The Chopin Foundation of the United States NW Council     |     4957 Lakemont Blvd. SE, Suite C-4, #259, Bellevue, WA 98006

The Chopin Foundation of the United States NW Council     |     4957 Lakemont Blvd. SE, Suite C-4, #259, Bellevue, WA 98006



Online applications begin October 1, 2015. Limited to 140 pianists, all age divisions.

Competition: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, starting at 9 am.

Gold Medalists’ Concert: January 31, 2016 UW Brechemin Auditorium at 2 pm.

Silver Medalists’ Concert: January 31, 2016 UW Brechemin Auditorium at 5 pm.

Concerto or Andante Spianato & Grand Polonaise Winner’s Concert with Orchestra Seattle, Saturday, April 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church with Maestro Clinton Smith, Conductor.

DIVISIONS: (Age of contestant as of January 23, 2016)

DIVISION A: ages 9 and under. Any piece(s) by Chopin. Maximum playing time is 5 minutes. Application fee: $40

DIVISION B: ages 10-11. Any piece(s) by Chopin. Maximum playing time is 7 minutes. Application fee: $45

DIVISION C: ages 12-13. Any piece(s) by Chopin. Maximum playing time is 8 minutes. Application fee: $50

DIVISION D: ages 14-15. Any piece(s) by Chopin. Maximum playing time is 10 minutes. Application fee: $55

DIVISION E: ages 16-18. Any piece(s) by Chopin. Maximum playing time is 12 minutes. Application fee: $60

DIVISION F: adults, ages 19 and older. Any piece(s) by Chopin. Maximum playing time is 12 minutes. Application fee: $60

DIVISION G: Concerto/Andante Spianato et Grand Poloniase, maximum age is 18 (Concerto in E, any single movement or combination of 2nd and 3rd movements, Concerto in F, any single movement or combination of 2nd and 3rd movements, Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise COMPLETE). Application fee: $65


Cash prizes, medals, flowers and concerts generously awarded to top performers. Up to 3 Gold medals will be awarded in each age division. Up to 20% in each age division will be awarded Silver Medals. Valuable adjudicator remarks and accomplishment certificates will be awarded to all applicants.


Jeffrey Biegel

On February 22, 2015, Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Mr. Biegel, for his achievements as a world-renowned pianist, recording artist, chamber music collaborator, and champion of new piano music, composer, arranger and educator. He recently recorded Lucas Richman's 'Piano Concerto: In Truth' with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer (release September 2015), Steve Barta's 'Symphonic Arrangement' of Claude Bolling's 'Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano no. 1' with jazz flutist, Hubert Laws (release August 2015), William Bolcom's 'Prometheus' for piano, orchestra and chorus with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Chorale led by Carl St. Clair (release November 2015), George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue', Duke Ellington's 'New World A-Coming', Keith Emerson's 'Concerto no. 1', and Neil Sedaka's 'Manhattan Intermezzo' with the Brown University Orchestra with Paul Phillips conducting (release 2016), Dick Tunney's 'Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: The Monkees' with Orchestra Kentucky with Jeff Reed conducting, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Millennium Fantasy' and 'Peanuts Gallery' with the Florida State University Orchestra, Kenneth Fuchs's 'Falling Trio', Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' (solo piano by Mr. Biegel), Cesar Cui's '25 Preludes', Carolyne Taylor's 'Classical Carols', "Life According to Chopin", 'Bach On a Steinway', 'A Steinway Christmas Album' and 'A Grand Romance'. In 1997, he created and performed the first live audio/video recitals on the internet from historic Steinway Hall in New York, which cd recording is preserved bearing the website name at the time, ''. This recording completes the cycle of Mozart's Sonatas for piano solo.


Pioneer of commissioning projects joining multiple orchestras as a model for commissioning new music in the 21st century, Mr. Biegel created the first largest consortium of orchestras in 1998 for Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Millennium Fantasy' premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2000, followed with 26 orchestras in the USA. This was followed with Tony award winning composer Charles Strouse's 'Concerto America' with the Boston Pops, conducted by Keith Lockhart in 2002. 17 orchestras in the USA and 1 orchestra in Germany commissioned Lowell Liebermann's 'Concerto no. 3, Opus 95', premiered with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with Andreas Delfs in 2006. In 2010, Mr. Biegel performed the World Premiere of William Bolcom's 'Prometheus' for piano, orchestra and chorus, with Carl St. Clair leading the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Chorale, followed with performances by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, and the Calgary Philharmonic and Chorus representing Canada. In addition, Mr. Biegel gave the World Premiere of Richard Danielpour's 'Mirrors' with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Carl St. Clair conducting. During the 2015-16 season, Mr. Biegel will perform the premiere of Kenneth Fuchs's 'Piano Concerto: The Spiritualist' based on three paintings by American abstract artist, Helen Frankenthaler, with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA) and other orchestras in the USA. For the 2016-17-18 seasons, Mr. Biegel will premiere pop music icon Jimmy Webb's new work for piano and orchestra with Orchestra Kentucky, as well as PDQ Bach's 'Concerto for Very Grand Piano and Orchestra' by Peter Schickele with orchestras throughout the USA. An avid composer, Mr. Biegel's choral music is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Carl Fischer, Porfiri & Horvath and The LeDor Group.


Leonard Bernstein said of pianist Jeffrey Biegel: "He played fantastic Liszt. He is a splendid musician and a brilliant performer." These comments helped to launch Mr. Biegel's 1986 New York recital debut, as the third recipient of the Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Award, in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. He studied at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus, herself a pupil of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel, and is currently Coordinator of Piano Studies at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, a City University of New York (CUNY).

