Bonnie Kellert, Competition Chair,

The 2014 61st Annual Washington International Competition for Piano took place on June 7 and June 8, 2014. Semi-finals were on Saturday, June 7 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm at the George Washington University, Benjamin T. Rome Hall, 801 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC. Finals were held on Sunday, June 8 at 2:00 pm in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.


Housing was provided for all semifinalists. These accommodations included access to a good piano for practice.


  • First Prize—$10,000
  • Second Prize—$5,000
  • Third Prize—$3,000
  • Finalist Prize (3)—$1,000 each
  • Audience Prize—$1,000

2014 Winners

The winners of the 2014 Piano Competition were:

  • $10,000 First Prize, Louis A. Potter Award — Somang Jeagal, 30
  • $5,000 Second Prize, N. Meyer and Sarah Sugar Baker Award — Hyun Ji You, 27
  • $3,000 Third Prize, Ann and Betty Schein Award — Joshua Wright, 26
  • $1,000 Finalist Prize, FMMC Foundation Award (anonymous donor) — Nicholas King, 24
  • $1,000 Finalist Prize, Genevieve G. Mason Award — Mohamed Shams, 30
  • $1,000 Finalist Prize, Dorothy Cross Bourgin Award — Yinfei Wang, 27
  • $1,000 Finalist Prize, Alice and Arthur Nagle Award — Christine Wu, 21
  • $1,000 Finalist Prize, Adele Hargreaves Woolsey Award — Gvantsa Zangaladze, 27
  • Audience Prize, Amelia Stieglitz Wishner and Viola Musher Award — Joshua Wright, 26

Performance Awards

  • Phillips Collection Solo Recital in Washington, DC
  • Solo Recital in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (Alice Nagle Fund)
  • Solo appearance with the FMMC Avanti Orchestra in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


  • Jerome Rose
  • Ilana Vered
  • Ralph Votapek

Click here to learn more about the judges.


Applicants must not be under professional management. The 2014 Washington International Competition for Piano is open to pianists age 18 to 30 as of the competition date. Proof of age will be required. Previous first-prize winners of this competition may not apply.


To apply, click this link: Please direct all questions regarding the application process to DecisionDesk.

For further information contact Bonnie Kellert at

Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2014 until the deadline on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Required Repertoire

  1. J. S Bach: Any work. (Pieces with multiple sections or movements must be prepared in their entirety.)
  2. An entire Classical Sonata of one of the following composers: Mozart, Haydn and  Beethoven (excluding Op. 49).
  3. A major work from the Romantic Period.
  4. A substantial work from the 20th or 21st century.
  5. A piece of the contestant’s choice not to exceed approximately 5 minutes.
  6. Applicants should be prepared to perform all submitted repertoire for the semifinal and final rounds.
  7. All music must be performed by memory.
  8. The submitted repertoire program should be a minimum of 60 minutes.

Regulations and Instructions

  1. No changes in repertoire permitted past the deadline date on February 15, 2017.
  2. Submit a maximum of 35 minutes chosen from your required repertoire for the audition video. List of formats allowed on the Getacceptd site. The selections should present a representation of your playing.
  3. A jury will review submissions and select 16 semifinalists.
  4. All applicants will be notified of the results by mid-March.
  5. Semifinalists will be sent further instructions as needed.

Additional Information

  1. FMMC Foundation assumes no responsibility for actions of or injuries sustained by applicants or their escorts during their course of stay in the Washington, DC area.
  2. All contestants are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, DC.
  3. The decision of the judges is final and not to be disputed. No contact with the judges is permitted until after the results have been announced.
  4. The WIC reserves the right to use any recordings or photographs originated during the competitions, or any photographs or recordings provided by the contestants.