Oakridge Park Piano Competition

September 18th, 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended the Oakridge Park Piano Competition last month. Showcase, alongside Westbank and QuadReal, were thrilled to host 21 talented pianists to compete in the junior and senior finals.

The Jurors

Our renowned jurors for the event were Ken Hsieh, Patrick May and Noel McRobbie. 

Conductor Kenneth Hsieh, has gained widespread attention for his vibrant performances, making him one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors on the international stage today. The 2020-2021 season marks his 18th year as Music Director of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra in addition to his many international guest conducting engagements. 

Patrick May received his musical training at the University of British Columbia’s School of Music, studying piano with Henri-Paul Sicsic, chamber music with Terrance Dawson and Lee Kum Sing, and collaborative piano with Rena Sharon. In addition to maintaining a busy teaching career, Patrick is also president of The Vancouver Chopin Society.

Noel McRobbie first received national attention after receiving top prize at the Eckhardt-Grammatté Piano Competition. In addition, he has received prizes at the CBC Début Concert Artist Series, Grand Konzerteum International Piano Competition, Seiler International Piano Competition, and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. Currently he teaches at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he is on the college faculty, and Place des Arts. 

The Winners

The competition began at 10:00am on Saturday, September 18th, with the awards ceremony and winners concert happening on Sunday, September 19th.

For the complete competition program, please see here: https://showcasepianos.com/oakridge-international-piano-competition-finals/ 

We thank everyone who attended the competition, and a hearty congratulations to all competitors and winners!

Jaeden Izik-Dzurko

Grand Prix – Great Music Architect at Oakridge

Markus Masaites

Senior group winner

Brayden Liu

Junior group winner

Fergus Kwan

The Vancouver Chopin Society award for the best performance of a work by Chopin

Simone Ren

Best performance of a baroque piece

Hamilton Lau

Best performance of a classical piece

Owen Wang

Best performance of a romantic piece

Paul Wang

Best performance of a contemporary piece

Bi (Alice) Tianai

Award of Special Promise

Austin Ng

Award of Special Promise