Created in 1987, the International Steinway Festival was envisioned as a non-competitive concert that celebrates musical excellence, the fostering of musical community, and the nurturing of young pianists in the formative stages of their careers. It is now being held every two years in Hamburg, Germany.
In the Philippines, Steinway Boutique Manila, in partnership with BDO Private Bank holds a national competition among young pianists aged 17 and below to determine a grand winner who will compete in the worldwide edition.
This year, the the 3rd Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition was held on Saturday featuring finalists Hansel Harel Ang, Irene Lee, and Andrea Bernadette Verzosa for Category 2 (ages 12 to 14); and Jet Stephen Chong, Carlos Raphael Cornelio, and Moriah Ongchoco for Category 3 (ages 15 to 17).
After the evening’s performances, only one will be selected by a panel of internationally acclaimed judges as the Philippine representative to the Steinway Regional Finals Asia Pacific, and will be hailed as the grand prize winner.
From there, the winner will further compete with the representatives of participating countries—Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore,South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam—for a spot at the International Steinway Festival in Hamburg, Germany.
Nathan John Torento, national winner of the 2014 Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition says, “I am greatly thankful to Steinway for providing us young pianists and our families with such wonderful opportunities.The Steinway Youth Piano Competition was truly a life-changing and eye-opening experience for me; not only was I able to join a real international competition for the first time, but I was also able to make a whole new set of friends . . . I cannot express how grateful I am to have been part of this competition.”