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Müzewest Piano Excellence Scholarship

We are thrilled to announce our 2nd Annual Piano Excellence Scholarship which will be taking place on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 1128 West Broadway at Showcase Pianos FAZIOLI Canada – beginning at 13:00.  Parents, siblings, and teachers of finalists are welcome to be in the audience for free. Members of the public can purchase a ticket for $10 through Eventbrite.

This competition is for all piano students between the ages of 10 and 18 as of November 1, 2018.  Age and identity will be verified using photo identification in the final round.  This competition is open to all nationalities.  You do not need to be a Canadian citizen.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 21:00.

A maximum of 10 finalists will be chosen to perform live for 15-19 minutes.  They will be notified by October 18, 2018.

All finalists receive a certificate of achievement.

There will be between 3-4 finalists in the Royal Conservatory Grade 8-9 category. There will be between 3-4 finalists in the Royal Conservatory Grade 10 category. There will be between 3-4 finalists in the Associate of the Royal Conservatory category.

(Please note: students are not required to take RCM exams to enter this competition. Simply consult the RCM Piano Syllabus to see the level of the pieces your students are playing.)

The top prize for all categories is $300 CAD and a full, professional recital during our regular concert season.

**PLEASE NOTE: Past and current students of any jury members are NOT eligible to apply**

How to Apply 1) Scroll down to read the rules carefully before applying. 2) Upload a live video performance of two contrasting works to YouTube or VIMEO. 2) Apply using the form below.  All information comes directly to our competition committee. 3) Pay for your $75 application fee through Eventbrite, at this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/muzewest-piano-excellence-scholarship-tickets-45128932853

The Jury for the 2nd Annual Müzewest Piano Excellence Scholarship

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Pianist and member of the jury, Sunny Qu

Pianist Sunny Qu was born in Qingdao, China and later raised in Vancouver, Canada. Sunny began piano lessons at an early age, and has met with success and recognition in competitions and festivals since his teenage years. Since then he has performed on three continents in such venues as the Weiner Salle in Salzburg, Austria, Duke’s Hall in London, England, and the Chan Centre in his native Vancouver, as well as being invited to perform in the Russian Embassy of Osaka, Japan on a special occasion.

Sunny was the third prize winner of the 2009 Knigge Competition, as well as a past winner of the UBC Concerto Competition. He has subsequently performed with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. He was also the recipient of the Johann Strauss Foundation Award in 2009, and the Else Cross Brahms Prize from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England in 2013. Recent activities include concerto performances with the Vancouver Philharhamic Orchestra and BC Symphony orchestra. In the summer of 2017 Sunny was invited to serve on the jury of the 5th GOCAA Youth Piano Competition in Shenzhen, China. Also in 2017, Sunny was invited to perform as soloist in the west coast premier of Charles Hansen’s “Adagio for Piano and Orchestra” with the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra.

Sunny graduated from UBC School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Sara Davis Buechner and Hamish Milne. Currently he studies with Jeffrey Kahane at University of Southern California. His past teachers include renowned pedagogue Edward Parker and concert pianist Ian Parker. He was also fortunate to receive guidance during his studies from such artists as Anton Kuerti, Robert Levin, Joanna MacGregor, Pascal Devoyon, and Steven Osborne.


Pianist and member of the jury, Dr. Sergei Saratovsky

Russian-Canadian pianist Sergei Saratovsky has garnered acclaim both at home and abroad, receiving an award from Russian President Vladimir Putin recognizing his achievements in music, as well as performing for Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean. His accomplishments include First Prize at the Porto International Piano Competition, Third Prize and the Special Public Prize at the International Russian Music Piano Competition, and Second Prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition, Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, and Pacific Piano Competition. In 2008, Sergei Saratovsky became a Finalist at the Montréal International Musical Competition where he also received the award for Best Canadian Artist. Dr. Saratovsky has performed in France, Italy, Australia, Portugal, Canada, the United States and Russia and appeared with the major orchestras in Canada and abroad. Originally from Karelia, Russia, he immigrated to Canada in 2002. In 2012, Sergei Saratovsky was granted the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia where he had studied with Jane Coop.

In addition to his performing career, Dr. Saratovsky enjoys giving master classes and is in demand as a guest clinician and jury member of international competitions and festivals. After the completion of the doctoral studies, he has continued his scholarly research activities through journal publications and participation in the international conferences. Currently, Saratovsky serves as Chair of the Piano Department at the VSO School of Music where he also mentors and guides the advanced students in their musical studies.     


Artistic director and member of the jury, Jennifer West

Ms. West began studying the piano at the age of 9 in Red Deer with Ruth Neufeld. She continued her studies in Edmonton at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music with well-respected teacher Glenda Murphy. Through the University of Alberta and the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, Ms. West completed all theory examinations (including Harmony, Analysis, and Counterpoint), receiving First Class Honours with Distinction in History. Ms. West has her Advanced Theory Certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Upon moving to Vancouver, Ms. West began studying piano pedagogy with John Dupuis at the West Point Grey School of Music. She completed both Elementary and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificates, receiving First Class Honours in 2009 and 2014, respectively. In 2016, Ms. West received her Diploma in Instrumental Instruction (Piano) from the ABRSM (Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music) in London, UK. Since then, Ms. West has maintained a busy schedule teaching Elementary French Immersion full time in BC public schools and teaching piano privately.

