International Institute for Young Musicians Piano Festival

International Institute for Young Musicians Piano Festival

One of the largest and most prestigious piano festivals in the USA

15 categories for both professional and non-professional piano learners

Each participant will receive scores and comments from two jury members

Live broadcasting, watch all videos and jury reviews

Winners could attend the IIYM International Music Academy in the USA next year,

receive a recommendation letter from IIYM Faculty, perform at the IIYM Alumni Online Concert

Introduction


IIYM Introduction

The International Institute for Young Musicians is an American organization dedicated to creating worldclass opportunities for young musicians from around the globe. Since 2013, the annual IIYM International Piano Competition has been one of the largest and most prestigious piano festivals in the United States, with the candidates from all over the world such as USA, China, Korea, Japan etc., judged by the IIYM Faculty, who are selected based on their expertise and interest in teaching on the highest level.

2022-2023, ASDAN China started a long-term strategic partnership with International Institute for Young Musicians, and act as the exclusive partner to promote the freestyle category of the International Institute for Young Musicians Piano Festival in China.

During the Online Piano Festival, the performance video submitted by all the candidates will be broadcast live on the online platform one by one and the international jury will give their review at the end of the performance of each category, facilitating all contestants to show their skills and learn together. After the Online Piano Festival, top candidates will be invited to participate in the IIYM Alumni Online Gala Concert and the IIYM International Music Academy in the United States in July 2023. Top 3 winners aged between 12 and 18 will receive a recommendation letter from a renowned music professor from the IIYM Faculty.

Partners

Jury List


Barry Snyder

Barry Snyder

 
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Barry Snyde Barry Snyder

Barry Snyde Barry Snyder

  • Chairman, IIYM International Piano Competition
  • Senior Emeritus Professor, Eastman School of Music
  • Van Cliburn International Music Competition

Dr.Scott Mcbride Smith

Dr. Scott Mcbride Smith

 
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Dr.Scott Mcbride Smith Dr. Scott Mcbride Smith

Dr.Scott Mcbride Smith

Dr. Scott Mcbride Smith

  • President, U.S. Music Certication Exams, Chair of Global Initiatives
  • Former President, Music Teachers National Association
  • President & CEO, International Institute for Young Musicians
  • Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy, University of Kansas
  • Associate editor, the magazine Clavier Companion
  • Vice President, Novus via Music

Dr.Vladimir Valjarevic

Dr. Vladimir Valjarevic

 
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Dr.Vladimir Valjarevic Dr. Vladimir Valjarevic

Dr.Vladimir Valjarevic

Dr. Vladimir Valjarevic

  • Professor, Mannes School of Music and Director of Piano prep Dept
  • Professor, Rutgers University
  • Visiting Professor, Southern Virginia University
  • Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, IIYM
  • Invited experts, 2017 Music China - Music China Music workshop

Dr.Peter Mack

Dr. Peter Mack

 
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Dr.Peter Mack Dr. Peter Mack

Dr.Peter Mack

Dr. Peter Mack

  • President-elect, Music Teachers National Association
  • Student Winners Teacher, Music Teachers National Association
  • Professor of Piano Performance at Cornish College of the Arts

Patricia Frehlich

Patricia Frehlich

 
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Patricia Frehlich Patricia Frehlich

Patricia Frehlich

Patricia Frehlich

  • Chief of Examiners, U.S. Music Certication Exams
  • Board of Conservatory Canada
  • Former President, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations

Dr.Janet Fetternam

Dr.Janet Fetternam

 
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Dr.Janet Fetternam Dr.Janet Fetternam

Dr.Janet Fetternam

Dr.Janet Fetternam

  • Examiners, U.S. Music Certication Exams
  • President, Kansas City Music Teachers Association
  • Music Board of UMKC, Concert Pianist

JIE BU

Jie Bu

 
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JIE BU Jie Bu

JIE BU

Jie Bu

  • Artistic Director of USMCE, President of Nevada Arts Academy
  • Professor, College of Liberal Arts,University of Nevada Reno
  • Visiting professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music
  • Shenyang Conservatory of Music
  • Central China Normal University
  • Guangzhou University

