- 1st Place – 10,000 USD (increased from 2015!)
- 2nd Place – 5,000 USD
- Zhang Ning and Liu Yuanzhang
Memorial 3rd Place – 3,000 USD
From Ming Fukushi, underwriter of the Third Prize:
I grew up in Beijing, China. On a summer night in 1966 when I was three years old my father and other nine relatives were arrested in Beijing, China.
They were victims of the Cultural Revolution, a social-political movement against intellectuals. My father spent nine years in prison while my mother raised my sister and me alone, stretching limited savings by selling my father’s clothing and our best furniture.
In this sad and desolate situation my mother still managed to find a piano teacher for us. A piano of our own was out of the question but a kind neighbor allowed us to use her piano before she came home from work. Every afternoon I would rush home from school to practice.
When my father was released he received back pay for the years he spent in prison. The first thing he bought was a brand new piano for my sister and me. It cost ten months of my father’s salary as a professor at China Academy of Sciences.
My husband, Todd Fukushi, and I would like to support the Piano-e-Competition in tribute to my parents for their love to my sister and me and their vision of the importance of a musical education in one’s life.
Thank you, Professor Braginsky, for giving me this opportunity to honor my parents. I feel that I have found a harbor for my love for music as well.
Thank you to the Piano-e-Competition Officers and Partners. We look forward to meeting young musicians for years to come.
- 4th Place – 2,000 USD
- 5th Place – 1,000 USD
- The Schubert Prize - $500 for the best performance of the required Schubert piece in the Second Round. The International Jury selects the winner of this prize. The competition reserves the right NOT to award the prize if the sufficient consensus in not reached by the International Jury. The winner of the Schubert Prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
- The Variations Prize - $500 will be awarded for the best performance of Beethoven or Mendelssohn Variations in the Semi-Final Round. The International Jury selects the winner of this prize. The competition reserves the right NOT to award the prize if the sufficient consensus in not reached by the International Jury. The winner of the Variations prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Thursday, July 11, 2017.
- additional prizes may be added