Breaking News: International Piano Competition Winners

The Princeton Festival is thrilled to present the winners of our 15th Annual International Piano Competition. The following lists the winner of each competition category, as selected by our distinguished adjudicators. Many congratulations to all of this year’s performers!

Elementary Artists (ages 6 – 9)

Louis Gao, Charlotte, NC
Gavotte in G major, HWV 491, George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759)

Intermediate Artists (ages 10 – 12)

Valentina Ramos, Greenville, DE
Bagatelle in A minor, op. 119, no. 9, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Junior Artists (ages 13 – 15)

Yeuk Yu Chiu, Newark, DE
Sonata in F minor, Wq.63, No.6 (i. Allegro di molto), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 – 1788)

Senior Artists (ages 16 – 18)

Elizabeth Yang, Belle Mead, NJ
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, op. 27, no. 1, Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Four-Hands Artists (ages 25 and under)

Angel Wang, Joyce Wang, Cottonwood Heights, UT
Sonata in C major, K.521 (i. Allegro), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Emerging Open Class (ages 25 and under)

Janet Phang, New York, NY
Sonata no. 1, mvt. 1, Carl Vine (b. 1954)

Experienced Open Class (ages 26 and up)

Junwen Liang, State College, PA
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp minor, Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)

Richard Tang Yuk Award (best overall performer)

Janet Phang, New York, NY
Sonata no. 1, mvt. 1, Carl Vine (b. 1954)


Piano Competition Adjudicators

Andrew Brownell
Since winning 2nd Prize at the 2006 Leeds Competition, Andrew Brownell (Piano Adjudicator) has maintained an active and acclaimed international performing career. Musical Opinion described him as “… one of the most significant pianists of his generation.” In 2017, he joined the faculty of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.


Eunhae Grace Yun
Eunhae Grace Yun, a piano pedagogue and music educator, instructs collegiate-level piano majors and non-majors in both studio and classroom settings at Temple University, Philadelphia, and at West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania.


J.Y. Song
A Steinway Artist, J.Y. Song has been noted for her distinctive programming and has developed a reputation as a skilled, inspiring pedagogue. On the piano faculty at Mannes and teaches Leadership & Innovation at Juilliard.