Welcome to
Chopin Foundation
of the U.S.
NW Council

DEC 1, 2021 TO FEB 1, 2022

TUESDAY, FEB 8, 2022

FEB 12 TO FEB 19, 2022

About Us

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.

Dr. Steven Lagerberg, Founder
Dr. Adam Aleksander, President
Dr. Hanna Cyba, Vice President
Allan Park, Registrar
Judy Baker, Artistic Co-Director
Cathy Carpenter, Recording Secretary
Dr. Mary Chandler, Treasurer, Co-Artistic Director
Dr. Yelena Balabanova, Co-Artistic Director
Yunbo Cassady, Board Member
Conney Vernall, Board Member
Dr. Nino Merabishvili, Board Member
Dr. Vladimir Balabanov, Board Member
Victor Ro, Board Member, Legal Advisor
Christopher Moorhead, Webmaster
Alison Bell, Past President
Helen Belvin, Past President

Phyllis Lehrer, Dr. Yoshikazu Nagai, Ning An, Dr. Mack McCray, Dr. Yuka Sasaki, Dr. Logan Skelton, Dr. Jack Winerock, Nancy Weems, Dr. Judith Widrig, Jeffrey Biegel, Dr. Milica Jovanovic, Dr. Rachelle McCabe, Dr. Danius Vaicekonis, Dr. Josh Wright, Dr. Asaf Zohar, Yakov Kasman, Charlie Albright, Dr. Lisa Bergman, Dr. Robert Roux, Dr. Peter Miyamoto, Dr. Christos Tsitsaros, Dr. Evgeny Rivkin, Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski, Dr. Frank Huang, Dr. Stephen Beus, Dr. Grace Fong, Teresa Ehrlich, Dr. Andrew Park, Ory Shihor, Alexander Braginsky.


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
National & International

Agustin Anievas
Martha Argerich
Emanuel Ax
Jeffrey N. Babcock
John Bayless
Luiz Fernando Benedini
John Corigliano
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
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 www.chopinSF.org.

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 www.chopininbarboursville.org to learn more about the Council’s activities in Virginia.

Festival Information

Applications will be available on December 1st, 2021. For everyone's safety, our competition  this year will be VIRTUAL FORMAT with YouTube links.

DEC 1, 2021 TO FEB 1, 2022

TUESDAY, FEB 8, 2022

FEB 12 TO FEB 19, 2022

Maximum of 250 pianists will be admitted on a first-come, first serve basis. Registration is online only. Applicants must be students or citizens/residents of North America. Application fees are NON- REFUNDABLE. Registration period may end earlier than posted date, once maximum applications (250) are received. Chopin Northwest may disqualify, reject and turn away applicants for any reason.
Results will be posted on the Chopin NW Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ChopinCouncilNW

Students may perform either solo or concerto or both. If performing both, they must be registered twice as SEPARATE registrations.

SOLO DIVISION: All selections must be compositions of Frédéric Chopin. Single or multiple works of Chopin may be performed, provided the total playing time does not exceed the time limit for the Entrant’s division. The adjudicator may not listen to or adjudicate any part of the composition that goes beyond the allowed time, although works must be recorded in full. Entrants may not change or omit repertoire once it has been submitted via the application.

CONCERTO DIVISION: Student may choose either: FIRST MOVEMENT, SECOND MOVEMENT or LAST MOVEMENT OR a combination of second/third movements as a set. Concerto no. 1 in E minor, Concerto no. 2 in F minor and Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise are permitted only. FOR 2022: Concerto must be recorded without orchestra or second piano accompaniment. Recordings with accompaniment will not be accepted. If a student wins Gold Medal for their concerto movement(s) and perform with an orchestra, they are required to use a different movement in subsequent years. 

If you have any questions, please email the Chopin NW Council at:
PRESIDENT adamaleksander@hotmail.com
REGISTRAR registration@chopinnw.org

DIVISION A ages 8 and under
Playing time is up to 5 minutes. Application fee: $55.

DIVISION B ages 9-10
Playing time is up to 6 minutes. Application fee: $60.

DIVISION C ages 11-12
Playing time is up to 7 minutes. Application fee: $65.

DIVISION D ages 13-14
Playing time is up to 8 minutes. Application fee: $70.

DIVISION E ages 15-16
Playing time is up to 10 minutes. Application fee: $75.

DIVISION F ages 17-18
Playing time is up to 12 minutes. Application fee: $80.

