zeke Taton, Steve Silverberg, Sherri Xu, Claire Jung

DIVISION E(ages 16 to 18)
GOLD:

Owen Wang, Janet Phang, Shichu Liu

SILVER:
Deanna Han, Lily Bai, Megan Lu

BRONZE:
Connor Zhang, Kathering Kuang, Ivan Tarasenkov, Jonathon Lin, Dajeong Yoon, Sonya Ribner, Michael Duan

DIVISION F (ages 19 and up)
GOLD:

Luke Raffanti

SILVER:
Yimo Zhang, Cicy Li

DIVISION G, CONCERTO
GOLD:

Edward Zhang

SILVER:
Deanna Han

DIVISION A
GOLD:

Michelle Cao, Roxy Jones, Yuna Yamagami

SILVER:
Emily Qi, Nicholas Grote, Chiara Rogers, Kaitlyn Gia Lee, Eunrae Kim, David Gatien

DIVISION B
GOLD:

Stephan Chita, Elsie Lu, Izabella Tu

SILVER:
Raymond Zhang, Alison Tan, Sarah Zong, Sarah Yang, Ella Sumanaseni, Earnest Wheelwright, Ivory Wang, Olivia Qi

DIVISION C
GOLD:

Adrian King, Young Park, Eashan Vagish

SILVER:
Sanjay Akam, Sandy Huang, Nicole Yang, Jesse Morris, Daniella Tsang, Benjamin Yu, Daniel Chen

DIVISION D
GOLD:

Emily Park, Janet Phang, Megan Lu

SILVER:
Andrea Liao, Allyson Lee, Emily Pan, Christopher Marley, Steve Silverberg, Connor Zhang, Kelly Chen

DIVISION E
GOLD:

Caleb Ren, Shichu Liu, Kyran Park Adams

SILVER:
Annie Yang, Jonathon Lin, Christopher Huang, Robert Yee, Bryan Zhao

DIVISION G CONCERTO
GOLD:

Stephen Binondo

SILVER:
Steve Silverberg

DIVISION A
GOLD:

Andrew Gu, Constantina Tsang, David Gatien

SILVER:
Catherine Xie, Rachael Kim, Isabelle Yuan, Lucas Tang, Arthur Gong, Harrison Li

DIVISION B
GOLD:

Daniel Jung, Mia Chen, Eashan Vagish

SILVER:
Young Park, Nicole Yang, Dora Ziyan Chen, Izabella Tu

DIVISION C
GOLD:
Sandy Huang, Steve Silverberg, Edward Zhang

SILVER:
Jesse Morris, Ellen Li, Quennie Nguyen, Terri Ji, Nile Camai, Alex Zhang

DIVISION D
GOLD:

Jonathan Staley, Elise Winkler, Kevin Yip

SILVER:
Millicent McFall, Andrew Ma, Solomon Kim, Emily Pan, Deanna Han,

DIVISION E
GOLD:

Michelle Zheng, Alex Camai, William Huang

SILVER:
Max Randall, Tate Cohan, Vanessa Ma, Peter Preston, Alexander Lu

DIVISION F
GOLD:

Soomi Sung

SILVER:
Jaesung Kim

DIVISION G CONCERTO
GOLD:
Edward Zhang

SILVER:
Stephen Binondo

Vignettes
by Steven Lagerberg

The Piano Capitol of the World
Chopin in the Time of Cholera and COVID
Recognition
What Motivated Chopin
An Educated Guess
A Personal Challenge
Emotional Music
The Long Suffering
Of Hands and Heart
Why Do We Have a Chopin Festival
A Fateful Journey
Chopin's Pianos
What's Not to Like About Chopin's Music
To Compete or Not Compete

Dr. Steven Lagerberg is retired as a practicing physician from Kaiser Permanente and is the founder of the NW Council of the Chopin Foundation. Steven is the author of: Chopin's Heart: The Quest to Identify the Mysterious Illness of the World's Most Beloved Composer and Essays on Chopin.
Copyright 2020-21. Steven Lagerberg. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher. 

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