July 24-31, 2016

Loyola University, New Orleans

Twelve of the worlds most talented up-and-coming pianists are invited to New Orleans for a week of magnificent piano playing as semifinalists competing for performance and cash prizes totaling over $35,000. The NOIPC runs in conjunction with the New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival featuring masterclasses and recitals open to the public. In addition, Guest Artists Marianna Prjevalskaya of Spain and Danny Driver of the United Kingdom will be presenting solo recitals.

Sunday, July 24

Recital: Marianna Prjevalskaya, 4:00 pm

Monday, July 25

Semifinal Round I, day one , 7:00 pm

Tuesday, July 26

Semifinal Round I, day two, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 27

Semifinal Round I, day three, 7:00 pm

Thursday, July 28

Semifinal Round II, day one, 7:00 pm

Friday, July 29

Semifinal Round II, day two, 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 30

Recital: Danny Driver, 7:00 pm

Sunday, July 31

Final Round, 2:00 pm

Competition Rounds and Recitals take place in Loyola University's Roussel Hall.

The 12 Semifinalists invited to New Orleans to compete in the 26th New Orleans International Piano Competition are:

Scott Cuellar, USA

Christopher Goodpasture, USA

Matthew Graybil, USA

Yewon Jeong, South Korea

Saetbyeol Kim, South Korea

Yejin Noh, South Korea

Kyle Orth, USA

Liana Paniyeva, Ukraine

Alexander Soares, United Kingdom

Xiaohui Yang, China

Hyun Ji You, South Korea

Re Zhang, China

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

The 2016 NOIPC Jurors
Recorded/Preliminary Round

  • Raymond Gitz, USA
  • Frank Heneghan, Ireland
  • Brian Hsu, USA
  • Lina Morita, USA
  • Daniel Weilbaecher, USA
Semifinal and Final Rounds
  • Daniel Weilbaecher, chair
  • Peter Collins, USA
  • Danny Driver, United Kingdom
  • Faina Lushtak, Russia/USA
  • Marianna Prjevalskaya, Spain
  • Nelita True, USA

Competition Description

The goal of the competition is to provide opportunities for the most gifted and communicative musicians to further their careers and to offer to the community an opportunity to discover the world’s finest pianistic talents. To this end, the Twenty-sixth New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC) will be held in conjunction with the annual summer New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival, both hosted by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans.

For Guidelines, Competition Rules, and Repertoire Requirements, please click here and follow the instructions for starting an application. All materials must be submitted online.

Competition Prizes

First Prize $15,000

($5,000 cash award, $10,000 performance fees*)

including these performances:

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra

Baton Rouge Symphony

Solo performance, Wigmore Hall, London

An exclusive one-on-one career development consultation with executive leadership at Astral Artists

Second Prize $10,000

($8,000 cash award, $2,000 performance fees)

Third Prize $5,000

($4,000 cash award, $1,000 performance fees)

Semifinalist Prizes (9)


In addition to these awards, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans will present the Clarence "Pete" Wolbrette Jury Discretionary Award of $1000 in memory of MASNO friend and long-time recording engineer Pete Wolbrette.  

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