Harvard student wins prestigious piano competition

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The Eighth New York International Piano Competition (NYIPC), presented under the auspices of The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation of New York, has crowned the winners of the competition. Harvard College student Aristo Sham ’18 claimed the Joyce B. Cowin First Prize, along with a $10,000 cash award and concert and recital appearances presented by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. Aristo Sham was also awarded Best Performance of the Required Contemporary Work by Lowell Liebermann, who was commissioned to write a piece for the competition. Mr. Sham was also granted $1,500 for this prize.

Twenty-two pianists, ages 16-21, gathered from across the globe for the week-long event, which included four rounds plus a series of masterclasses and seminars. Awards are also given to the best duo, paired at the beginning of the competition, to perform in the ensemble round. The New York International Piano Competition’s policy of no elimination is unique to the competition; each contestant performed in all four rounds and was judged by a jury of some of the most distinguished members of the music community. Every participant returns home either as a prize winner or finalist award recipient. The level of competition has been uniformly high over the event’s 12 year history; former winners have gone on to win the Gilmore Young Artist Award, The Juilliard School’s William Petschek Recital Award, the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts at Harvard University, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and some to become National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Presidential Scholars.

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