Chapman Memorial Piano Competition
This biennial (every two years) piano competition is open to all Waukesha County piano students age 14 through 20. Each student prepares a selection from the repertoire list to perform by memory for a panel of judges. The competition winner receives a scholarship and the opportunity to perform with the Wisconsin Philharmonic. The scholarship is given in memory of Eleanor Chapman, a long time beloved piano teacher in the Waukesha area.
The next Chapman Memorial Piano Competition will be held in the Spring of 2019.
Click here for the repertoire list and more information. Chapman Memorial Piano Competition 2019
About Eric Chen – 2017 Winner
Eric Chen, age 18, is currently a senior at Brookfield Central High School. He has studied piano with Dr. Michael Thiele at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for twelve years, having won numerous awards in various competitions. Not only has he won first place in the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Scholarship Auditions for eight consecutive years, but he has also been awarded four concerts from the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association (MMTA), having participated in the Youth Concert Series program since sixth grade. Most recently, Eric won the Debut Concert Award and performed a 45-minute solo concert this past April. Among his other accomplishments are fourth place in the Chopin Youth Piano Competition at Polish Fest in 2012 and second place in the Greater Milwaukee Baroque Festival in 2011.
At school, Eric plays piano in the jazz band and pit orchestra. Other musical endeavors include his experience in playing the violin, which he has studied for nine years with Mr. Yuri Anisimov. Eric’s involvement outside of music is also extensive — he enjoys swimming competitively for Brookfield Central’s varsity swim team and writing for the school newspaper as editor-in-chief. Having grown up in a musical family, he hopes to continue his passion for music into college and throughout his life.