DIVISION G ages 19 and up
Playing time is up to 12 minutes. Application fee: $80.

DIVISION H CONCERTO, ages 12-18. Application fee: $85.
Concerto must be recorded without orchestra or second piano accompaniment. Recordings with accompaniment will not be accepted.

DEC 1, 2021 TO FEB 1, 2022

TUESDAY, FEB 8, 2022

FEB 12 TO FEB 19, 2022

Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded. Only Gold medalists receive cash prize. Medalists will have their performance featured on our website and FaceBook page.

Cash Prizes:
DIVISION A (ages 8 and under) Gold medalist cash prize: $55
DIVISION B (ages 9-10) Gold medalist cash prize: $60
DIVISION C (ages 11-12) Gold medalist cash prize: $65
DIVISION D (ages 13-14) Gold medalist cash prize: $70
DIVISION E (ages 15-16) Gold medalist cash prize: $75
DIVISION F (ages 17-18) Gold medalist prize: $80
DIVISION G (ages 19 and up) Gold medalist cash prize: $80
DIVISION H (ages 12-18) Gold medalist will perform with a chamber orchestra. Date TBA.

All recordings submitted must be recorded between the time period of December 1, 2021 until the deadline of February 8, 2022.

Title on YouTube link must say "2022 Chopin NW Festival" followed by NAME and AGE of pianist

Description section must have the title of the piece(s) in correct order.

Recordings from other competitions or concerts will not be accepted.

Music must be performed memorized.

Entrants may choose to omit any or all repeat signs in the score.

Recordings must consist of unedited, uninterrupted video footage of the participant from a single camera angle with coverage of the performer’s hands and face at all times
If more than one work or movement are being performed, all movements and/or pieces must be performed successively in one unedited take and included on one video link.

Footage must start with the pianist saying the following: "My name is ______________ and this recording was made on __________ for Chopin NW".

You have the option to disable public comments and disable thumbs up, thumbs down (for instructions please google "disabling thumbs in YouTube").

Recordings must be cued to begin within five seconds after the performer identifies him or herself.

Video editing or acoustical enhancements are NOT permitted.

The video quality should be at least 720p, preferably 1080p or higher.

Recordings must be made on acoustic pianos. No electric keyboards allowed.

Names of teachers or parents are not allowed on video submissions.

Do not include titles, fade-outs, or video transitions.

Only YouTube and Vimeo formats will be permitted. NO Dropbox, Microsoft files, Google docs, email attachments, iCloud share etc.

If performing a Concerto, it must be recorded without orchestra or second piano accompaniment. Recordings with accompaniment will not be accepted.

No discussion or contact with the Adjudicators is permitted by the Entrants, their teachers, or their family and friends prior to the conclusion of the Festival.

Please note that the adjudicators are primarily evaluating each artist’s performance, technique, and interpretation. The audio/video quality is of secondary importance.

The adjudicators decision are final and may not be challenged. 

The Chopin NW Council reserves the right to publish any or all video submissions and links provided for this festival on our web page or Facebook page.

An entrant not following these requirements could risk disqualification from the Chopin Festival, becoming ineligible for any award. 

Our 2022 Adjudicators

Phyllis Lehrer
Phyllis Alpert Lehrer is known internationally as a teacher, performer, clinician, author and adjudicator. She has given master classes, workshops and enjoyed an active concert career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Asia and Europe.

Ms. Lehrer is professor emerita of piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. She now serves on the artist faculty of the Westminster Conservatory, the community music school associated with Westminster. A founding member of Young Audiences of New Jersey and the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance, she has presented regularly at conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the European Piano Teachers Association and New Jersey Music Teachers Association. Recent lectures, master classes and performances have taken place at the Music-Quest Festival in Pune, India, the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland, Performing Arts and Medicine Conference in Colorado and New York City, Nebraska Music Teachers Association, Portland District Music Teachers Association, Delaware Music Teachers Association, Third Street Settlement in New York City, Brooklyn College Conservatory, the Steinway Society, New York Piano Teachers’ Congress, Greenwich Music House, Westminster Choir College, the Westminster Conservatory Beethoven Festival and the New School for Music Study Faculty Alumni Recital.

