2016 Washington International Piano Artists Competition
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PROGRAM (sans Cover Sheets) (updated from Printed program)
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FIRST PRIZE WINNER
SECOND PRIZE WINNER
THIRD PRIZE WINNER
AUDIENCE & PRESS AWARDS
Jeanne Backofen Craig
SPECIAL AWARDS: Best performances for………
BACH - Reiko Osawa
BEETHOVEN - Ken Iisaka, Beethoven
CHOPIN – Suzanna Laramee
Liszt - Deirbhile Brennan
RAVEL – Ken Iisaka
ROMANTIC - Simon Finlow
SPIRIT OF THE AMATEUR PIANISTS
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Washington International Piano Arts Council held the 2016 Washington International Piano Artists Competition, 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: $25. $10 Programs. Please be generous.
Join us annually in support of these fantastic pianists from all walks of life and from many countries,each one a powerful inspiration to us all.
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 create a renaissance of interest in the art of 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 13 consecutive years, WIPAC has hosted an annual Festival of Music and an International Piano Competition for outstanding amateur 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 27th year in 2016 and WIPAC is in its 14th year. WIPAC also hosts annually the unique and exciting “Winners Grand Prix Piano Concert” in April, which features four winners of 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 non-professional pianists in cooperation with universities, museums and embassies throughout the Washington, DC METRO area, and we are branching out to Pennsylvania and Sourth Caroline. Most recently branching out globally, WIPAC has presented the First Festival of 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 with new artistry to share.
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 France, Bulgaria, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, 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