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Chopin Competition Results and Stats

Published on October 21, 2010

The Winner!

Name: Chaoyin Cai
Age: 27
Teacher:  Christopher Taylor
School:  UW-Madison School of Music    
Degree:  DMA 2012         
Etude:  Op. 25 No. 6
Second Piece:  Polonaise Fantaisie, Op. 61

Grand Prize:  a 2011 recital at Symphony Space in New York and a weeklong trip to Poland for an international debut recital in Warsaw

Honorable Mention:


Name:  Drew Petersen
Age:  16
Teacher:  Miyoko Lotto 
School:   Harvard              
Degree:  BA 2012              
Etude:  Op. 10 No. 10 
Second Piece:  Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22

Honorable Mention:  A project at Symphony Space during the 2011-2012 season in collaboration with Artistic Director Laura Kaminsky

Audience Favorite:

Name:  Yunjie Chen     
Age:  29                
Teacher:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi 
School:  Cleveland Institute of Music       
Degree:  Artist Diploma 2011       
Etude:  Op. 10 No. 5
Second Piece:  Prelude No.17-24

Some stats from Tuesday’s New York Frederic Chopin Piano Competition:

Youngest Contestant:  16
Oldest Contestant: 32

Female/Male: 55%/45%

Degrees Represented:
High School Diploma, Graduate Diploma, BA, DMA, BM, MM, PSD, Artist Diploma

Schools Represented:
New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, University of Cincinnati, Harvard, University of Miami, Manhattan School of Music, The Brearly School, San Francisco Conservatory, UW-Madison School of Music, Juilliard, Cleveland Institute of Music

Countries Represented:
United States, Israel, South Korea, Taiwan, Poland, Ukraine, China, Italy

Most frequent area code:
(201) New Jersey

Most Popular Etudes:
Op. 25 No. 10 and Op. 10 No. 4 (both played 3 times)

Most Popular Second Piece:
Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22 (played 5 times)

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