The Peter Takács Classical Sonata Prize announced!

We are honored to announce The Peter Takács Classical Sonata prize of $500, a new prize for the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, for pianists ages 13-17.  This prize will be awarded to the competitor who is judged by the Competition jury to have given the best performance of a sonata by either Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven during the first two rounds of the competition.

The Prize is being donated by Prof. Peter Takács, Professor at Oberlin Conservatory since 1976. He has recorded the complete sonatas of Beethoven and performed them around the world.  Dr. Takács has been a member of the HHIPC jury several times, once as the Jury Chair.

“I have always felt that the music of the great Classical composers of the 18th century, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven, form the basis of all the piano music that followed. This is repertoire that remains fresh, startling, and revelatory. By funding this prize, I hope to encourage young pianists to explore and embrace this style that remains so relevant today,” says Prof. Takács.

The Hilton Head International Piano Competition is grateful to Prof. Takács for providing such an important prize.


2016 Hilton Head International Piano Competition Prize Winners are:

First Prize Winner:  ChangYong Shin, South Korea
$15,000 plus performance opportunities
Second Prize Winner: Tristan Teo, Canada
Third Prize Winner: Sae Yoon Chon, South Korea
Sascha Gorodnitzki Memorial Prize Winner:  Hee-Jun Han, South Korea
Medalist Prizes: $1,000 each
Albert Cano Smit, Spain
Hee-Jun Han, South Korea
Reed Tetzloff, USA





We are pleased that the Westin Hilton Head Resort and Spa is the official hotel of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.  For information about accommodations click here.

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