Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition

For over a decade the legacy of Marilyn Mindell has lived on in this competition. Marilyn was a tireless and passionate advocate for music education in San Mateo County and was a supporter of PSO for many years.

The Competition features both junior and senior divisions. In addition to cash prizes, the winner of the senior division performs a concerto movement with the Peninsula Symphony on our Family Concert on April 7, 2019 at 3pm, and winners of the junior division perform their solo selections in a recital format prior to the orchestra's performance that afternoon at 2:15pm. More information on our Family Concert here.

 
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2019 SENIOR DIVISION WINNERS

First Prize– Solomon Ge (2nd from left)
Second Prize – Spencer Cha (3rd from left)
Third Prize – Daniel Mah (Right)
Sonata Prize – Solomon Ge

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2019 JUNIOR DIVISION WINNERS

Brian Lin, Albert Su & Celicia Thendean

Junior Division Honorable Mentions

Ray Chen, Coco Connor, Curtis Yi Li, Samuel Li, Angelina Wong, Stanley Du, Yejin Song, Daniel Yim


2020 Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition

The 2020 Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition will be held at the Braun Music Center on the Stanford University campus. The Jury will include Peninsula Symphony Music Director, Mitchell Sardou Klein and Stanford University Professor, Fred Weldy. More details to come in September 2019. Here are entry requirements from the 2019 competition below:

For general information and inquiries, please contact us at info@peninsulasymphony.org or (650) 941-5291

2019 Senior Competition Eligibility and Requirements

Eligibility: Open to all pianists 15-18 years old as of February 2, 2019, residing in the Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties.

 Prizes:

  • 1st prize - $1000, in addition to a performance of one movement of a concerto with the Peninsula Symphony at the Family Concert on April 7, 2019

  • 2nd prize - $500

  • 3rd prize - $250

  • Best Performance of a Sonata - $200

Repertoire: One movement of a Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn Sonata; and One movement of a Concerto (chosen from the concerti list).

2019 Junior Competition Eligibility and Requirements

Eligibility: Open to all pianists 10-14 years old as of February 2, 2019, residing in the Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties.

Prizes:

Three winners will be selected.  Prize includes:

  • $100

  • Award Certificate

  • Performance at the Peninsula Symphony’s Family Concert on April 7, 2019

Repertoire: One solo piano piece with a time limit of 6-10 minutes.  The submitted repertoire will be subject to approval by the competition.