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 winners 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.
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Preliminary Round Results
The following competitors were identified as the top pianists at this year's North American preliminary round and will receive complimentary round-trip airfare (courtesy of the Ball State College of Fine Arts) to Hastings, England for the continuing stages of the competition in February 2018:
Daniel Baer (Eastman School of Music)
Sylvia Jang (The Juilliard School)
Inyoung Kim (Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)
The following competitor will also advance and will receive assisted airfare from the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition:
Priscilla Navarro (University of Miami Frost School of Music)
Additional pianists selected to advance to Hastings will be notified by December 11.
- Application Deadline—October 15, 2017
- Preliminary Round Competition Dates (North America)—November 8-12, 2017
- Competition Dates in Hastings, England—February 22 to March 3, 2018
Pianist Kenneth Broberg, winner of the 2017 Hastings competition, will perform with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra on November 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Sursa Hall.
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. The shuttle will pick up competition participants from the airport at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. on November 10, 11, and 12. The shuttle will leave Ball State for the airport at 8 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. on these same dates. There will be at least one shuttle scheduled for November 9 and 13 with the time TBD.
When making flight arrangements, please keep in mind that the drive to Ball State from the airport typically takes 75-85 minutes.
For driving directions, view the map of Muncie, Indiana (PDF).
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.
Ball State University
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306
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.
4220 W. Bethel Ave.
Muncie, IN 47304
844-239-8521 (toll free)
Tickets are now on sale at the Emens Auditorium Box Office.
The Sursa Hall Box Office will be open each day of the competition for which tickets are sold.
Daily Admission (November 10-12)
Ball State students, employees, and alumni—$5
Note: Due to the high number of applicants, the competition will commence on Wednesday, November 8. Admission to the competition is free on November 8 and 9.
November 8: 10:30 a.m. – noon & 1:30 – 3 p.m.
November 9: 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
November 10 &11: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
November 12: 9:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Tickets for the Muncie Symphony Orchestra concert featuring the 2017 Hastings winner Kenneth Broberg can be purchased at the Emens Auditorium Box Office.
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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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.
Yi Chen Feng
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)