Articles, interviews and reviews on piano pedagogy, music and health by Ms. Lehrer have
been published in Clavier Companion, The American Music Teacher, and The European Piano Teachers Journal. Recent publications include five volumes of the great piano repertoire, Classics for the Developing Pianist, co-edited with Ingrid Clarfield, along with the Study Guides that accompany books 1, 2, 3, 4 published by Alfred, Inc. A fifth book, Study Guide 5 is available at Sheet Music Press. Personal Trainer, five volumes devoted to keyboard theory, sight playing, technique and repertoire with midi accompaniments, co-authored with Paul Sheftel, are published by YBK publications in New York City. Mr. Sheftel and Ms. Lehrer also co-edited 10 books of intermediate to early advanced piano literature with accompanying CD’s for Carl Fischer: Mastering Classic Favorites and More Mastering Classic Favorites as well as Debussy: An Album. Ms. Lehrer was author and editor of Chopin: An Album, also published by Carl Fischer. She wrote the practice suggestions for the four books of Piano Etudes for the Development of Musical Fingers selected and edited by Frances Clark, Louise Goss and Sam Holland. Among her other edited works are Fantasie-Variations and Sonata, No. 2, Op. 31 by Dianne Goolkasian- Rahbee, Outside the Box by Kevin Olson and Wynn-Anne Rossi, and Dance Preludes for Piano Duet by Timothy Brown, published by FJH.

Phyllis Lehrer has contributed several chapters to A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop the Mind and Body for Optimal Performance and co-authored The Inner Game of Music Keyboard Workbook with Barry Green. Her collaboration of over 35 years with piano partner, Ena Bronstein Barton, includes two CDs, featuring duets and duo piano works.</p.Ms. Lehrer received a B.A. with music concentration from the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music and an M.S. in piano from the Juilliard School of Music. Honored as a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow in 2007, Ms. Lehrer was voted New Jersey Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013. In 2019 she received the Westminster Merit Award from the Westminster Alumni Association. In July 2021, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, of the Frances Clark Center.

Dr. Susan Boettger
Dr. Susan Boettger has been very active as a performer, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Her genre- defying trio Take 3 has an active upcoming season as they embark in their upcoming tour across the US. She is currently the Director of Education in Lyceum Village, SPC, a position which creates a Conservatory experience for pre-college students. She is also the Executive Director and Founder of the Junior Chamber Music program, a program which provides chamber music coaching, tours, and performances to Southern California. She is Director of Keyboard Studies at Irvine Valley College. As a soloist, she was a winner of the Juilliard Contemporary Concerto competition. She has performed concertos with the Ventura Symphony, New West Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Orange County Chamber Orchestra. Susan received her DMA in piano performance at USC, minoring in composition, business and music education. She received her MM from Juilliard and her BM (piano) and BA (mathematics) from Rice University.

Soyeon Kate Lee
First prize winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been lauded by The New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”

Highlights of recent seasons included appearances at the National Gallery where she will give the world premiere of Marc-Hamelin’s “Tango” for four-hands with her husband and pianist, Ran Dank, Purdue Convocations, Rockefeller University, Hawaii Concert Society, Corning Civic Music, and Cleveland Art Museum. She also returned to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto, and collaborated in concert with the Escher and Daedalus String Quartets.

Lee has been rapturously received as guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, symphony orchestras of Columbus, Bangor, Boca Raton, Eugene, Wyoming, Bozeman, Hawaii, Wheeling, Cheyenne, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, Abilene, Naples, Santa Fe and Shreveport in the United States; the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Ulsan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Orquesta de Valencia (Spain) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Dominican Republic), including performances under the batons of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jahja Ling, Jorge Mester and Otto-Werner Mueller.

Past recital appearances include New York City programs at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Art’s Alice Tully Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, the Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Stars” series, Auditorio de Musica de Nacional in Madrid, tour of the Hawaiian Islands, Krannert Center, Herbst Theatre, and Finland’s Maanta Music Festival.

A Naxos recording artist, her discography spans two volumes of Scarlatti Sonatas, Liszt Opera Transcriptions, and two volumes of Scriabin works, with upcoming release of Clementi Sonatas. Ms. Lee’s recording of Re!nvented under the E1/Entertainment One (formerly Koch Classics) label garnered her a feature review in the Gramophone Magazine and the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award.

A second prize and Mozart Prize winner of the 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition and a laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition in Spain, Ms. Lee has worked extensively with Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Ursula Oppens, and Jerome Lowenthal. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Lee was awarded the William Petschek Piano Debut Award at Lincoln Center and the Arthur Rubinstein Award and received her Doctor of Musical Arts from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Ms. Lee is the co-founder and artistic director of Music by the Glass, a concert series dedicated to bringing together young professionals in New York City. A Yamaha Artist, Ms. Lee is an Associate Professor of Music in Piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music where she received the 2021 University of Cincinnati Mrs. AB Dolly Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, and serves on the piano faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, pianist Ran Dank and their children Noah and Ella.

