This Month's video:
2017 Concerto Division 
Silver Medalist:
Steve Silverberg 
performs Chopin: Concerto no.2 in F minor, 1st mvt for Piano 
with Everett Philharmonic Quintet
 at the historic Hartley Mansion   


We are pleased to announce the dates for the 2018 festival:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10...COMPETITION FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM (Bellevue Presbyterian Church)

Our 2018 adjudicators are: 
Dr. Peter Miyamoto, Piano faculty, University of Missouri
Dr. Robert Roux, Piano chair and faculty, Rice University Shepard School of Music
Dr. Lisa Bergman, Concert Pianist and host, KingFM Classical
Charlie Albright, Concert Pianist


The Northwest Council of the Chopin Foundation of the United States, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization will continue the tradition of encouraging talented young American pianists to study and perform classical music, especially highlighting the music of Chopin. We will primarily focus on the Seattle competition and furthering young local talent. The NW Chopin Foundation holds a yearly competition featuring the finest youth talent in Washington state. Each succeeding year, the Festival has grown to becoming one of the region's largest and well-known piano competitions. The very first meeting of The Northwest Chapter of the Chopin Foundation was held September 20, 2001 at the Women's University Club in Seattle, Washington. President Dr. Steven Lagerberg opened a meeting with eight other Chopin enthusiasts in attendance. Steven presented his vision for the Chopin Foundation which was, very simply, to showcase Chopin and his beautiful music.

Northwest Council

Seattle, Washington

Dr. Steven Lagerberg, Founder
Allan Park, President
Dr. Adam Aleksander, Vice President for Program Development
Dr. Hanna Cyba, Vice President for Legal Affairs
Judy Baker, Artistic Co-Director
Dr. Yelena Balabanova, Artistic Co-Director
Cathy Carpenter, Recording Secretary
Dr. Mary Chandler, Treasurer, Artistic Co-Director
Yunbo Cassady, Board Member
Conney Vernall, Board Member
Christopher Moorhead, Webmaster
Alison Bell, Past President, Honorary Board Member
Helen Belvin, Past President, Honorary Board Member


Miami, Florida

Agustin Anievas
Douglas C. Evans
Rosa-Rita Gonzalez
Renate Ryan
Advisory Board
Dr. Shelton G. Berg, Frost School of Music
Ron Losby, Steinway & Sons
Bonnie Barrett, Yamaha Artist Services
National Chopin Foundation Board
Maestro Krysztof Penderecki, Honorary Chairman
Blanka A. Rosenstiel, Founder/ President
Olga Melin, Vice President
Dr. James William Hipp, Treasurer
Rebecca Baez, Secretary
Jadwiga Gewert, Executive Director
Dr. Adam Aleksander, Artistic Advisor

Advisory Council

Naitonal & International

Agustin Anievas
Martha Argerich
Emanuel Ax
Jeffrey N. Babcock
John Bayless
Luiz Fernando Benedini
John Corigliano
Ivan Davis
Christopher T. Dunworth
Charles Dutoit
Nelson Freire
Bruno Leonardo Gelber
Gary Graffman
Horacio Gutierrez
Marta Istomin
Byron Janis
James Judd
Cyprien Katsaris
Zoltan Koscis
Jacob Lateiner
Garrick Ohlsson
Paloma O'Shea
Daniel Pollack
Maurizio Pollini
Abbey Simon
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Michael Tilson Thomas
Charles Wadsworth
Susan Wadsworth
Krystian Zimerman 

Regional Councils

San Francisco, California, Barboursville, Virginia

San Francisco, California
The San Francisco Council was organized in 1987. In 1995 the Council introduced the Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, which provides for young piano students an encouragement for following their artistic careers. To join Chopin Membership in the San Francisco area and to learn more about the Council’s activities please go to their web site

Barboursville, Virginia
The Virginia Council, located in Barboursville, has been officially incorporated as of September 2015. This chapter has been associated with of the Chopin Foundation and has held events for the past 12 Seasons. Please visit to learn more about the Council’s activities in Virginia.


2017 Competition was held on Saturday, January 28th 2017 at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE
Gold & Silver Medalists' concert was on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at RESONANCE at SOMA, 288 106th Ave NE Suite 203, Bellevue, WA
Concerto Winner's Concert with Orchestra Seattle will be on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
*Opus 4 Studios have digital copies of all the GOLD and SILVER medalists from the 2017 Festival. If you would like to obtain a BluRay disc of your child's performance, please contact us right away and we will provide you with ordering instructions. 


