WIPAC GALA IS NOVEMBER 17th and feature a grand Trio Concert with world famous artists Jose Ramos Santana, piano ,Jose Miguel Cueto, Violin, Jacqueline Neimat, soprano, along with DINNER, DANCING, and AUCTIONS
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(See invitation and response card in the panel to the left)..
The Fourteenth Washington International Piano Artists Competition was held Friday August 5th to Sunday, August 7th in Washington, DC. Preliminary Rounds started August 5th with Semifinal Round on August 6th and Final Round on August 7th. Prelims were at GWU, Phillips Hall, B120 930AM to 6PM Friday; Semis were 1:30PM to 6PM Saturday; Finals were at Sphinx Club, 1315 K St. NW. The general public is cordially invited to attend these events, prelims - free; semi and finals requires a r.s.v.p. to attend the dinner following.
Our annual GALA is in support of this competition event and the fantastic pianists from all walks of life and from many countries. Each is a powerful inspiration to us all. The GALA also supports several additional concerts, including the Spring and Fall Piano Concert Series at Kosciuszko Foundation in Washington, DC, and our annual Winners Grand Prix Concert, featuring winners of worldwide competitions, that are similar to WIPAC's.
Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC) was established in 2001 to promote international friendship and mutual understanding among nations, to provide an educational forum for all levels of professional and non-professional pianists, to help generate a renaissance of interest in great piano artistry, and to provide venues worldwide where classical music can flourish in many communities.
To further its goals, WIPAC has developed a 5 Year Plan which aims to make the organization take on an expanded mission. In addition, a sponsor gift-giving brochure is available upon request. Over the past 14 consecutive years, WIPAC has hosted an annual Festival of Music and an International Piano Artists Competition for pianists 31years and older in Washington, DC, during the months of July/August. It is the only competition of its kind that has been presented consecutively year after year, in the U.S.A. Our sister competition in Paris is in its 28th year in 2017, and WIPAC is in its 15th year. WIPAC also hosts annually the unique and exciting “Winners Grand Prix Piano Concert” in April, which features multiple winners of adult international piano competitions worldwide.
WIPAC, a purveyor of classical piano music, continues to present piano concerts in our nation's capital featuring both professional and fully qualified non-professional piano artists (those not fully engaged as professional pianists; those often engaged in other professions to earn a living or retired, e.g., winners of our annual piano competition). WIPAC presents pianists in cooperation with universities, orchestras, museums and embassies throughout the Washington, DC METRO area, and has branches of cooperation in Pennsylvania (Cheney U.), Azerbaijan; Japan & Poland. In 2015, WIPAC presented the First Festival of Piano Music in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, in partnership with Maryland State Sisterhood Program under the auspices of the Office of the Secretary of State and The Kanagawa Prefecture Government. Many other new international events are in planning stages.
For sample recordings by WIPAC PIANISTS, visit our HIGHLIGHTS PAGE (see tabs above). These feature non-professional artists, growing and glowing, and sharing their great artistry with you.
WIPAC is registered as a non-profit entity under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and derives its support from the generosity of those who believe that music and the performing arts contribute to the enrichment of our lives.
The Festival of Music and Washington International Piano Artists Competition is scheduled in late JULY or early AUGUST, annually. Detailed information is provided as soon as available on the COMPETITIONS page of this website. Interested pianists are encouraged to contact WIPAC for further information on dates, eligibility, and preparation requirements. Previous year requirements may be used as a basis for pianists to prepare. Final applications for the current year are posted after most details of the competition are finalized; e.g., locations, etc.
Over the past 13 years since its inception, WIPAC has been very privileged to have presented annual piano concerts at foreign embassies in Washington, DC, and the Board is very grateful for the ongoing cooperation from the embassies of Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, France, Bulgaria, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Germany, Serbia, Iceland, Philippines, Malaysia, Finland and Luxembourg, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and the Kosciuszko Foundation (DC Chapter).
WIPAC also has organized fabulous musical galas with the gracious patronage of many Ambassadors. WIPAC concert events and galas have also featured generous performances of First Prize Winners of the WIPAC International Piano Artists Competition.
We cordially invite our audiences and supporters to join our membership and support groups so that we may continue to make piano music artistry flourish in our community. Let great music live and continue to enrich our hearts and minds and bring peace to our world!
Chateau Gardecki, Board Chair