The Seventh bi-annual Seattle International Piano Competition (SIPF 2017) will take place at Benaroya Hall on September 30 – October 1, 2017. Thirty-seven international finalists were chosen from among 300 applicants. These top participants — nationals of Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, 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.
SATURDAY, SEPT 30 (N). Unranked Winners of the Youth, ages 9 and under and Outstanding Amateurs, as well as top-ranked Collegiate and Professional Semifinalists. Attendees may vote for the Audience and Teachers’ Favorites award. 12:00 to 3:15 pm
Admission: $35 general, $25 seniors, and $15 students (available at the box office or through seattlesymphony.org/benaroyahall)
SATURDAY, SEPT 30 (N). Seattle Int’l Piano Competition Finalists. Youth, ages 10 to 18. Attendees may vote for the Audience and Teachers’ Favorites award. 4:15 to 5:15, and 5:40 to 7:00 pm, respectively Admission: $35 general, $25 seniors, and $15 students (available at the box office or through seattlesymphony.org/benaroyahall)
SUNDAY, OCT 1 (N). Seattle Int’l Piano Competition Finalists. Collegiate and Professional Artists. Attendees may vote for the Audience and Teachers’ Favorites award. 1:30 to 3:30, and 3:50 to 7:00 pm, respectively Admission: $35 general, $25 seniors, and $15 students (available at the box office or through seattlesymphony.org/benaroyahall)
SUNDAY, OCT 1 (N). 2015 President’s Prizewinner and guest artist, Hidemi Minagawa, in concert, plus decoration of 2017 laureates. 8:00 pm. Admission: Free
MONDAY, OCT 2 (F). Master classes throughout the afternoon with jurors and guests of the 2017 Seattle Int’l Piano Competition & Festival and featuring the competitive talent. 1:30 to 5:30 pm. Admission: $10 at the door.
MONDAY, OCT 2 (F). 2017 Seattle Int’l Piano Competition Winners’ Concert — hear gold medalists again in recital from each of the fully-competitive divisions (Youth 10-18, Collegiate, and Professional). 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Admission: $20 at the door.
(N) – Illsely Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall (entry through box office at corner of Union & 3rd) (F) – Norcliffe Founders’ Room (entry through Artists’ Entrance off of 2nd)
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Directions from I-5 South: Take exit 165 on the left to merge onto Seneca Street. Turn right at Fourth Avenue. Turn left at Union Street followed by another left onto 2nd Avenue. The Benaroya garage parking entrance will be on your immediate left.
Directions from I-5 North: Take exit 165B to merge onto Union Street. Continue five blocks, followed by a left onto 2nd Avenue. The Benaroya garage parking entrance will be on your immediate left.
All events take place in either Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, or the Norcliffe Founders Room, all inside Benaroya Hall. Please ask a Benaroya Hall staff person for directions on either of these two venues.
TRAFFIC NOTICE: Due to resurfacing of 2nd avenue during the weekend of the SIPF, attendees are warned to arrive early, as the traffic congestion will be significant. We are told by Benaroya staff that the parking garage off of 2nd avenue will still be accessible.