Michelle Cao
Roxy Jones
Yuna Yamagami


Stephan Chita
Elsie Lu
Izabella Tu


Adrian King
Young Park
Eashan Vagish


Emily Park
Janet Phang
Megan Lu


Caleb Ren
Shichu Liu
Kyran Park Adams


(Will perform with Orchestra Seattle)
Stephen Binondo


Emily Qi, Nicholas Grote, Chiara Rogers, Kaitlyn Gia Lee, Eunrae Kim, David Gatien


Raymond Zhang, Alison Tan, Sarah Zong, Sarah Yang, Ella Sumanaseni, Earnest Wheelwright, Ivory Wang, Olivia Qi


Sanjay Akam, Sandy Huang, Nicole Yang, Jesse Morris, Daniella Tsang, Benjamin Yu, Daniel Chen


Andrea Liao, Allyson Lee, Emily Pan, Christopher Marley, Steve Silverberg, Connor Zhang, Kelly Chen


Annie Yang, Jonathon Lin, Christopher Huang, Robert Yee, Bryan Zhao


(Will perform with an Orchestra, TBA)
Steve Silverberg


Yakov Kasman

1997 Silver Medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Yakov Kasman’s debut in America in 1997 as Silver Medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth was the culmination of several competition triumphs and tours in Europe and the Middle East, including prizes at the 1991 Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome, the 1991 London World Piano Competition, the 1992 Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Tel Aviv, and the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition at St. Petersburg. Since his American debut, he has given concerts in the United States, South America, Europe, Russia and Asia, including recitals in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Paul, Atlanta, and Birmingham. He has appeared as soloist with more than seventy orchestras including the Buffalo, Oregon, Pacific, Syracuse, Memphis, Miami, Ft. Worth, Nashville and Alabama symphonies, Athens State Orchestra, the Orchestre de Lille and Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier in France, the Singapore Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Orquestra Simfonica de Baleares (Spain), Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea) and the Moscow Philharmonia Orchestra. Mr. Kasman has fifteen studio CD recordings on the Calliope label. His two CD set of the recordings of the complete sonatas of Prokofiev was awarded the “Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Academie du Disque” in France in 1996. Other CDs include solo works by Haydn, Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Rachmaninov. The International Piano Quarterly magazine recommended his CD of Moussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” as one of 14 equally ranked best in a survey of recordings over the past 75 years. His recording of Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1, and Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings, released in 2000, received the “Choc du monde de la musique” award in France, is rated highest for artistry and sound quality by Classics, and referred to as “superlative” in the American Record Guide. He has also recorded two CDs with Harmonia Mundi, the most recent one with the Pacific Symphony includes Piano Concerto No. 2 by Lukas Foss, released in 2001. In 2003 he completed a recording of all of the Scriabin piano sonatas and in 2004 recorded an All-Tchaikovsky CD featuring “The Seasons” and Grand Sonata in G-Major (Rated 10/10 by in December 2005). In 2007 he completed a four-CD set of the chamber music of Shostakovich with the Talich Quartet on the Calliope label. Mr. Kasman is also active as a teacher and adjudicator. He is a jury member of the Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano), International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Kiev), the Corpus Christi International Competition, "Merzlyakovka invites friends" All-Russian Piano Competition in Moscow, Kalinnikov International Piano Competition in Orel and for four years has judged the Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition (Colorado Springs). He has been guest artist and faculty at the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival (Fort Worth), and for several years at the International Summer Music Academy in Kiev. Recent engagements include performances with National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, "Kiev Soloists" Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, KBS Orchestra in Seoul, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Canada and a performance with Orchestre Lamoureux at the Theatre de Champs Elysees in Paris, France as well as masterclasses in Japan.
Web Hosting powered by Network Solutions® Born in the city of Orel, near Moscow, Mr. Kasman began his piano studies at the age of five. A graduate and postgraduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and previously a professor of piano at the Music College of the Conservatory, he is now the Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. His students are winners of regional, national and international competitions. 

