A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition

A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition

2023 Competition Senior Division Application


2023 Competition Junior Division Application

2023 Competition Dates:
Friday, March 31:
Due date for all 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.
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

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)