Fei Xu

Fei Xu

 
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Fei Xu Fei Xu

Fei Xu

Fei Xu

  • Distinguished professor, Piano Department of China Conservatory of music
  • Director of the Piano Department, Afliate Highschool of China Conservatory of Music
  • Student Winners Teacher, President's Award for Teachers of U.S.A.
  • Chinese-American as one of Most important piano educators in U.S.A.
Christopher Zhong

Christopher Zhong

 
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Christopher Zhong Christopher Zhong

Christopher Zhong

Christopher Zhong

  • First Place Winner of national finals, 1992 Music Teaches National Association Piano Competition U.S.A
  • Professor of piano,Shanghai Conservatory of Music
  • Chief Editor ,Shanghai Conservatory of Music Piano Grading Exam Book
  • Instructor, Major International Piano Competition Winners
Kuanwen Wang

Kuanwen Wang

 
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Kuanwen Wang Kuanwen Wang

Kuanwen Wang

Kuanwen Wang

  • Pianist/Professor
  • Associate Professor of Music Middle School affiliate with Shanghai Conservatory of Music
  • Artistic Liaison,”Play For Future” Piano Competition,Shanghai
  • Recipient of 2021 “ The Most Beautiful Family” in Shanghai
  • Jury Member of The Forth USMCE International Piano Competition,2021“Homage Chopin” 2nd International Piano Competition for Young Artists, 2021 Steinway National Piano Competition for Young Artists, 2021 St. Petersburg International Music Competition

Judging Criteria

 
Public Category
No. Group Age Program length Repertoire
1 Public 1 Age 17 and above
(Born on or before December 31, 2006)
Within 15 minutes 
((no less than 13 minutes)
1. One étude; 2. One other program
2 Public 2 Age 14 to 16 ((Born between Dec. 31, 2006 and Dec. 30, 2008) Within 15 minutes
((no less than 13 minutes)
1. One étude; 2. one or more other program
3 Public 3 Age 12 to 14
((Born between Dec. 31, 2008 and Dec. 30, 2010)
Within 15 minutes
((no less than 13 minutes)
1. One étude; 2.  one or two other program
Freestyle Category
No. Group Repertoire Program length Special Comments
4 Grade 1 Perform a piece of your own choice
(No restrictions on genre or style, Chinese or western classical work both ok)
Within 4 minutes Piano majors students from the Primary and Secondary Schools of Music Conservatory can not participate in this category
5 Grade 2
6 Grade 3
7 Grade 4
8 Grade 5
9 Grade 6
10 Grade 7 Within 5 minutes
11 Grade 8
12 Grade 9
13 Grade 10
14 Grade 11
15 Grade 12

Judging Criteria

1. Each contestant will receive scores from 2 professional judges, and comment from one judge.
2. Each program must be played and recorded complete.
3. The competition results will not be changed once announced. The organizing committee reserves the right of nal interpretation of the results.
4. The total score of each contestant's performance is 100, the jury will evaluate the contestants' performances in terms of general Impression, musical expression, and technique.
5. All program must be played from memory.

Awards and Advanced Events

● Online Piano Festival (January 14 & 15, 2023)

During the festival, videos of all contestants will be broadcast online by different group one by one. An international jury will give their review after all the performance videos have been played.

Each contestant can watch all the videos and the reviews through online platform during the live broadcasting, so ensure an open, fair and transparent competition. In this way, the festival would provide all the participants with an opportunity to learn from and communicate with each other, helping every young pianist who loves music to improve their skills.

● IIYM Alumni Online Gala Concert (January 29, 2023)

IIYM Piano Festival and IIYM International Music Academy have cultivated a number of outstanding alumni, among them are those who have been accomplished in both piano and academic areas, and who have entered top universities and music conservatories such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford University, Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.

To shorten the distance through music, and to learn from each other by exchanging musical ideas with outstanding players across the world, IIYM Alumni Online Gala Concert will invite the elite alumni of IIYM to perform with the champion of each category together at the concert.

● IIYM International Music Academy (July, 2023)

Organized by International Institute for Young Musicians and supported by the music conservatory of University of Kansas, IIYM International Music Academy has been held annually since 2003. It is designed for young musicians who are determined to pursue a career in music. The students will be taught by faculty from top music conservatories such as The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Kansas, University of Houston etc. The students will not only attend concert performance and master classes, but also receive private lessons, experience the charm of music during the two-week camp.

