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. Auditions will be held Tuesday, March 22, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Waukesha. Applications are due March 13, 2022 and must have the required application fee of $15 payable to the Wisconsin Philharmonic enclosed. Competitor must choose one selection from the following repertoire to perform from memory:
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1, first movement
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3, last movement
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4, first or last movements
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5, first or second AND third movements
Fauré – Ballade
Franck – Symphonic Variations
Grieg – Piano Concerto in A Minor, first movement
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, last movement
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 (“Elvira Madigan”), last movement
Mendelssohn – Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, first or third movements
Saint-Saens – Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, first movement
Note: An accompanist is required. A second piano will be available for your accompanist.
About Andy Liu – 2019 Winner
Andy Liu is a 16-year-old senior at Brookfield Academy. He has been studying piano with Mrs. Margarita Kontorovsky for 10 years. His piano awards and honors include:2nd place in the Biennial Wisconsin Youth Piano Competition in 2017 and 2019; semifinalist in the 2019 Bolz Young Artist Competition; winner of the 2019 Chapman Memorial Piano Competition; winner in the Piano Solo Musically Advanced 2 and Piano Concerto Senior Divisions in the 2019 WFMC State Festival Competition; 2ndplace in 2019 Wisconsin State Badger Competition; 1stplace in LCMC Baroque Festival (Grade 9-12) in 2018. In addition, he has been selected to play as a soloist four times in the Biennial Youth Concert Series presented by the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association.
Besides piano, Andy also studies cello with Dr. Stefan Kartman, a professor at UWM. He has been a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) since 2015. He is currently the co-principal cellist in MYSO’s Senior Symphony. He also plays in Frank Almond’s Honors String Quartet at MYSO. He was the principal of theMetropolitan Symphony Orchestra in 2017-2018 and received honorable mention in the 2018 MYSO Concerto Competition.
At school, Andy is a well-rounded student and an active member of many clubs and teams, such as math, science bowl, chess, and table tennis clubs, where he holds multiple leadership positions. He is the co-president of the Math Club, president of the Table Tennis Club, Captain of the Science Bowl team, and the Executive Treasurer of Student Council.
Andy Liu will perform the first movement of Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with the Wisconsin Philharmonic on Sunday December 8th at Carroll University's Shattuck Music Center. Tickets available here.