Dr. Asaf Zohar

The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University, Piano Department Chair, Silver Medalist, 1987 Cleveland International Piano Competition (formerly Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition)

Born in Israel, Asaf Zohar is one of the most active Israeli pianists and pedagogues. Asaf Zohar is a graduate of the Givatayim Conservatory and The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University. He received his Doctorate degree from the Indiana University School of Music, where he was also a visiting lecturer. His teachers include: Hana Shalgi, Arie Vardi, Menahem Pressler, Leonard Hokanson and Michele Block. Artists for whom he performed in masterclasses include: Arthur Rubinstein, Alfred Brendel, Christoph Eschenbach, Eugene Istomin, Leon Fleisher and Claude Frank. Asaf Zohar was awarded prizes in Israel and in International Competitions in Pretoria, Sydney, Vienna, and The Robert Casadesus Competition in Cleveland. He has performed with all the leading Israeli orchestras including The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Gary Bertini, David Robertson, Mendi Rodan, Noam Sheriff, David Shalon, Jan Pascal Tortelier, Urs Schneider and others. Asaf Zohar appeared in numerous recitals in Israel as well as on Israeli Radio and T.V. Abroad, Mr. Zohar has performed concerts and recitals in the U.S.A, Austria, Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Russia, Georgia, India, South Africa, Australia and Japan. Asaf Zohar teaches as a Professor for Piano at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at The Tel-Aviv University where he is the chairman of the piano department. He has also taught at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where he has served as Chairman of the Keyboard Department and Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts for ten executive years. In addition, Mr. Zohar teaches at the Givatayim Conservatory, as well as in The Jerusalem Music Center. In recent years, Asaf Zohar has edited, lectured and performed in a series of lectured concerts in Israel presenting Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, Mozart's Concerti, and piano works of Chopin, Brahms, Schubert and Schumann among others.

Dr. Josh Wright

1st Prize Winner at the 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition

Billboard #1 artist Dr. Josh Wright has delighted audiences across the United States and in Europe. The Washington Post described him as a pianist possessing “rarer gifts – touch, intelligence and the ability to surprise.” He performed his debut recitals at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall) and the Kennedy Center (Terrace Theater) in 2014. His self-titled album “Josh Wright” topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its release in April 2011. He also performed at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles as part of America's Got Talent Season 9. Josh earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He earned a Master of Music degree and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah. His principal teachers are Dr. Logan Skelton and Dr. Susan Duehlmeier. Josh is married to Dr. Lindsey Wright, who earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Utah. Josh was a prizewinner at the 2015 National Chopin Competition, and also won the Mazurka prize. He won third prize and the audience prize at the 2014 Washington International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2013 Rosamond P. Haeberle Piano Award competition, the gold medal at the 2010 Seattle International Piano Competition, and first prize at the 2010 American Protége International Competition of Romantic Music. He was the second prize winner of the 2011 Music Teachers National Association National Competition. He was also a top prizewinner in the New York Piano Competition, the Louisiana International Piano Competition, and the Julia Crane International Piano Competition. Josh has appeared numerous times with symphony orchestras including: the Utah Symphony, the Temple Square Orchestra, the Salt Lake Symphony, the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, the SummerArts Orchestra, and the University of Utah Student Chamber Orchestra. He has released six albums, including Meditation (2015), My Favorite Things (2013), Josh Wright (2011), Gaspard (2010), The Complete Chopin Etudes (2003), and Josh Wright Debut (2000). Josh has participated in lessons and master classes and lessons with numerous concert pianists, including Sergei Babayan, Boris Slutsky, Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Garrick Ohlsson, John Perry, Nelita True, Paul Schenly, Ian Hobson and Awadagin Pratt. In addition to performing, Josh is passionate about teaching. He has appeared as a guest lecturer and masterclass presenter at several festivals and colleges, including the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Amalfi, Italy), University of Utah International Keyboard Institute (Salt Lake City, UT), Utah Valley University Piano Festival (Provo, UT), BYU-Idaho (Rexburg, ID), Snow College (Ephraim, UT), and Shoreline Community College (Seattle, WA). He has broadened his studio through online lessons where he teaches lessons to students on five different continents. He has created a free online piano instructional series to assist piano students of all ages and abilities with various aspects of technique and musicality.

