A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition

The A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition was founded in 1990 to honor Mr. Rivera as an extraordinary and inspirational teacher. The competition reflects his uncompromisingly high standards for artistry in music and beauty of sound and is intended to encourage young pianists to continue their search for excellence.

2017-2018 Important Dates

Sunday, April 1, 2018: Entry Deadline
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 12-5 pm: Preliminaries (Rivera Recital Hall)
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2:30 pm: Finals (Rivera Recital Hall)

Online application form will be available on December 1st, 2017.


The competition is open to pianists in grades 9 through 12.

The Rivers Division is open only to pianists studying piano at The Rivers School Conservatory; these students compete for scholarship prizes.

The Open Division is open to any pianist in grade 9 through 12; these students compete for cash prizes.

Competitors are only eligible to compete on one division and first prize winners are not eligible to compete in the same division for two consecutive years.

Applicants are required to play two pieces from memory (no concertos):

  • A Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach from WTC Book I or II
  • A contrasting piece from a different period

Additionally:

  • Total length must not exceed 15 minutes
  • Playing time in the preliminary audition will be limited to 10 minutes
  • Applicants must bring clean scores for the judges (no photocopies) to both rounds of the competition

Previous First Prize Winners

Ahana Mukhopadhyay (2017)
Evren Ozel (2016)
Niklas Kniesche (2015)
Victor Li & Alicia Juan (2014)
Christopher Staknys & Eric Lu (2013)
Nicholas Griffiths (2012)
Aaron Behr & Matthew Wu (2011)
Harry Li & Mackenzie Melemed (2010)
Evan Rees & Chi Wei Lo (2009)
Martin Falk & Ariel Borensztein (2008)
Roger Creel (2007)
Roger Creel & Katherine Peterson (2006)
Erli Veizaj & Yundu Wang (2005)
Sean Martinez, Luis F. Ortiz & Jessica Yam (2004)
Larry Weng & Yang Yang (2003)
Sang-Eun Hwang, Aaron Marcus &
Emi Okumura (2002)
Alexander Kossey (2001)
Eben Lichtman & Olga Parsegova (2000)
Ingrid Phoebe Keller & Alexander Kossey (1999)
Jessica Tai (1998)
Katherine Fisher (1996)
David Greco (1995)
Jocelyn Chapman (1994)
Drew Baker (1993)
Jonathan Jao (1992)
Kimberly Hamill (1991)