【Awards】

Award: Participate Prize 40%, Third Prize 30%, Second Prize 20%, First Prize 10%
Online Gala Concert:The champion of each group will perform at the Online Gala Concert
Letter of Recommendation:Honorable Mention Winners (top 3 contestants in each category from Grade 7-12 with a score above 90) will receive a letter of recommendation from a leading music professor from MTNA
Music Academy:Winners of First Prize and Second Prize in each category of the Freestyle Category will be invited to participate in the International Music Academy in July, 2023 in the USA

【Certificates】

All participants will receive an award certicate for the Online Piano Festival

How to Apply

【Application】

Click the Button “Sign up” on the top right to fill information, sumit your application form

【Schedule】

December 1, 2022: Application & Video Summiting Deadline
January 14 & 15, 2023: Online Piano Festival
January 16, 2023: Results Announcement
January 29, 2023: IIYM Alumni Online Gala Concert
July, 2023: IIYM International Music Academy

【Video Submitting Requirements】

  • The camara should stay in a fxed position to maintain the same posture and orientation, and do not walk and shake the camera while recording.
  • The video should be recorded in landscape direction, and the upper body of the player should be in the lens frame, with his/her hands and piano keyboard clearly visible.
  • No editing, no filtering, no cutting, and the video must be in good quality.
  • The size of the video file should not exceed 500M, and the video's audio and video should be synchronized, the video should be named after Participant's Category + Name.
  • Please fill in the program information (Composer and program name in both Chinese and English) during registration. The submitted video must be identical with the program information in the registration form (possible to change 2 weeks before the registration deadline).
  • The contestant should send the video recording together with program information (Composer and program name in both Chinese and English) to our email iiym@seedasdan.org before December 1, 2022. The email title shall be named after the contestant's category and name.

Regional Consultants


Northern China

Northern China

Beijing, Tianjin,Shanxi,Shandong,Hebei,Henan,Inner Mongolia,Heilongjiang,Jilin,Liaoning

Ms Zhao 18310263191


Eastern China

Eastern China

Shanghai,Jiangsu

Ms Wu 13166025498


Eastern China

Eastern China

Zhejiang

Ms Wang 15618633087


Southern China

Southern China

Guangdong,Guangxi,Fujian,Hainan,Hong Kong,Macau,Taiwan,Overseas

Ms Li 15507502864


Western China

Western China

Shaanxi,Sichuan,Chongqing,Yunnan,Guizhou,Ningxia,Gansu,Qinghai, Tibet

Ms Li 18502808484


Central China

Central China

Hunan,Hubei,Anhui,Jiangxi,Xinjiang

Mr Wang 13086629260

Q&A

1. Do I have to submit program information when I register?
This is not mandatory and you can change the program information any time after you have completed your registration. Please note that the program information must include the title of the work and the name of the composer in both English and Chinese, and must match the program in the final uploaded video.
2. I am currently in Grade 6 and will be in Grade 7 when the new semester starts in September, how should I choose my age group?
Please choose your age group according to the grade you will be in when new semester starts in September, so you should choose Grade 7.
3. How do I submit my performance video?
Participants should send the performance video and the program information (name of composer + title of program in both English and Chinese) together to the organizing committee: iiym@seedasdan.org before 1 December, 2022. The email title should be named after "category + participant's name".
4. What is award setting and will all the participants receive the certificates?
Award setting: Participate Prize 40%, Third Prize 30%, Second Prize 20%, First Prize 10%. Each participant will receive an award certificate. Honorable Mention Winners (top 3 contestants in each category from Grade 7-12 with a score above 90) will receive a letter of recommendation from a leading music professor from MTNA
5. If I participated in the freestyle category, can I still apply for the public category?
Yes. Applications for the public category are open from October 2022 to January 2023,the competition rules and regulations will be announced before applications open. With higher repertoire requirements, more detailed scoring rules and different advanced statements, the public category is designed to those students who wish to persue a career in music and piano performance.
6. What are the prizes and advance rules for the public category?
First, Second, Third Prizes and Honorable Mention set for Public Category, Group 1 to 3. There will be one first, second and third prize of each group, the number of Honorable Mention Awards is set in proportion to the number of results and entries. The champion of each category will be invited to participate in the final round of IIYM Piano Festival and the International Music Academy in July, 2023 in the USA.