Monday, June 10th

Classical Piano - Open - Group B

Adjudicator: Paul Williamson

Classical Piano - Open - 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:Valerie TamTitles:
Partita No. 1 in B flat Major, BWV 825, Praeludium and Gigue by J.S. Bach
Sonata No.12 in A flat Major, op.26, 1st and 2nd mvts. by L. van Beethoven
Nocturne in B Major, op. 62, no. 1 by F. Chopin
Les collines d'Anacapri (no. 5) by C. Debussy
Home Festival:Toronto
Time:9:30 AMName:Yinuo ShiTitles:
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV827 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in A minor, op. 42, D 845 by Franz Schubert
Une Barque sur I'ocean (no. 3) by Maurice Ravel
Home Festival:Ottawa Kiwanis
Time:10:30 AMName:Maja ZbogarTitles:
Sonata in E Minor, op. 7 by Edvard Grieg
Étude no. 11 by Claude Debussy
10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, op. 75, Young Juliet (No. 4), Lily Dance of the Maidens (No. 9), the Montagues and Capulets (No. 6) by Sergei Prokofiev
Home Festival:London
Time:11:10 AMName:Ryan Yunen GuTitles:
Prelude and Fugue in F Major, BWV856 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Rondo à la mazur in F major, op 5 by Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne in E major, op. 62, no. 2 by Frédéric Chopin
Etude, op. 25, no. 6 by Frédéric Chopin
Suggestion Diabolique, op. 4, no. 4 by Sergei Prokofiev
Home Festival:North York Live
Time:1:00 PMName:Sophie HuangTitles:
Partita no. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Ballade no. 2 in F major, op. 38 by Frederic Chopin
Glass Houses (no. 10) by Ann Southam
Home Festival:Peel
Time:1:45 PMName:Vera LiTitles:
Prelude and Fugue in E Flat Minor, BWV 853 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata No.21 "Waldstein" in C Major, op. 53, 1st and 2nd mvts. by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ballade in G Minor. op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Home Festival:Yip's
Time:2:20 PMName:Tai CohenTitles:
Sonata in C sharp Minor, op. 27, no. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, op. 23 by Frederic Chopin
Reflets Dans l'eau (no. 1) by Claude Debussy
Home Festival:Unionville

3:00 PM - Workshop and Announcement of Winners – MANDATORY

Workshop will be held from approximately 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm.

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

5:15 PM - Open Piano Playoff

Open Piano Playoff will be held at Wellington Square United Church - 2121 Caroline Street from 5:15 pm to approximately 6:30 pm.

Playoff competitor will need to travel to Wellington Square United Church for the playoffs.