Now in its 14th year, the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is recognized as one of the most prestigious European international piano competitions.

Ball State University has been selected once again as the North American host for the preliminary round of the 2018 competition. The other five preliminary round sites are London, England; Manchester, England; Berlin, Germany; Milan, Italy; and Tokyo, Japan.

Preliminary round winner will perform in the continuing stages of the competition in Hastings, England. The six competition finalists will perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and receive monetary prizes.

First prize is £15,000 and additional performance engagements.

Enter the Competition

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline—October 15,2017
  • Preliminary Round Competition Dates (North America)—November 10-12, 2017
  • Competition Dates in Hastings, England—February 22 to March 3, 2018

Megaphone

Pianist Kenneth Broberg, winner of the 2017 Hastings competition, will perform with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2017.

Competition participants will perform in the critically acclaimed Sursa Performance Hall, located in the Music Instruction Building on the Ball State campus. Participants will perform on a new Hamburg Steinway D and will have new Bs and Os available for practice.

Airport Shuttle Service

Ball State will offer complimentary round-trip airport shuttle service from the Indianapolis International Airport, approximately 75 miles southwest of Muncie, to the campus. Shuttle times will be announced at a later date.

Driving Directions

For driving directions, view the map of Muncie, Indiana (PDF).

Parking

Competition participants should park in the McKinley Avenue Parking Garage, at McKinley and Ashland Avenues, south of the Music Instruction Building. Metered parking is on the bottom floor with pay stations at each pedestrian exit. Participants staying at the University Hotel will receive a parking pass for the parking lot adjacent to the Student Center.

University Hotel
Ball State University
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306
765-285-1555

The University Hotel is located in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center on the Ball State campus. The Student Center features a Starbucks, Taco Bell, and food court, and is two blocks south of the Music Instruction Building. A 15 percent discount is being offered to all competition participants. To receive the discount, book your accommodations by October 18, 2017, and mention the block code 1711HAS or the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Please note that the block is for the evenings of November 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th.

Holiday Inn Express
4201 W. Bethel Ave.
Muncie, IN 47304
877-410-6667 (toll free)

Fairfield Inn
4011 W. Bethel Ave.
Muncie, IN
47304
765-282-6666

Hampton Inn
4220 W. Bethel Ave.
Muncie, IN 47304
844-239-8521 (toll free)

Tickets will go on sale at the Emens Auditorium Box Office in August. Please note that the Emens Box Office is currently operating out of the Sursa Hall Box Office due to construction.

The Sursa Hall Box Office will be open each day of the competition.

Daily Admission

general admission—$15
seniors—$10
youth—$7
Ball State students and employees—$5

Competition times are TBA.

Tickets for the Muncie Symphony Orchestra concert featuring the 2017 Hastings winner Kenneth Broberg can be purchased online through the orchestra’s website.

Patrons attending the symphony orchestra concert may use their ticket or ticket stub for free admission to any or all of the competition audition dates.

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2016 Results

Dong-Wan Ha, Julan Wang, and ChaoJun Yang were identified as the top pianists at this year's North American preliminary round and received complimentary round-trip airfare (courtesy of the Ball State College of Fine Arts) to Hastings, England for the final stages of the competition in February 2017. Additional pianists selected to advance to Hastings are listed below.

Solomon Eichner
Yi Chen Feng
Jiwon Han
Xuesha Hu
Youkyoung Kim
Narae Lee
Martin Leung
Brian Lin
Fanya Lin
Meng-Sheng Shen

2015 Results

The top two winners of the North American preliminary round were Samuel Deason and Eric Zuber. Deason and Zuber received complimentary roundtrip airfare (courtesy of the Ball State College of Fine Arts) to Hastings, England for the final stages of the competition. Additional pianists selected to advance to Hastings are listed below.

Solomon Eichner (student of Joseph Rackers at the University of South Carolina)
Bo Hao (student of Boaz Sharon at Boston University)
Rixiang Huang (student of Antonio Pompa-Baldi & Paul Schenly at the Cleveland Institute of Music)
Andreas Ioannides (student of Edmund Battersby & Menahem Pressler at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music)
Richard Jeric (student of John O'Conor at Shenandoah Conservatory)
Oliver Jia (student of Logan Skelton at the University of Michigan)
Kathy Tai-Hsuan Lee (student of Karen Shaw at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music)
Hanbo Ma (student of Daniel Pollack at the University of Southern California)
Jason Simon (student of Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the Cleveland Institute of Music)
Alan Woo (student of Yong Hi Moon at Peabody Conservatory)
Zhi Yin (student of Pavel Nersessian at Boston University)