Prizes

The prizewinners of the 2019 Seattle International Piano Competition can enjoy cash and non-cash prizes, including possible future performance engagements. The following list details these awards for 2019 participants.

Amateur – Amateur participants are considered semi-competitive, meaning that chosen finalists from the preliminary recording are unranked winners invited to perform at Benaroya Hall in October, 2019. All amateur winners receive:

  • Gold medal
  • Opportunity to be featured in publicity events including possible videography
  • Opportunity to compete during debut performance for additional distinctions* (see below)

Collegiate – Invited finalists appearing live for the final round at Benaroya Hall in October, 2019 may compete for the following prizes:

  • First Prize: Gold medal, $3,000 cash
  • Second Prize: Silver medal, $1,500 cash
  • Third Prize: Bronze medal, $1,000 cash
  • Opportunity to compete during debut performance for additional distinctions* (see below)
  • Opportunity to compete for the Juergen Ronneburg Memorial President’s Prize for the best performance of a work by Frederic Chopin, and $750, including a future shared concert engagement (two total awards for a participant of either Collegiate or Professional Category, president’s discretion)
  • [New] Opportunity to be chosen for a professional paid solo recital during the the 2020-21 season (total: two half-recital engagements or one full recital engagement for one or two finalists total from among the Collegiate and/or Professional categories). Exact venue and concert engagement details to be revealed after the 2019 competition.

Professional – Invited finalists appearing live for the final round at Benaroya Hall in October, 2019 may compete for the following prizes:

  • First Prize: Gold medal, $3,000 cash
  • Second Prize: Silver medal, $1,500 cash
  • Third Prize: Bronze medal, $1,000 cash
  • Opportunity to compete during debut performance for additional distinctions* (see below)
  • Opportunity to compete for the Juergen Ronneburg Memorial President’s Prize for the best performance of a work by Frederic Chopin, and $750, including a future shared concert engagement (two total awards for a participant of either Collegiate or Professional Category, president’s discretion)
  • [New] Opportunity to be chosen for a professional paid solo recital during the the 2020-21 season (total: two half-recital engagements or one full recital engagement for one or two finalists total from among the Collegiate and/or Professional categories). Exact venue and concert engagement details to be revealed after the 2019 competition.

Youth, ages 9 and under – These youngest participants are considered semi-competitive, meaning that chosen finalists from the preliminary recording are unranked winners invited to perform at Benaroya Hall during October, 2019. All youth, ages 9 and under winners receive:

  • Gold medal
  • Opportunity to be featured in publicity events including possible videography
  • Opportunity to compete during debut performance for additional distinctions* (see below)

Youth, ages 10-13 – Invited finalists appearing live for the final round at Benaroya Hall during October, 2019 may compete for the following prizes:

  • First Prize: Gold medal, $800 cash
  • Second Prize: Silver medal, $400 cash
  • Third Prize: Bronze medal, $250 cash
  • Opportunity to compete during debut performance for additional distinctions* (see below)

Youth, ages 14-18 – Invited finalists appearing live for the final round at Benaroya Hall during October, 2019 may compete for the following prizes:

  • First Prize: Gold medal, $1,000 cash
  • Second Prize: Silver medal, $500 cash
  • Third Prize: Bronze medal, $300 cash
  • Opportunity to compete during debut performance for additional distinctions* (see below)

* In addition to the above prizes, all invited finalists can also compete for additional distinctions, including a jurors’ award for the best performance of a Transcendental Etude by Franz Liszt, a work by Isaac Albéniz, or a Sonata by Antonio Soler, as well as an audience favorite award and teachers’ favorite award (in each category). All prizewinners receive certificates with official seals, and non-prizewinning finalists also receive certificates of finalist status. (Note that special prizes are awarded based on final programs during October, 2019; participants needn’t include them in their preliminary recordings to be eligible.)

Top semi-finalists will be invited to perform during the 2019 Seattle International Piano Festival and take part in master classes with international jurors and guest artists. All winners, finalists and semi-finalists will be listed on the website; the instructors of all finalists and winners will also be listed on the Master Teachers page.

Local area finalists and semi-finalists may have future opportunities including engagements in future fund raising events and concerts.