The Eighth bi-annual Seattle International Piano Competition will take place at Benaroya Hall on October 12 – 14, 2019. Thirty-seven international finalists were chosen from among 300 applicants. These top participants — nationals of Canada, China, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, and from throughout the USA — compete for cash prizes and medals.

The Seattle Int’l Piano Festival & Competition (SIPF) is the only such event in the Pacific Northwest attracting international pianists of all ages to present their art for local audiences.

The SIPF was recognized by The Wall Street Journal in 2010 as one of the most inclusive competitions currently on the world’s stages. Categories for youth, adult, professional, and college-age performers create a wide array of soloists. The SIPF is also one of the only competitions conducted by a blind jury.

The Purpose of the SIPF is to bring to Seattle the best aspiring artists from the world, and to provide one of the fairest opportunities for these artists to receive recognition. An international panel of judges are seated behind a screen in Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall to ensure the most unbiased assessment of each performer.


The SIPF invites the audience to help by participating in awarding the competition’s many performing guests. In each category of the competition, the audience local area music teachers can cast votes for their favorite pianist. The top winner in each category receives a special prize for Audience Favorite or Teachers’ Favorite.

Here is a brief listing of events:

Sat, Oct 12 – 12 to 3 PM (N)*. Winners of the Youth (ages 9 and under), Outstanding Amateurs, and top-ranked Professional semi-finalist. Admission: $35 General / $25 Seniors / $15 Students

Sat, Oct 12 – 4:15 to 7 PM (N)*. Seattle International Piano Competition Finalists: Youth, ages 10 to 18. Admission: $35 General / $25 Seniors / $15 Students

Sun, Oct 13 – 1:30 to 6 PM (N)*. Seattle International Piano Competition Finalists: Collegiate and Professional Artists. Admission: $35 General / $25 Seniors / $15 Students

Sun, Oct 13 – 8 PM (N). President’s Prizewinner Visiting Artist, Hsiu-Jung Hou in Concert, plus Decoration of 2019 Laureates. Admission: Free

Mon, Oct 14 – 1:30 to 5:30 PM (F). Master Classes with Jurors and Guests of the 2019 SIPF, Featuring the Competitive Talent. Admission: $10 at the door.

Mon, Oct 14 – 6:30 PM (F). 2019 Competition Gold Medalists in Concert. Admission: $20 at the door.

* – attendees may cast votes for the Audience and Teachers’ Favorite Award
(N) – Illsely Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
(F) – Norcliffe Founders’ Room at Benaroya Hall (enter via Performers’ Entrance off 2nd Ave)

Tickets for competitive events of the 2019 SIPF are available through the box office of Benaroya Hall seattlesymphony.org/benaroyahall or 1.866.833.4747

For more information, visit seattlepianocompetition.org/2019-festival/ or write to info@seattlepianocompetition.org