2020 Virtuoso Festival
The Seattle International Piano Festival (SIPF) is proud to present the fifth annual Virtuoso Festival for local and international pianists, violinists, and chamber musicians featuring works from the Romantic to the current era. Participants of any age or nationality may participate. This competitive event was created to provide performing opportunities for those who wish to share their love of Romantic, Impressionistic, and Modern repertoire (for solo piano, violin, and chamber music with piano) and to provide performers with constructive feedback from performing and teaching masters.
This festival sets forth narrowly defined age groups so that they may be fairly judged, and generously decorated. Those familiar with previous years, should note the festival’s divisions, format, and important details, including:
- NOTIFICATION: participants may now seek their time slots by Tuesday, April 21 on the itinerary page, rather than email notification.
- INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS: participants of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
- GRAND PRIX: the bi-annual Grand Prix resumes in 2021, thus will not be offered this year.
- SINGLE WORK / MULTIPLE WORKS: the additional subdivision of solo participants into single work, or two or more works of at least two contrasting styles.
- PRIZES: gold, silver, bronze medalists, plus any number of honorable mentions.
- REGISTRATION: the form is now online, accepting credit cards for application fees and online signatures. The form is available here. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and are capped at 220 entries for the 2020 festival.
2020 Virtuoso Festival Rules, Guidelines, and Agreement
Application Deadline: The online registration period closes at 11:59 pm, Thursday, April 16. The festival takes place all day Sunday, May 3. Participants may check their time slots shortly after April 20. Click here to be directed to the application form. Please be sure to read the entire rules, guidelines, and agreement.
2020 Virtuoso Festival Adjudicators:
Kelli Stephens – Kelli Brown Stephens is an active recitalist, teacher, adjudicator and clinician. She has served for over 20 years on the music faculty at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon and maintains a private studio in Portland. Her students have won many awards in local, national, and international competitions. Her principal studies were with Paul Parmelee and James Cook, and she coached with Mark Westcott… more…
Paula Watt – Paula Watt, NCTM, is a master teacher in the Portland area. Her students have won numerous awards at Portland festivals, Young Artist Debut, Vancouver Young Artist Competition and she has had several students place in the MTNA National Student Performance Competitions. Active in OMTA, Ms. Watt co- chairs the OMTA Scholarship Competitions. She has mentored many teachers in the Portland area… more…
Francis Yang – Canadian pianist, Francis Yang, has performed in cities such as London, Paris, Montreal, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Quito, and Montevideo at events such as the 37th International Festival Encuentros in Buenos Aires, a lecture recital at London’s Royal Academy of Music, and the VIII Bienal of Contemporary Music in Cuenca, Ecuador. He has played with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca, and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony… more…