A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition

A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition

2022 Competition Senior Division Application


2022 Competition Junior Division Application

2022 Competition Dates:
Senior Division

Application Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022
Preliminary Round: Sunday, April 10, 2022
Finals Concert (Open Division): Sunday, April 24, 2022
Rivers Division Winners’ Concert: TBD

Junior Division
Application Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022
Competition Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
Open Division Winners’ Concert: Sunday, April 24, 2022
Rivers Division Winners’ Concert: TBD

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 2021 Winners:
Gaeun Ginny Lee, 1st Prize, Open Division (student of Niva Fried)
Eric Zhang, 2nd Prize, Open Division (student of Helena Vesterman)
Not Awarded, 1st Prize, Rivers Division
Christopher Tillen, 2nd Prize, Rivers Division (student of Erin Lindsey)
Gaeun Ginny Lee, Bach Prize (student of Niva Fried)

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.
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.
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:

Senior Division:

A Prelude and Fugue from The Well Tempered Clavier I or II by JS Bach, plus contrasting piece, not to exceed 15 minutes.

  • Clean scores (unmarked, but with measure numbers)

Junior Division:
Invention or Sinfonia by JS Bach, plus contrasting piece, not to exceed 12 minutes.

  • Clean scores (unmarked, but with measure numbers)

Previous First Prize Winners

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)