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2011 Piano Competition Winner (Full List)

May 3, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS! Below are all the winners/honorable mentions of the Steinway Society Piano Competition 2011

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DIVISION 1

1st place: Elizabeth Winslow Maimone

2nd place: Leon Fan

3rd place: Rubin Zhu

Honorable Mention: Kyle Chen, Amir Siraj, Elizabeth Zhang

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Division 2

1st Place: TIE: Victor Li
Kevin Chen

2nd Place: TIE: Siddharth Arun
Daniel Shaar

3rd Place: Victor Zhang

Honorable Mention: Xuan Chau
Tiffany Lu
Kevin Sherman
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DIVISION 3

1st place: Luke Halberstadt–BACH

2nd place: Lana Suran–DUMKA

3rd place: TIE: Oliver Xie–SCARLATTI
Raagini Rameshwar–MOZART

Honorable Mention: Kevin Ren, Layla Siraj

Thank you for your participation–we wish you the very best with your continuing piano education, playing, and enjoyment!

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2011 Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition Winners

May 1, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS! Below are all the winners/honorable mentions of the Steinway Society Piano Competition 2011, Division 1.
Please be sure to be at Steinert’s Sunday May 1 no later than 3:45pm for the Winners Concert at Steinert’s, 162 Boylston St., Boston,
on the 3rd floor. While we congratulate all of you and look forward to seeing all of you here, only the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be performing at the concert.

Thank you again for your participation–we wish you the very best with your continuing piano education, playing, and enjoyment!

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DIVISION 1

1st place: Elizabeth Winslow Maimone

2nd place: Leon Fan

3rd place: Rubin Zhu

Honorable Mention: Kyle Chen, Amir Siraj, Elizabeth Zhang

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Division 2 Winners Announced

May 2, 2010

1st Place – Andrew Li
2nd Place – Yinian Tang
3rd Place (tie) – Kevin Zhu
3rd Place (tie) – Kevin Chen
Honorable Mentions: Sarah Goodman, Kevin Ren, Amir Siraj

Congratulations to all the winners.
A reminder that all Division 2 participants will receive a medal to be presented at the Winners Recital at 7pm Sunday May 2 at Steinert Hall. So please attend the recital to collect your medal even if you did not place among the winners.

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Division 1 Winners

May 1, 2010

1st place – Jessica Gao
2nd place – Simonida Spasojevic
3rd place – Ririko Uchida

Honorable Mentions: Leon Fan, Elizabeth Zhang, and Rubin Zou

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Division 3 Winners

May 1, 2010

1st Place – Chi Wei Lo
2nd Place – Mackenzie Melemed (tie)
2nd Place – Eun Mee Hong (tie)
3rd Place – Yong Murray

Honorable Mentions: Eric Zhang, Winston Huang, Matthew Wu, Henry Zavriyen

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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 (http://www.msteinert.com). 

Brendan Murphy

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2009 Piano Competition Dates Announced

February 16, 2009

The Steinway Society of Massachusetts annual Piano Competition will be held May 16-17, 2009, at historic Steinert Hall, 162 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.

The Steinway Society’s Piano Competition is open to amateur pianists in three age divisions: 9 and under, 10-12 and 13-18. Preliminary rounds will be held on Saturday, May 16, with the final competition in all divisions taking place on Sunday, May 17. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Entry applications are available on-line at www.steinwaysocietyofmassachusetts.org, or at any M. Steinert & Sons showroom in Boston or Natick. Deadline for entries is April 17, 2009.

For additional information or a competition application, call (866) 871-9786 or e-mail:  steinwaycompetition@comcast.net.