Chen-Li Tzeng, Competition Chair,
Grace McFarlane, Assistant Competition Chair,
Leslie Luxemburg, Foundation Director,

The 2017 64th Annual Washington International Competition for Piano will take place on June 3 and 4, 2017. Semifinals will be at the University of the District of Columbia Music Department, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008 on Saturday, June 3 from 9:30-5:00 pm. The finals will be on Sunday, June 4 in the UDC Theatre for the Arts from 2:00-5:00 pm.


Housing will be offered to all semifinalists. These accommodations in private homes will include access to an excellent piano.


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

2017 Winners

The winners of the 2017 Piano Competition were:

  • $10,000 First Prize, Louis A. Potter Award — Yi-Yang Chen, 26 (Taiwan)
  • $5,000 Second Prize, Baker Memorial Award — Saetbyeol Kim, 28 (South Korea)
  • $3,000 Third Prize, Ann and Betty Schein Award — Christopher Goodpasture, 27 (USA)
  • $1,000 Finalist Prize, George Manos Award — Kyle Orth, 26 (USA)
  • $1,000 Finalist Prize, George Manos Award — Josquin Otal, 24 (France)
  • $1,000 Finalist Prize, George Manos Award — Chelsea Wang, 23 (USA)
  • $1,000 Audience Prize, Viola Musher Memorial Award — Kyle Orth, 26 (USA)

Performance Awards

  • Solo appearance with the FMMC Avanti Orchestra
  • Solo recital in Washington, DC (Alice Nagle Fund)


Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (as of the date of the competition). Proof of age will be required. Applicants must not be under professional management. Previous first-prize winners of the competition and current students of the judges may not apply.


Applications will be found at Please direct all questions regarding the application process to Getacceptd. Please address specific repertoire questions to Chen-Li Tzeng at wicpiano2017@gmail.comApplications will be accepted from September 15, 2016 until the deadline on February 15, 2017.

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, Beethoven (excluding Op. 49), or Schubert.
  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 10 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.