The San Antonio International Piano Competition was founded in 1983 and received 501(c)(3) designation in 1984, the same year the first Competition was held. Since then, eleven more artistically and financially successful Competitions have taken place with all but one held at Trinity University’s Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, a venue allowing ample seating and the finest piano acoustics in San Antonio. Over the years, some of the most distinguished concert pianists and educators have served as Judges, including Abbey Simon, David Burge, Joseph Bloch, Ruth Laredo, Ann Schein, Peter Takacs, Ralph Votapek, Daniel Pollack, Robin McCabe, Jeffrey Swann and Santiago Rodriguez.
In 1991, SAIPC inaugurated the custom of commissioning a new work of music to be played by all Competitors during the Competition. Our first commission was given to Lowell Liebermann, who is today recognized as one of America’s leading composers. Other composers selected for subsequent compositions have included Henry Martin, Judith Zaimont, Grammy Award winner Joan Tower, and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec.
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. That program has expanded to allow us to present master classes each year, engaging and encouraging both high school and university students in their pursuits of piano excellence. Educational programs targeting students and adults in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods continue to expand.
In 2012, SAIPC began the San Antonio International Piano Series. This program offers the San Antonio public a professional classical solo piano series, and it allows SAIPC to provide recitals designed to inspire and delight younger and older audiences alike. The Series allows SAIPC to be a more active participant in the musical arts of San Antonio, and improves the visibility of the organization through more frequent exposure to the public.
Along with Master Classes, the last few years have seen growth in youth educational programs and outreach concerts provided by SAIPC, all free of charge to our community. These programs reach a completely different audience than the piano series and have proven a superb way to expose a wide and diverse audience to great piano performance.
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