Friday, June 14th

Classical Piano - Diploma - Group B

Adjudicator: Paul Williamson

Classical Piano - Diploma - Group B

Included in CBC Music's 2017 edition of "30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30," Paul Williamson has established himself as one of Canada's promising young pianists. He received first prize at both the 2014 Canadian National Music Festival and the 2017 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association National Piano Competition in addition to three semifinal awards. He is also a prizewinner of the 2020 WMC McLellan Competition and received 3rd prize at the 2022 Shean Piano Competition and the 2023 Bader and Overton Canadian Piano Competition.

Currently a Doctor of Musical Arts degree candidate at Northwestern University, Williamson also holds degrees from the Colburn School (AD, Mmus) and the University of Manitoba (Bmus). He has studied under James Giles, Fabio Bidini, David Moroz, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Williamson has participated in the following festivals: Morningside Music Bridge, Aspen, Orford, Music Academy of the West, Scotia, Creative Dialogue XIII; and held residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. In the spring of 2023, Williamson recorded his debut solo album featuring the music of Franz Liszt for Naxos Records. He has also recorded an album of the music of Canadian composer Tristan Zaba alongside Canadian soprano Mckenzie Warriner for the Centrediscs label. Williamson is grateful to have his career supported by the Amron-Sutherland Grant for Young Pianists from the Colburn School and for the support of the BC Arts Council.


Port Nelson United Church
3132 South Drive
Burlington, On L7N 1H7

TimeNameTitlesHome Festival
Time:9:00 AMName:Helen KimTitles:
Un Sospiro - Three concert etudes, no.3, Complete by Franz Liszt
Prelude and Fugue in C sharp Major, BWV 848 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Home Festival:Peel
Time:9:15 AMName:Adrian ChanTitles:
Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, op.13 ('Pathétique'), 1st and 2nd mvts. by Ludwig van Beethoven
Prelude, op. 23, no. 5 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Home Festival:Take the Stage
Time:9:35 AMName:Colin ZhangTitles:
Prelude and Fugue in F sharp Minor, BWV 883 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Gnomenreigen (no. 2) by Franz Liszt
Home Festival:Yip's
Time:9:50 AMName:Richard LongTitles:
Prelude & Fugue in G Major, BWV 860 by Johann Sebastian Bach
8 Concert Etudes, no. 7, op. 40, Intermezzo by Nikolai Kapustin
Home Festival:Guelph
Time:10:05 AMName:Ethan LiuTitles:
Dumka in C minor, op. 59 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Rhapsody in C Major, op. 11, no. 3 by Ernö Dohnányi
Home Festival:Hamilton
Time:10:25 AMName:Ruoyi QiaoTitles:
Estampes Jardins sous la pluie (no. 3) by Claude Debussy
The Lark, transc. from Mikhail Glinka by Mily Balakirev
Home Festival:Pickering GTA
Time:10:40 AMName:Marie Ann DenauTitles:
Prelude and Fugue in C sharp Major, BWV 848 by J. S. Bach
Sonata in B Minor, op. 40, no. 2 by Muzio Clementi
Home Festival:Stratford
Time:11:05 AMName:Harvey Xiaoci XUTitles:
Sonata in E flat Major, Hob. XVI/49 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Danzas argentinas, op. 2 by Alberto Ginastera
Home Festival:Toronto
Time:11:35 PMName:Wayne LuTitles:
Nocturne in C Minor, op. 48, no. 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Basso Ostinato by Rodion Shchedrin
Home Festival:IMFC
Time:1:00 PMName:Allan BordovskyTitles:
Sonata in C Minor, op. 13 ("Pathétique"), 1st & 2nd mvts. by Ludwig van Beethoven
Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Home Festival:Ottawa Piano
Time:1:30 PMName:Matthew KwanTitles:
The Lark by Mily Balakirev
Sonata in E flat Major, op. 31, no. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Home Festival:Peterborough
Time:1:55 PMName:Olivia CardilloTitles:
Prelude and Fugue in C Sharp Major, BWV 848 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in A Major, K 331 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Home Festival:Oshawa

2:30 PM - Workshop and Announcement of Winners – MANDATORY

Workshop will be held from approximately 2:30 pm until 4:00 pm.

Announcement of the winners and top competitor chosen to go to the Playoffs will happen at the end of the workshop.

4:30 PM - Diploma Classical Piano Playoff

The Diploma Piano Playoffs will be held at Pineland Baptist Church - 5100 New Street - from 4:30 pm to approximately 6:00 pm.

Playoff competitor will have to travel to Pineland Baptist Church.