Ms. West is fortunate to have studied with Irina Faletski, Rita Attrot, Michelle Mares, Matthew Ming Li, and Mark Anderson. Her recent performances have been in Pyatt Hall in Vancouver with award-winning violinist Ewald Cheung and at the Vancouver Academy of Music in a benefit concert for Shine on Music. She has also done collaborative piano performances with her current teacher Dr. Sergei Saratovsky.

Ms. West is co-founder and artistic director of a recital series in Vancouver, BC – Müzewest Concerts


Rules and regulations: 2nd Annual Muzewest Concerts Piano Excellence Scholarship

  1. Age Requirements

  2. Students must be between the ages of 10 and 18 on November 1, 2018. (This includes those who are 11 and those who are 17.)

  3. Students selected for the final round will need to bring photo identification and proof of age.  If these are not provided, the student will not be able to participate.

  4. Proper photo identification can be a BC Health Services card, passport, or school identification card.  An official document proving the participant’s age must also be provided.

  1. Criteria and marks for performance

  1. Each performance will be graded out of 100 possible points.

  2. All students will receive their mark and the jury’s feedback in a sealed envelope after all finalists have performed.

  3. The jury will not be available for questions after the competition.  

  1. Memorization

  2. The preliminary video must be memorized.

  3. The final performance must be memorized.

  4. Length of performance in the final round

  5. Students will perform between 15 and 19 minutes of music.

  6. The jury will take into consideration if students go over the 19-minute time limit or are under the 15-minute minimum.

  7. The performance will be timed.

  1. Repertoire for preliminary video submission

  1. Two contrasting works composed between 1600 and 2000.

  2. These works can be of any length.

  3. The video MUST be submitted as a link and NOT a file.

  4. YouTube is acceptable.

  5. Vimeo is acceptable.

  6. Dropbox is NOT acceptable

  7. Videos submitted will not be shared by Muzewest Concerts in order to assure the applicants’ privacy.

  8. Videos are due by September 10, 2018.

  1. Repertoire for final live round

  1. Must be between 15 and 19 minutes.

  2. Must have at least two contrasting selections.  

  3. This could be a fast and slow movement of a classical sonata.

  4. This could be two or more pieces from different musical eras.

  5. This could be two or more pieces from different composers in the same musical era.

  6. All applicants are encouraged to show the diverse range of repertoire that they are able to perform.  Programming of repertoire is considered in the jury’s evaluation.

  7. All students must bring one ORIGINAL book or manuscript of their repertoire for the jury on the day of the final competition.

  8. Students must also bring TWO photocopies of their music for the jury.

  9. All original music will be returned on the same day of the competition.

  10. Failure to bring original music, will lead to automatic DISQUALIFICATION

  11. Competitors must perform the repertoire that was stated on their entry form

  12. Performers must play the whole selection without making cuts.

  13. Repeats can be omitted in order to keep within the time constraints.

  1. Prizes

  1. The top performer wins $300 CAD.  

  2. The top performer also wins a full recital which will be presented by Muzewest Concerts during the 2018-2019 concert season.

  3. All finalists receive a certificate of participation and 2 free tickets to all Muzewest Concerts professional recitals.

  4. The jury may award additional prizes if they feel that it is warranted by the performances.

  1. Jury’s Decision

  1. There are three members of the jury who will be present in order to evaluate all of the final, live performances.

  2. The competitor with the highest combined score from all jury members is declared the winner.

  3. The jury reserves the right to take time to deliberate their decision before announcing the grand prize winner.

  4. The jury’s decision is final and binding.  

  5. It is expected that all parents, students, and teachers will behave in a courteous manner toward all jury members.

  6. Students will be made aware of the jury’s decision on the day of the competition.

  1. Competition Day, Venue, and Time We are not able to change the date or venue of where the competition is held.  Students must perform on the piano provided at the venue.

  1. Fees The fee to enter is $75.00 and is payable via Eventbrite. Application fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

  1. The competition shall be under the working management of Muzewest Concerts. Any question not dealt with in these rules shall be referred to the competition Committee through muzewest@gmail.com and the decision of the Committee shall be final.

  2. Muzewest Concerts assumes no responsibility for music left behind by competitors at Festival sites.

Other Regulations

  1. Competitors must mark all bar numbers at the beginning of each line of music for the adjudicators.

  2. All competitors should arrive prior to the beginning of their scheduled time out of courtesy to the adjudicators and other competitors.

  3. Competitors will not commence before they are called to do so.

  4. A change of selection cannot be made or announced as a change on stage at performance time by the competitor. A performer doing so will be disqualified.

  5. No teacher or member of the public may speak to an adjudicator on any matter relating to the specific role and duties of that adjudicator during the competition.  Necessary questions from the competitor must be directed via email to muzewest@gmail.com.

  6. The Muzewest Concerts Scholarship Committee reserves the right to disqualify any competitor who is not ready to compete when called upon by the jury, unless an acceptable reason has been submitted in writing to Muzewest Concerts, or an alternate performance placement is granted at the discretion of Muzewest Concerts

  7. No rehearsals will be allowed in the venue prior to the competition.

  8. No warm up facilities will be provided.

  9. Absolute silence is required during the competition.

  10. The public may not enter or leave while the competitor is on the platform.

  11. NO AUDIO/VIDEO TAPING OR PHOTOGRAPHY of any kind (including cell phones) is allowed during the performance or adjudication.

  12. Competitors are requested not to speak to the adjudicators either before or during the progress of a competitive class.

  13. Appropriate attire is suggested, i.e. no t-shirts or jeans.

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