Last weekend the winners of the 7th Bösendorfer and Yamaha USasu International Piano Competition were announced. The competition features prominent pianists from around the world ranging from ages 19 to 32.
Sung Chang prevailed against all others to receive the $15,000 David Katzin Award and the extraordinary opportunity to perform with the Phoenix Symphony. She also won the Sangyoung Kim Award of $1,000 recognizing her for having the most outstanding performance in the competition. Vanessa Meiling Haynes won the Senior Piano Competition for ages 16 through 18 and received $4,000. Haozhou Wang received the gold medal and $3,000 for the junior competition featuring ages 13 to 15.
“This year’s festival featured many of the top young pianists from some of the world’s greatest music schools and teachers, including The Juilliard School, the Moscow Conservatory, the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover, the Royal College of Music in London and Arizona State University,” Baruch Meir, director of the competition, said. “The talent on display throughout the competition was remarkable.”