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2016 IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition Winners

2016 GM Piano Competition Winners

Watch the 2016 PBS39 broadcast of the winners recital by clicking this link.

Thank you to all the young pianists who participated in the 2016 competition. The 2016 winners are as follows:

Elementary Division (Ages 9 and Under)

  • 1st Prize: Kenny Wang, age 8, Fort Wayne, IN, student of Christine Freeman
  • 2nd Prize: Chloe Park, age 9, Fort Wayne, IN, student of Rebekah Smith
  • 3rd Prize: Joshua Wang, age 8, Toledo, OH, student of Esther Chiu
  • Honorable Mention: Cindy Cai, age 8, Toledo, OH, student of Esther Chiu
  • Honorable Mention: Felix Zhang, age 9, Granger, IN, student of Melissa Luan

Intermediate Division (Ages 10-12)

  • 1st Prize: Haruka Sasaki, age 11, Findlay, OH, student of Kathleen Price
  • 2nd Prize: Catherine Ji, age 10, Fort Wayne, IN, student of Christine Freeman
  • 3rd prize: Sai Ann Hamm, age 12, Middletown, IN, student of Galit Gertsenzon
  • Honorable Mention: Faith Seo, age 12, Toledo, OH, student of Esther Chiu

Junior Division (Ages 13-15)

  • 1st Prize: Liya Jin, age 15, Kalamazoo, MI, student of Annie Leong
  • 2nd Prize: Sage Hamm, age 15, Middletown, IN, student of Galit Gertsenzon
  • 3rd Prize: Cecilia Horner, age 14, South Bend, IN, student of Kathleen Kessey
  • Honorable Mention: Kevin Wang, age 13, Fort Wayne, IN, student of Hamilton Tescarollo
  • Honorable Mention: Mei Lanting, age 14, Kalamazoo, MI, student of Annie Leong

Senior Division (Ages 16-18)

  • 1st Prize: Peter Rutkowski, age 16, Granger, IN, student of John Blacklow
  • 2nd Prize: Thomas Schilb, age 17, Fort Wayne, IN, student of Dave Latchaw
  • 3rd Prize: Josiah Lund, age 16, Fort Wayne, IN, student of Christine Freeman
  • Honorable Mention: Allyn Beifus, age 16, Fort Wayne, IN, student of Hamilton Tescarollo

Gene-Marcus-Piano-Competition-Mark

Please click here to download the 2018 competition application.

About the IPFW Facilities and the Rhinehart Music Center

Rhinehart Music Center

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is a Carnegie Community Engaged University that awards Indiana University bachelor's degrees in music. The piano competition and camp will be held in the Rhinehart Music Center, a facility built in 2007 to serve the university and community. It provides an ideal learning environment, including excellent rehearsal spaces, studios and performance halls. Ample practice facilities are available, including a number of rooms with grand pianos.

CAA Rhinehart Recital Hall

For More Information

The IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition is under the direction of Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo, Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at IPFW. Questions regarding the program should be directed to him at 260-481-6723 or tescaroh@ipfw.edu.

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