Archive for May, 2009


2009 Piano Competition Winners

May 17, 2009

2009 Steinway Society Piano Competition

Division 1 Winners:
1st Prize: Andrew Li
2nd Prize (Split): Amir Siraj
2nd Prize (Split): Kara Chuang
3rd Prize: Anna Larsen
Honorable Mention:
Kevin Chen

Division 2 Winners:
1st Prize (Split): Kadar Qian
1st Prize (Split): Seho Young
2nd Prize: Chistopher Staknys
3rd Prize: Daniel Kim
Honorable Mention:
Kevin Zhu
Victor Li
Mirella Gruesser-Smith
Derek Wang

Division 3 Winners:
1st Prize: Emma Liu
2nd Prize: Mackenzie Melemed
3rd Prize: Tristian Smith
Honorable Mention:
Elias Dagher
Keyo Nagai
Winston Huang
Liang-Shun Lim
Silas Chan


2009 Piano Competition Results

May 16, 2009

Division 3:
1st Prize- Emma Liu
2nd Prize- Mackenzie Melemed
3rd Prize- Tristian Smith

Honorable Mention:
Elias Dagher
Kayo Nagai
Winston Huang

Division 1:
1st Prize- Andrew Li
2nd Prize(split)- Amir Siraj
2nd Prize(split)- Kara Chueng
3rd Prize- Anna Larsen

Honorable Mention- Kevin Chen

All 1st 2nd 3rd Prize winners will perform in the recital on Sunday at 4pm. All are invited to attend.



2009 Piano Competition

May 16, 2009

The Division 1 auditions are complete. The judges will announce a winner later this evening. Please check back.



2009 Piano Competition

May 15, 2009

A reminder to all 2009 Piano Competition participants:
Please arrive at promptly at your designated check in time. We will be unable to accommodate early or late check-ins.



Is it ever too late to learn something new?

May 4, 2009

I can’t tell you how often someone comes into our piano showroom, runs his or her hand lovingly over a beautiful new piano, and says, “I wish I had learned how to play the piano when I was younger.”

I understand the sentiment. I, too, wish I had learned to play the piano when I was younger. It is a wonderful instrument with an incredible range of “voices” and untold possibilities. But, as a student, I migrated to the saxophone. But the lure of the keyboard remained. 

So now I am finally doing something about it. At the advanced age of… well, never mind how old I am. Let’s just say that I am no longer a child. But I am finally taking piano lessons. 

In fact, there is an incredibly powerful movement across the country among adults who are either returning to the piano after an absence of many years, or taking up the instrument for the first time. The stigma of being “too old” to learn a skill like playing the piano no longer applies. 

At M. Steinert & Sons we have started several programs for returning piano student or new student of “advanced” age. Our students range from retirees to young professionals, empty-nest mothers to couples sharing a new experience. It is a real melting pot! 

The best part is that many, if not most, of our older piano students are taking group classes. What was once viewed as a solitary and isolated learning process has become socially interactive and — dare I say it — fun. 

Apparently, the answer to the question at the start of this post is, “No.” You are NEVER too old to learn something new, even when that “something” is playing the piano. 

If you are interested in resuming your piano education, or in starting anew, check out the class schedule on the M. Steinert & Sons web site ( 

Brendan Murphy