For decades, the Pacific Northwest has been the center of
a great musical and artistic culture. The warm and welcoming music
audience of Seattle is one of the friendliest in the world. Every year
the city witnesses numerous local concert series, music festivals, and
competitions. The Seattle International Piano Festival, and its
piano competition, differs from other local events in that it invites
both local and international pianists to share their talents and
diverse musical backgrounds with the eager and friendly ears of
Seattleites. Unique among competitions around the world, the SIPF piano
competition encourages pianists of all ages to seek his or her personal
niche and voice, with the freedom to select repertoire without specific
requirements. We encourage the exploration of ethnically varied
literature, ranging from the folk-inspired works of Karol Szymanowski
to the contemporary works of living Asian composers.
Aside from the solo piano competition, the festival also features guest
recitals, master classes and lectures presented by world-class
performers. As music is a gift to be cherished and cultivated among
people of all ages and in all times, the next Seattle International
Piano Festival and Competition takes place in October 18-21, 2013,
providing musical opportunities for aspiring pianists,
music lovers, and professional musicians. Youth, piano students of
universities and conservatories, professional pianists and amateur
pianists - all are invited to compete in the annual piano competition
to share their original artistry. Note the new application deadline of July 1, 2013.
The approachable structure of the festival's bi-annual piano competition
makes it possible for a pianist of any financial status to apply and
participate. Many competitions require the pianist to travel great
distances and live out of a hotel at great personal expense and risk,
not knowing whether one will survive to the last round. A user-friendly
piano competition such as this provides the pianist a means to
participate without such great cost, knowing that the chances for being
awarded a prize are high if one passes the preliminary round.
The fifth bi-annual Seattle International Piano
Festival will take place October 19-20, 2013 at Illsley Ball
Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington. All
finalists of the 2013 piano competition will have the opportunity to
present their music in this venue - one of the most beautiful recital
halls of the Pacific Northwest. Finalists will be selected from the
preliminary participants to perform this day based on recording
submissions. Numerous cash prizes and non-cash awards will be
distributed among the winners.
The SIPF also organizes other local events throughout the year,
including the NW Festivals
and Bach Festival for local
competitive participants, as well as its annual concert series, Music from Afar...
encourage you to participate and hope to see you in October.
Wishing all the best luck and success!
Dr. Ivona Kaminska