Herberger Institute

piano competition

Wells Fargo

Alink-Argerich Foundation

Bösendorfer Winners
ages 19–32

1st prize: Eric Zuber, USA
2nd prize: Jaekyung Yoo,
South Korea
3rd prize: Lindsay Garritson, USA

Yamaha Winners
ages 16–18

1st prize: Leonardo Colafelice, Italy
2nd prize: Gabrielle Chou, Taiwan/USA
3rd prize: Ming Xie,
People’s Republic of China

Yamaha Winners
ages 13–15

1st prize: Yike Yang, Canada
2nd prize: Carmen Knoll, USA
3rd prize: Patrick Pan, USA

Special Awards

Sangoung Kim Special Award
Bösendorfer Competition

Jaekyung Yoo, South Korea

Sarra and Emmanuil
Senderov Award

Bösendorfer Winner:
Sejoon Park, USA/South Korea

Yamaha Winner:
Leonardo Colafelice, Italy

Yehuda Meir Award
Bösendorfer Winner:
Eric Zuber, USA

Yamaha Winner:
Leonardo Colafelice, Italy

National Society of Arts
and Letters Award
Bösendorfer competition:

Mauricio Arias, Columbia (Arizona Resident)

Young Artist Committee Award
Yamaha competition:

Joey Ian-Joe Chang, USA (Arizona Resident)


Watch Live

Jan 07
Jan 08
Jan 09
Jan 10
Jan 11

Yamaha Senior:
Jan 09
Jan 11

Yamaha Junior:
Jan 10
Jan 12

Yamaha Junior and Senior Winners' Recital
Jan 12

Piano Competition
January 2013

USASU International Piano Competition
ASU Herberger Institute
School of Music

Honorary Advisory Board
Sulamita Aronovsky, UK
Jaime Ingram, Panama
Jerome Lowenthal, USA
Garrick Ohlsson, USA
Menahem Pressler, USA
Pnina Salzman, Israel (in memoriam)

Young Artist Committee

Ot Jewelers

Four Points Sheraton

The 6th Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International
Piano Competition

Jan. 6–13, 2013

Forty-two outstanding pianists from around the globe make their way to Tempe, Ariz. in January as the ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts hosts the 6th Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitions in collaboration with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Young Artist Committee, Bösendorfer, Yamaha, and the Arizona Piano Gallery. The public is invited to witness these fantastic young artists from January 6–13, 2013 in a competition that is considered one of the best in the world.

A total of 198 pianists from 31 countries applied to compete. The 42 selected by a screening committee compete in the semi-final and final rounds for prizes including over $50,000 of cash awards, engagements with the Phoenix Symphony, and recital performances in the United States, Austria and Germany for the winners.

The semi-final and final rounds of the Yamaha junior and senior competitions and the semi-final round of the Bösendorfer competition are free and open to the public.

Join us as well for these ticketed performances:

Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition Opening Gala Concert
with Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan
Jan. 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall
Tickets: $29–$89

Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition for Young Pianists, Winners' Recital and Awards Ceremony
Jan. 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall
Tickets: $12–$25

Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition Concert of Finalists with The Phoenix Symphony under the baton of Michael Christie
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Symphony Hall
Tickets: $11–$19

More details on the competition schedule will be posted on this website shortly.

Host a Young Artist:

Many of the competitors are flying to Arizona from European and Asian countries and would prefer to stay with host families in the area.

If you are interested in serving as a host family, please contact the competition office by email: pianocompetition@asu.edu or by phone: 480.965.8740.

2013 Competition Jury:
Martha Argerich, Argentina
Sergei Babayan, USA 
Robert Hamilton, USA 
Choong Mo Kang, Korea/USA 
Yanina Kudlik, Israel 
Baruch Meir, Chairman, Israel/USA


Baruch Meir

Dr. Baruch Meir, President and Artistic Director
Associate Professor of Piano
ASU Herberger Institute School of Music