July 22-29, 2018

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 concurrently with the New Orleans Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute (NOPI) featuring masterclasses and recitals open to the public. Guest Artists Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano and Chloé Kiffer, violin will open the festival with a duo recital featuring the works of Stravinsky and Ravel inspired by Robert Craft's book Stravinsky: Discoveries & Memories.

Sunday, July 22

Guest Artist Recital: Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano and Chloé Kiffer, violin, 4:00 pm

Monday, July 23

Semifinal Round I, day one , 7:00 pm

Tuesday, July 24

Semifinal Round I, day two, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 25

Semifinal Round I, day three, 7:00 pm

Thursday, July 26

Semifinal Round II, day one, 7:00 pm

Friday, July 27

Semifinal Round II, day two, 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 28

NOPI Student Showcase Recital, 10:30 am

Sunday, July 29

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 27th New Orleans International Piano Competition are:

Sung Chang, South Korea

Yixiang Hou, China

Jaeweon David Huh, South Korea

Andreas Ioannides, United Kingdom

Arisa Onoda, Japan

Robert Levinger, United States

Scott MacIsaac, Canada

Misuzu Tanaka, Japan

Alessandro Tosi, Italy

Lin Ye, China

Hyun Ji You, South Korea

Ziang Xu, China

The 2018 NOIPC Jurors
Recorded/Preliminary Round

  • Raymond Gitz, USA
  • Frank Heneghan, Ireland
  • Brian Hsu, USA
  • Lina Morita, USA
  • Daniel Weilbaecher, USA
Semifinal and Final Rounds
  • Jennifer Hayghe, USA
  • Igal Kesselman, Israel/USA
  • Alexandre Moutouzkine, Russia/USA
  • Nigel Grant Rogers, United Kingdom
  • Gregory Sioles, USA
  • Nancy Weems, USA
  • Daniel Weilbaecher, Chairman of the Jury, 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-seventh New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC) will be held in conjunction with the annual summer New Orleans Keyboard Festival (NOKF) and Piano Institute (NOPI), both hosted by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans.

Competition Prizes

  • $15,000
    • ($5,000 cash award, $10,000 performance fees*)
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra:
    • Season Subscription concert and Concerto Showcase
  • Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
  • Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
  • Solo Recitals:
    • Solo Recital on the Tuesday Matinee Series in New York's Merkin Concert Hall for the 2019-2020 Season.
  • An exclusive one-on-one career development consultation with executive leadership at Astral Artists
  • $10,000
    • ($8,000 cash award, $2,000 performance fees)
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra:
    • Concerto Showcase
  • Solo Recitals:
    • TBD
  • $5,000
    • ($4,000 cash award, $1,000 performance fee)
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra:
    • Concerto Showcase
  • Nine (9) $750 each

*Performance engagements and their associated fees are offered the winners of the competition in good faith at the time of the competition by the auspices concerned. Final approval of artists, dates, and repertoire rests with artistic and administrative directors. The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans retains the right to rescind any and all performance engagements for any of (but not limited to) the following reasons:
1) Failure to honor the contracted date for the performance
2) Failure to represent the New Orleans International Piano Competition in the professional manner expected of its winner.

Concerto Showcase X, March 30, 2019: A concert featuring the top three medalists of the 27th New Orleans International Piano Competition with Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

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