The San Antonio International Piano Competition was founded in 1983 by Dr. Richard Ferguson and a small group of fellow music lovers, some of whom still serve on the Board today. Articles of Incorporation, By-laws and official recognition by IRS were quickly established, and the first Competition was held at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium in October 1984.
Since the initial Competition nine more artistically and financially successful Competitions have taken place, all at Trinity University’s Ruth Taylor Concert Hall with the exception of 1986, when the events were held at UTSA’s Recital Hall. The Finals and the Winners’ Recitals of the 1997 and 2000 Competitions were videotaped and broadcast over educational TV station KLRN. These recitals were also recorded and broadcast over Texas Public Radio’s KPAC/FM.
Over the years some of the most distinguished concert pianists/educators have served as Judges, such as Abbey Simon, David Burge, Joseph Bloch, Ruth Laredo, Ann Schein, Peter Takacs, Ralph Votapek, Daniel Pollack, Robin McCabe and William Wolfram and Santiago Rodriguez.
In 1991 SAIPC inaugurated the custom of commissioning a new work of music, to be played by all Contestants during the Competition. Our first composer was Lowell Liebermann, who is today recognized as one of America’s leading composers. Since then, two San Antonio composers, Timothy Kramer and Elisenda Fabregas, have written works. Other composers include Henry Martin, Judith Zaimont, Ronn Yedidia and Joan Tower.
The year 1991 also saw the introduction of Master Classes, taught by our Judges to local students chosen by members of the San Antonio Music Teachers Association. These classes have become a highly regarded feature of the Competition Week.
Tenth Competition | 2009
Ryo Yanagitani (Canada) Gold Medal
Andrea Lam (Australia) Silver Medal
Christopher Atzinger (USA) Bronze Medal
Ninth Competition | 2006
Alexey Koltakov (UKR/AUS) Gold Medal
Grace Fong (USA) Bronze Medal
Michael Mizrahi (USA) Bronze Medal
Eighth Competition | 2003
Roger Wright (USA) Gold Medal
Young-Ah Tak (Korea) Silver Medal
Boris Feiner (UKR/Israel) Bronze Medal
Seventh Competition | 2000
Naoko Takao (Japan) Gold Medal
Michael Schneider (USA) Silver Medal
Gloria Chien (Taiwan) Bronze Medal
Sixth Competition | 1997
Mi-Jung Im (Korea) Gold Medal
Roger Wright (USA) Silver Medal
Molly Kiser (USA/Japan) Bronze Medal
Fifth Competition | 1994
Audrey Andrist (Canada) Gold Medal
Wei-Yi Yang (Taiwan) Gold Medal
(No Silver Medal awarded)
Fourth Competition | 1991
Richard Dowling (USA) Gold Medal
Bernadette Balkus (AUS) Silver Medal
Third Competition | 1988
Boris Slutsky (Russia) Gold Medal
Thomas Tirino (USA) Silver Medal
Second Competition | 1986
Kathryn Brown (USA) Gold Medal
Alan Chow (USA) Silver Medal
First Competition | 1984
William Koehler, (USA) Gold Medal
Ilan Rechtman, (Israel) Silver Medal