The mission of the San Antonio International Piano Competition is to sponsor public competition among aspiring pianists from around the world, to encourage development of pianists in Greater San Antonio and Texas, and to promote the appreciation of piano artistry by the general public.
To reach as many people as possible, most SAIPC events are offered free or at modest ticket prices. Several ongoing programs help us achieve our mission:
Virtuoso Outreach: This program delivers free performances by accomplished professional pianists. These musicians perform at Haven for Hope, the Neighborhood Place, and other organizations serving senior citizens and veterans in San Antonio.
The Piano Series: Visiting professional pianists provide inspirational and educational concert hall performances with affordable ticket prices between $10 and $20.
Music Ambassadors: Introduced in the 2014/15 season, this program identifies young and talented San Antonio area pianists of high school age or younger. Five of them are selected as SAIPC Music Ambassadors. These promising young artists receive concert opportunities that build their performance skills while bringing the gift of music to the greater San Antonio community.
The San Antonio International Piano Competition
Held every four years, our signature event, the International Piano Competition is next scheduled for 2020. This weeklong event brings 12 of the world’s most talented young pianists to San Antonio to compete for professional artistic opportunities and cash prizes. Thirty incredible performances are presented free of charge.
Founded in 1983 and presented 12 times to date, the Competition is dedicated to providing an enriching musical experience for South Texas audiences. Focused on pianists between the ages of 20 and 32, the Competition provides significant cash awards through a series of daily concerts given by 12 Competitors, five concerts by Finalists, and a final Winners Recital.
For each competition a work is commissioned by a major composer, which then will be performed by the five finalists.
In addition to Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals awarded for first, second and third place, additional cash prizes are awarded for best performance of the Commissioned New Work, plus a Baroque work; a Classical work; a Romantic work; a 20th-21st Century work; a work by a Russian composer and a work by a Spanish or Latin American composer.
The recipients of all these awards perform at the gala Winner’s Recital.
Sung Chang 2016 Silver Medalist performs Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka