2018 Winners

The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation announces the awardees of the 9th New York International Piano Competition. Held at The Manhattan School of Music from June 18-22, 2018, the NYIPC presented pianists, ages 16-21, from around the globe.

A first in the world of competitions, and a unique feature of the NYIPC, no participant is eliminated during the competition’s four rounds. The Foundation also presents a cash award to each of the contestants not receiving a major prize.

Congratulations to the extraordinary young pianists who participated!


JOYCE B. COWIN FIRST PRIZE

Youlan Ji, Age 19
Country of Birth: China
Residence: New York, NY


SECOND PRIZE

Zoie Shuk Yi Tse, Age 20
Country of Birth: Hong Kong
Residence: Oberlin, OH


THIRD PRIZE

Nejc Kamplet, Age 21
Country of Birth: Slovenia
Residence: Moribor, Slovenia


FOURTH PRIZE

Yilun Xu, Age 21
Country of Birth: China
Residence: New York, NY


BEST PERFORMANCE OF REQUIRED CONTEMPORARY WORK
Toccata (Troika) by Gregory Spears

Yiying Niu, Age 20
Country of Birth: China
Residence: New York, NY


MELVIN STECHER AND NORMAN HOROWITZ FIRST PRIZE
ONE-PIANO, FOUR HANDS ENSEMBLE
Michael Davidman, Age 21
Country of Birth: United States
Residence: New York, NY
Kimberly Han, Age 17
Country of Birth: United States
Residence: Lake Forest, IL

Tied For SECOND PRIZE
ONE-PIANO, FOUR HANDS ENSEMBLE
Yilun Xu, Age 21
Country of Birth: China
Residence: New York, NY
Nejc Kamplet, Age 21
Country of Birth: Slovenia
Residence: Moribor, Slovenia
Eric Lin, Age 17
Country of Birth: United States
Reidence: Falls Church, VA
Carter Johnson, Age 21
Country of Birth: Canada
Residence: Vancouver, BC

In addition to the prizes awarded, a finalists award was presented to each of the remaining contestants.
Xinyao Feng (China)
Liam Kaplan (United States)
Siyuan Liu (China)
Jie Luo (China)
Coco Ma (Canada)
Catherine Ma (Canada)
Millicent McFall (United States)
Matyas Novak (Czech Republic)
Ryan Soeyadi (United States)
Angeni Wang (Canada)
Zhehao Wang (China)
Muzi Zhao (China)