Ran Dank
Mr. Dank has received his Bachelors of Music the from Tel-Aviv University, his Masters of Music and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, and his Doctorate of Music from the Graduate Center in CUNY. His teachers and mentors include Emanuel Ax, Joseph Kalichstein, Robert McDonald, Richard Goode, and Ursula Oppens. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including prizes in the Naumburg, Sydney, Cleveland, and the Hilton Head International Piano Competitions. He serves as an assistant professor of piano at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, and is on the faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Notable performances during Mr. Dank’s 2019/2020 season include appearances at the National Gallery in DC, the Hawaii Concert Society, Purdue Convocations, Gina Bachauer Concert Series, two consecutive recitals at the Pro Musica series in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, and a collaboration with Jayce Ogren and the Westchester Philharmonic.  In addition, he returns to the Chanel Chamber Music Festival in Tokyo and to the Portland Symphony for a performance of Saint Saens’ 2nd Piano Concerto under the baton of Eckart Preu.

Ran’s recent performances have included recitals at the San Francisco Performances Series, Gilmore, Ravinia, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Halls, Steinway Hall, Gardner Museum, Kennedy Center, Town Hall, Yale School of Music, Philips Collection, Morgan Library, Pro Musica in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Portland Ovations, and have garnered critical acclaim from the New York Times and The Washington Post. Mr. Dank has performed as a soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Sydney, St. Luke’s, Portland, Eugene, Toledo, Hawaii, Kansas City, Vermont, Charleston, Jerusalem, Valencia, Phoenix, Hilton Head, among others, working under the batons such as Michael Stern, Jahja Ling, Michael Christie, Kirill Karabits, Jun Märkl, Pinchas Zukerman, Jorge Mester, Jaime Laredo, and Ken-David Masur. His chamber music festival appearances have included Santa Fe, Seattle, Chanel in Tokyo, Great Lakes, Bridgehampton, Cooperstown, Mänttä, Bowdoin, Maverick, Skaneateles, and Montreal, and he has collaborated with luminaries of the field such as Paul Watkins, Augustin Hadelich, Eugene Drucker, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, James Ehnes, and The Orion, Shanghai, Takács, and Dover String Quartets. Mr. Dank’s recent performance of the monumental set of variations “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” at the University of Chicago has been selected as one of the top ten performances of 2017 by the Chicago Classical Review.

Mr. Dank is an ardent advocate for contemporary music, and has performed in recent seasons Kevin Puts’ piano concerto “Night,” the Tobias Picker concerto, “Keys to the City,” Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” William Bolcom’s Pulitzer-winning set of “Twelve New Etudes,” and has given, alongside pianist and wife, Soyeon Kate Lee, the world premieres of Frederic Rzewski’s “Four Hands,” and Alexander Goehr’s “Seven Impromptus.” This season Mr. Dank and Soyeon Kate lee will feature the world premiere of multiple grammy-nominated pianist and composer’s Marc-André Hamelin’s “Tango” for piano four-hands.

Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee have established a series of concerts, Music by the Glass, held in a New York SoHo art gallery, where the audience of young professionals listen, mix and mingle with performing artists who play solo pieces and chamber works accompanied by treats sweet and savory, paired with wines by the glass.

Ran Dank is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition, and First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.


Sunday, February 23, 7:00PM, Kirkland Performance Center
Sponsored by The Rainier Group Inc, Sharon & Steven Lagerberg

2016, 2018: ERIC LU

Saturday, October 14, 2017
288 106th Ave NE Suite 203, Bellevue, WA, 98004

Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 7pm
Bellevue Presbyterian Church
1717 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004
Maestro Michael Miropolsky & Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Haeyoon Shin, Concert Cellist


Sunday, December 9 at 5 PM – 8 PM
Bastyr University Chapel
14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, Washington 98028


Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2 PM - 5 PM
Resonance at SOMA TOWERS


by Steven Lagerberg

Dr. Steven Lagerberg is retired as a practicing physician from Kaiser Permanente and is the founder of the NW Council of the Chopin Foundation. Steven is the author of: Chopin's Heart: The Quest to Identify the Mysterious Illness of the World's Most Beloved Composer and Essays on Chopin. 
Copyright 2020-21. Steven Lagerberg. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher. 

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