Dr. Dainius Vaicekonis

Prize winner in the International Franz Schubert Piano Competition in Dortmund, Germany

Dr. Dainius Vaičekonis has an active performance career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the U.S. and Europe. He was a soloist with the Lithuanian National Symphony, the University of Washington Symphony, Butte Montana Symphony, Bremerton Symphony, Port Angeles Symphony, Skagit Symphony and Seattle Pacific University Symphony. The winner of the Francis Walton Award Tour Competition and the University of Washington Concerto Competition, he was also a prize winner in the International Franz Schubert Piano Competition in Dortmund, Germany. Dr. Vaičekonis earned degrees from the National Čiurlionis School of Art in Vilnius, the Lithuanian Academy of Music, the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and the University of Washington. His mentors include celebrated European and American artists and teachers Robin McCabe, Jerome Rose, Jurgis Karnavičius, Mūza Rubackytė and Gediminas Kviklys. He performed in the master classes of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Christian Zacharias. He was an artist in residence at the University of Washington School of Music. Dr. Vaičekonis received a Gerberding Fellowship at the University of Washington. His dissertation, "The Forest for the Trees: Beethoven piano sonatas as integrated cycles,” was published in Germany in 2009. He has performed at Benaroya's Nordstrom Recital Hall, Meany Hall, on “Live by George” at KING FM, “The Beat” at KUOW public radio, Bumbershoot, UW Summer Arts Festival, Franciscan Nights Festival in Ohio, and is a frequent performer in SPU's faculty concert series. Dr. Vaičekonis has performed with the Vilnius String Quartet and with distinguished artists such as violinists Alexander Velinzon, Ilkka Talvi, and Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, flutists Edmund Paul Davies and Magali Mosnier-Karoui, clarinetist Sean Osborn, and the Chamber Dance Company. He also performs extensively with his wife, Asta, as a piano duo. Their recent project, “Music for Two Pianos by Living Composers of Israel, U.S., and Lithuania,” was presented in the schools of Israel - Jerusalem Academy of Music, Beer Sheva Conservatory, and Levinsky Pedagogical College in Tel Aviv. He served as a judge in ENKOR, MTNA, Francis Walton, and other competitions in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a coach for the Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshops in the Seattle Pacific University. He taught master classes in the Music Academy at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Israel. His students are successfully participating in festivals and competitions nationwide. In 2014, Dr. Vaičekonis presented a lecture on and recital of legendary American pianist, composer, and pedagogue Leopold Godowsky in his birthplace in Lithuania. His next project is a lecture-recital and CD recording of the last three Beethoven piano sonatas.


Division A Gold: Andrew Gu, Constantina Tsang, David Gatien

Division A Silver: Catherine Xie, Rachael Kim, Isabelle Yuan, Lucas Tang, Arthur Gong, Harrison Li

Division B Gold: Daniel Jung, Mia Chen, Eashan Vagish

Division B Silver: Young Park, Nicole Yang, Dora Ziyan Chen, Izabella Tu

Division C Gold: Sandy Huang, Steve Silverberg, Edward Zhang

Division C Silver: Jesse Morris, Ellen Li, Quennie Nguyen, Terri Ji, Nile Camai, Alex Zhang

Division D Gold: Jonathan Staley, Elise Winkler, Kevin Yip

Division D Silver: Millicent McFall, Andrew Ma, Solomon Kim, Emily Pan, Deanna Han, 

Division E Gold: Michelle Zheng, Alex Camai, William Huang

Division E Silver: Max Randall, Tate Cohan, Vanessa Ma, Peter Preston, Alexander Lu

Division F Gold: Soomi Sung

Division F Silver: Jaesung Kim

Division G Concerto Gold: Edward Zhang

Division G Concerto Silver: Stephen Binondo

Division A Gold: Constantina Tsang, Alison Tan, Catherine Chong

Division A Silver: Andre Ye, Jerry Li, Mia Chen

Division B Gold: Edward Zhang, Eashan Vagish, Adrian King

Division B Silver: Daniel Chen, Dora-Ziyan Chen, Alex Zhang, Jaden Zhang, Daniella Tsang, Allyson Kim, Anna Wang, Paige Everling, Sandy Huang, Kaia Burgos, Nicole Yang, Jeremy Lin

Division C Gold: Shannon Cassady, Bryan Zhao, Stephen Binondo

Division C Silver: Andrew Ma, Mya King, Alex Camai, Emily Pan, Jenna Everard, Emily Kim, Ariel Stiber, Casey Sim, Lauren Yoon, Preston Lee

Division D Gold: Andrew Barnwell, Christopher Son Richardson, Jason Dan

Division D Silver: Val Wold, Micah Hollen, Kennadi Hawes

Division E Concerto Gold: Christopher Son Richardson

Division E Concerto Silver: Millicent McFall

Division F Gold: Hyun Su Seo

Division F Silver: Mari Okamoto, Chelsea Bloomberg

Division A Winners: Dora-Ziyan Chen, Jeremy Lin, Andy Lee

Division A Honorable Mentions: Young Jin Park, Daniella Tsang, Nicole Yang, William Johnson 

