A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition

A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition

2023 Competition Senior Division Application


2023 Competition Junior Division Application

New for 2023!  Recorded preliminary round for both Junior and Senior Divisions.  Finalists to perform in concert format.

2023 Competition Dates:
Friday, March 31: Due date for applications and video recordings
Monday, April 10:
Finalists in the Jr. and Sr. Divisions will be posted
Sunday, April 16: The Jr. Division Finals Concert in Rivera Hall
Sunday, April 30: The Sr. Division Finals Concert in Rivera Hall

The A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition was founded in 1990 to honor Mr. Rivera as an extraordinary and inspirational teacher. The competition reflects his uncompromisingly high standards for artistry in music and beauty of sound and is intended to encourage young pianists to continue their search for excellence.

Congratulations to the 2022 Winners:
Senior Competition
Victoria Park, 1st Prize, Rivers Division (student of Jeanie Lee)
Justin Wang, 1st Prize, Open Division (student of Helena Vesterman)
Henry Tushman, 2nd Prize, Rivers Division (student of Sandra Hebert)
Jiarui Zhou, 2nd Prize, Open Division (student of A. Ramón Rivera)

Junior Competition
Pamela Hao, 1st Prize, Rivers Division (student of Ana Popa)
Sarah Xu, 1st Prize, Open Division (student of Heeyeon Chi)
Elaine Peng, 2nd Prize, Rivers Division (student of Ana Popa)
Benjamin Choi, 2nd Prize, Open Division (student of Heeyeon Chi)
Honorable Mention: Marco Suri (student of A. Ramón Rivera)

Senior Division
The Open Division is open to any pianists in grades 9 through 12.
First place: $500
Second place: $250
All other finalists: $100

The Rivers Division is open only to grade 9 through 12 pianists studying piano at The Rivers School Conservatory; these students compete for scholarship prizes. All competitors must be enrolled in their second consecutive semester or greater at RSC. Summers are not counted in this total.

First place: $500
Second place: $250
All other finalists: $100

Teachers of prize winners receive $100
All finalists are eligible for the Bach Prize: $500

Competitors are only eligible to compete in one division and first prize winners are not eligible to compete in the same division for two consecutive years.

Junior Division
The Open Division is open to any pianists in grades 7 and 8.
First place: $350
Second place: $225
All other finalists: $100

The Rivers Division is open only to pianists studying piano at The Rivers School Conservatory; these students compete for scholarship prizes. All competitors must be enrolled in their second consecutive semester or greater at RSC. Summers are not counted in this total.

First place: $350
Second place: $225
All other finalists: $100

Teachers of prize winners receive $100.

Competitors are only eligible to compete in one division and first prize winners are not eligible to compete in the same division for two consecutive years.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

Requirements for Senior Division Application:

  • Prelude & Fugue from J.S. Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier I or II, plus contrasting piece, not to exceed 15 minutes in total 
  • PDF of clean scores **unmarked, but with measure numbers**
  • Link to Unlisted YouTube Videos (requirements below)

Requirements for Junior Division Application:

  • Invention or Sinfonia by JS Bach, plus contrasting piece, not to exceed 12 minutes in total.
  • PDF of clean scores **unmarked, but with measure numbers**
  • Link to Unlisted YouTube Videos (requirements below)

Video Requirements:

  1.  at least 720p, preferably 1080p or higher  
  2. One continuous take, unedited, Bach Prelude & Fugue and video of contrasting work 
  3. Pianist’s face, hands, and feet must be visible and fill most of the screen 
  4. Ensure the video has good quality audio and image 
  5. Do not use special effects, dissolves, etc.  
  6. Please announce the date at the beginning of the recording before playing. Submission of pre-recorded performances or pre-recorded live performances prior to 1/1/23 will NOT be accepted
  7. Please wear concert attire 
  8. Competitors bow when finished, as when performing in a recital

**Deviations from the above Requirements will be accepted and heard, but not considered for a prize**  

YouTube Instructions:

  1. Log into YouTube or create a free account.
  2. Click the camera+ icon (top right corner) to upload a new video
  3. Title your video:  Last Name, First Name, Open or Rivers Category, 
  4. Description: Composer, Title, Key, Opus# or BWV 
  5. “Is this video made for kids?” select, “No, it’s not made for kids”.
  6. Click “Unlisted” under the “Visibility” section and copy the link for your video to include in your application.
  7. Click “Save”.  Your video may take a while to process if it is a large, high-def file.

Download Printable Version of Requirements

Previous First Prize Winners

Victoria Park, Justin Wang, Pamela Hao, & Sarah Xu (2022)
Gaeun Ginny Lee (2021)
No Competition due to Global Pandemic (2020)
Kyle Chen, Julius Arolovitch & Theodore Teng (2019)
Khoi Le (2018)
Ahana Mukhopadhyay (2017)
Evren Ozel (2016)
Niklas Kniesche (2015)
Victor Li & Alicia Juan (2014)
Christopher Staknys & Eric Lu (2013)
Nicholas Griffiths (2012)
Aaron Behr & Matthew Wu (2011)
Harry Li & Mackenzie Melemed (2010)
Evan Rees & Chi Wei Lo (2009)
Martin Falk & Ariel Borensztein (2008)
Roger Creel (2007)
Roger Creel & Katherine Peterson (2006)
Erli Veizaj & Yundu Wang (2005)
Sean Martinez, Luis F. Ortiz & Jessica Yam (2004)
Larry Weng & Yang Yang (2003)
Sang-Eun Hwang, Aaron Marcus &
Emi Okumura (2002)
Alexander Kossey (2001)
Eben Lichtman & Olga Parsegova (2000)
Ingrid Phoebe Keller & Alexander Kossey (1999)
Jessica Tai (1998)
Katherine Fisher (1996)
David Greco (1995)
Jocelyn Chapman (1994)
Drew Baker (1993)
Jonathan Jao (1992)
Kimberly Hamill (1991)