Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

Hastings International Piano Concerto
Competition - Preliminary Round

Now in its 13th 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 2017 competition. The other three preliminary round sites are Tokyo, Japan; London, England; and Hamburg, Germany. Preliminary round winners will perform in the final 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 £10,000 and additional performance engagements. Enter the competition.

Preliminary Round Results

Dong-Wan Ha, Julan Wang, and ChaoJun Yang 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 final stages of the competition in February 2017. Additional pianists selected to advance to Hastings will be notified by December 1.

Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

Learn more by visiting the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition site.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: September 21, 2016
Preliminary Round Competition Dates (North America): October 7-9, 2016
Competition Dates in Hastings, England: February 23-March 4, 2017
Pianist Tzu-Yin Huang, winner of the 2016 Hastings competition, will present a solo recital on October 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Sursa Hall

Facilities

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.

Transportation

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.

Accommodations

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 September 22, 2016, and mention the block code 1610HAS or the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Please note that the block is for the evenings of October 7th, 8th, and 9th.

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

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 is $15, $10 for seniors, $7 for youth, and $5 for all Ball State employees and students. Competition times are TBA. Tickets for Tzu-Yin Huang's solo recital are $35 or $15 for students with an ID. Patrons attending Ms. Huang's recital may use their ticket stub for free admission to any or all of the competition audition dates.

Last Year's Preliminary Round 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)

Contact Us

Robert Palmer
Mauzy-Porter Distinguished Professor of Piano

Rebecca Braun
Assistant to the Director of the School of Music

Photo and logo courtesy of Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, used with permission.