Division B Winners: Edward Zhang, Janet Phang, Meili Zhang 

Division B Honorable Mentions: Emily Park, Quennie Nguyen, Eric Shen, Dante Hays, Sherri Xu, Claire Kim, Alex Muyang Zhang, Jenna Everard, Ann Shan, Jaden Zhang, Jonathan Shu, Allyson Kim 

Division C Winners: Alexander Lu, Shannon Cassady, Gene Pak 

Division C Honorable Mentions: Preston Lee, Christopher Son Richardson, Tiffany Shen, Jason Dan, David Zhao, Adrian Fan, Leah Deobald, Bryan Zhao 

Division D Winners: Andrew Barnwell, Andrew Liu, SukWoo Lee 

Division D Honorable Mentions: Amanda Shu, Tristan Greeno, Wilhelmina Esary, Maia Stiber, William Huang, Max Ma 

Division E (Concerto) Winner: Meili Zhang 

Division E (Concerto) Alternate: Casey Sim 

Division F Winner: Daniel Chong 

Division F Honorable Mentions: Christine Foster

Division A Winners: Edward Zhang, Jeewon Jung, Daniella Tsang

Division A Honorable Mentions: Sandy Huang, Gloria Shen, Katherine Yue, Katherine Li, Dora-Ziyan Chen

Division B Winners: Millicent McFall, Nathan Lee, Steve Silverberg

Division B Honorable Mentions: Emily Pan, Jonathan Lin, Alex Muyang Zhang, Justin Zhu Cai, Andrew Ma, Adrienna Tran-Pearson, Preston W Lee, Anny Yang, Adrian Fan, Janet P. Phang

Division C Winners: Alexander Lu, Daniel Park Oslin, Jay Tanaka Grinols

Division C Honorable Mentions: William Zhang, William Huang, Jason Dan, Bryan Zhao

Division D Winners: Sun Chang, Alexander Zhu, Nicholaus C. Poelwijk

Division D Honorable Mentions: David Siebert, Megan Lee, Heaven Wei-Lin, Dillon K Ching, Katharine Zorich, Audrey Chen, Noelle Elyse Farr, David Shin, Irene Sue Hwang, Anna Pham, Amber Tang

Concerto Division Winner: Shannon Cassady

Division A Winners: Nile Camai, Sandy Huang, Edward Zhang

Division A Honorable Mentions: Joshua Sun, Allyson Kim, Eric Shen

Division B Winners: Daniel Oslin, Millicent McFall, Adrian Fan

Division B Honorable Mentions: Meili Zhang, Andrew Ma, Casey Sim, Alexander Elizarov, Jonathan Staley, Jasmine Lee, Alex Camai, Ashley Mochizuki, Adrienna Tran-Pearson

Division C Winners: Billy Huang, Karin Chan, Jay Grinols

Division C Honorable Mentions: Nicole Po, Andrew Aday, Ivan Zhao, Max Ma, Andrew Liu, Ethan Marzban, Billy Wu, David Siebert, Nancy Wu

Division D Winners: Conrad Sheridan, Tristan Greeno, David Golub

Division D Honorable Mentions: Alexander Zhu, Geoffrey Liu, Philip Saul

Concerto Division: No winner chosen


The Northwest Council of the Chopin Foundation of the United States, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, will continue the tradition of encouraging talented young American pianists to study and perform classical music, especially highlighting the music of Chopin. Your donation is tax deductible and we would like to express our sincerest appreciation for your donation.


Chopin Academy of Music, Cornish College of Fine Arts, Ellen King, Daisy Tsang, Haiyuan & Mei Lu, Dr. Mary Chandler, Allan Park, Judy Baker, Bozena Checinska, Nino Meravishili, Piali Choudhury, Betty Tonglao, Cindy Zhang


Helen & David Belvin, Randall Jackson, Gourmet Music & Culture Club Foundation, Dr. Adam Aleksander, Dr. Hanna Cyba, Yunbo Cassady,
Ni Liu

$1000 +

Rainier Group, Inc., Alison & Skip Bell
Dr. & Mrs. Steven Lagerberg, Kurt Kolb,
George & Amy Tu