Rachelle McCabe

Dr. Rachelle McCabe, concert pianist and professor of music at Oregon State University, enjoys an international career as artist-teacher and is well known to audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest where she appears frequently as a solo recitalist and highly respected chamber musician. McCabe has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia and England. In addition to solo piano recitals in Singapore, Cambridge (UK), Malaysia, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Portland, and Washington, D.C., she has been heard on NPR's Performance Today, the CBC, and PBS television. As concerto soloist she has played with many North American orchestras including the Seattle, Pittsburgh, Oregon and Victoria symphonies. She performs duo-piano recitals with her sister Robin McCabe. As artist teacher, Rachelle McCabe has appeared in many festivals including the Victoria International Festival, The Johanessen Summer School of the Arts, The Highlands Festival in North Carolina, Chamber Music Northwest and the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival. She was a faculty member of The Seattle Piano Institute in 2012, and an adjudicator at the annual Hong Kong Festival in 2008 and 2012. She has also held short-term teaching residencies at schools in Singapore and Malaysia.


At Oregon State University, Rachelle McCabe directs the piano program and is artistic director of Corvallis-OSU Piano International and its prestigious Steinway Recital Series. She directs OSU’s Piano Power camps for high school piano students throughout the Pacific Northwest and co-directs the annual OSU Chamber Music Workshop. On the basis of outstanding teaching, McCabe was named a master teacher in the College of Liberal Arts. She holds a doctorate (D.M.A.) from The University of Michigan where she studied with Theodore Lettvin and Gyorgy Sandor, a master's degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Ania Dorfmann, and a bachelor's degree from The University of Washington where she studied with Bela Siki.

Milica Jelača Jovanović

Born into a family of professional musicians in Belgrade, Serbia, Milica Jelača Jovanović began giving recitals at the age of 8.  Hailed “a pianist of great energy and charisma,” she has appeared as soloist with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, RTV Belgrade Symphonic Orchestra, “Stanislav Binički” Symphonic Orchestra, “Josip Slavenski” Baroque Orchestra, and WWU Symphony Orchestra among others. Described as a “a brilliant performer,” Ms. Jelača Jovanović has performed in solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Prague (the Czech Republic), Paris (France), Constanţa (Romania), Skopje (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Katowice and Krakow (Poland), Lübeck and Eckernförde (Germany), Bolzano (Italy), Dubna, Moscow, Novoagansk, Raduzhni, St. Petersburg, Surgut (Russia), Belgrade, Kikinda, Negotin, Niš, Novi Sad, Priština, and Valjevo (Serbia). Her solo performances include the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series in Chicago, Les AMIS concert series in Toronto, Canada, the International Piano Series at the University of Central Florida, the Jugokoncert Concert Series and Centar za Muziku Concert Series in Belgrade, Serbia, and the prestigious Festivals “Novosadsko Muzičko Leto“ in Novi Sad, “BEMUS” in Belgrade, and “Mokranjčevi dani” in Negotin, Serbia.


Besides winning numerous Serbian and Yugoslavian national piano competitions, Ms. Jelača Jovanović won prizes at several international competitions, including the inaugural 2005 Iowa International Piano Competition and the First Prize at the 23rd Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition in Virginia in 2003. She has been interviewed and has recorded for various radio and television programs in the United States, Serbia, Romania and Russia, and was profiled along with other musicians of note in a book by Gordana Krajačić entitled “Muzička Pinakoteka”. In 2006 she organized the “Schumann Madness Festival“ in Bellingham, Washington to mark the 150th anniversary of Robert Schumann's death, where she performed in several solo and chamber recitals, and as soloist with the orchestra. Her recording of works by Prokofiev, Karača, Radovanović, Briggs, Radić, Sommer and Bartók and entitled Bright Moods has been released in 2012 under the MSR Classic label and has received warm reviews. Ms. Jelača Jovanović has been also working on a recording of Schumann works, which will be released under the Centaur label.


Following her studies in Belgrade, Ms. Jelača Jovanović earned her Master of Music Degree and Artist Diploma at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow under the direction of Mikhail Voskresensky and Elena Kuznietzova, and her Doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under the direction of Logan Skelton.  In Ann Arbor, she has also studied with the fortepianist Penelope Crawford and the harpsichordist Edward Parmentier. Ms. Jelača Jovanović has also worked with Yong Hi Moon, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Earl Wild and Homero Francesch. In 2004, she took a position at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Piano and the Coordinator of the Keyboard Area.  Dr. Jelača Jovanović has given master classes and workshops for piano teachers and students in the US and Russia, and was adjudicator at many piano competitions, including the Vancouver Women's Musical Society Piano Scholarship Competition in Vancouver, BC, the US Open Piano Competition in Oakland, CA and the Chopin Northwest Festival in Seattle.

Chopin Northwest Board

Dr. Steven Lagerberg, Founder

Allan Park, President

Yunbo Cassady, Vice President

Alison Bell, Recording Director

Cathy Carpenter, Correspondance Director

Dr. Mary Chandler, Financial Controller

Judy Baker, Festival Director

Dr. Hannah Cyba, Executive Board Member

Dr. Adam Aleksander, Executive Board Member

Kurt Kolb, Executive Board Member

Dr.Yelena Balabanova, Executive Board Member

Christopher Moorhead, Webmaster

Helen Belvin, Honorary Board Member

Mei Lu, Board Member



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


International Advisory Council

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

International Advisory Council

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