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Currently Accepting Applications for 2019 US New Star Piano Competition!

US New Star Music LLC currently host three video competitions per year.

2019 US New Star Piano CompetitionSubmit two contrasting solo pieces, one must be from the Classical or Baroque Period-Deadline: Early Oct 30th, Regular Nov 30th, Late Dec 6th, 2019.

2020 US New Star Competition by Composer Submit one solo piece in Chopin, Bach, Beethoven or Asian Composer. Deadline: Early Feb 15, Regular March 15, Late March 22, 2020.

2020 US New Star Etude Competition-Submit two solo pieces, one must be an Etude, the second one must be from Classical or Baroque period-Deadline:Early May 20th, Regular June 20th, Late June 27th, 2020.


Here is the information for our Upcoming US New Star Piano Competition:

We are currently accepting applications for 2019 US New Star Piano Competition.

The application form is here

The 2019 US New Star Piano Competition adjudicators are Dr. Koji Attwood and Dr. Chih-Long Hu.


Dr. Koji Attwood bio:

“Picture Liszt’s extravagant concerts–theatrical, virtuosic, full of music to show the expansive horizons of the piano–and the pianist.  No fawn gloves in Koji Attwood’s appearance onstage, but Liszt’s spirit lives.”

–H. Daniel Webster, Philadelphia Inquirer

Koji Attwood, a Kansas native, made his solo debut at the age of ten, and one year later won 2nd prize at the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition.  He earned 2nd prize at both the Stravinsky and Missouri Southern International Keyboard competitions, and was a participant in the International William Kapell Keyboard and the Hamamatsu International Piano competitions.  He received honorable mention at the VII International Web Concert
Hall Competition, which entitled him to a performance that will continue to be broadcast on the internet, via the Web Concert Hall Artist Series, over the next seven years.  Koji was also a winner of Astral Artistic Services’ 2003 International Auditions, and was the featured artist on’s  “New York City Rising Star” series.

Mr.  Attwood has performed numerous solo recitals across much of the country, including concerts in Steinway Hall, Lincoln Center, and on the Kosciuszko Foundation Concert Series.  He appeared regularly on the “World of the Piano” series at the Julliard School and was frequently heard on a weekly radio show on New York’s WQXR, hosted by David Dubal entitled “Reflections From the Keyboard: the Pianist in Comparative Performance” and currently on Dubal’s new show, “The Piano Matters” on WWFM.

Committed to the performance of contemporary music, Mr. Attwood has given world premiere performances of works by Cynthia Folio, Hector Martinez Morales, and Daniel Ott.  Also active in chamber music, Mr. Attwood has performed with members of the Borromeo, St. Lawrence, Koryo, and Enso quartets, and is a regular collaborator with Mikhail Baryshnikov.  He performed with the dancer’s White Oak Dance Project, and partnered with Mr. Baryshnikov for his 2002-3 solo tour of the United States–providing solo interludes as well as accompaniment for the dances–garnering praise for being a “phenomenal pianist” [Binghamton Press &Sun-Bulletin], ” beautifully nuanced” [Cleveland Plain Dealer], “enchanting”  [Santa Barbara News Press], “wonderful pianist” [Seattle Times], “Koji Attwood…is a pianist of rare
gifts, both as a solo artist and as a collaborator.  Playing solo pieces of Scriabin, Scarlatti, Liszt and Soler, this young pianist was much more than fill.  He is a concert pianist with an impeccable technique, a rich tone, and an assured sense of good interpretive taste” [Nevada-Events], and described by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “Koji Attwood percolated
rapturously…they (Baryshnikov and Attwood) displayed lovely chemistry in a performance full of virtuosity, and humor,whimsy and seriousness.  Their coordination was so tight that it sometimes seemed as though the dancer’s limbs were attached to the musician’s notes.”;  Mr. Attwood has also performed throughout the United States and in Europe with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Wally Cardona Quartet, and C. Eule Dance.  In May and June 2010 he joined the
American Ballet Theatre for eight sold-out all-Chopin performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, playing in the company’s critically lauded premiere of the John Neumeier ballet Lady of the Camellias, and was invited back the following year for seven repeat performances.

Mr. Attwood’s recent performances include a highly acclaimed recital at Merkin Hall in New York City, a European debut at the prestigious Husum festival in Germany, debut in Canada, performing in Montreal at the Theatre Outremont, and invitation by the Fondation Cziffra to perform at the Chapelle Royale Saint-Frambourg in France.  He is featured, along with pianists Marc-Andre Hamelin, Lev Vinacour, and Daniel Berman on the 2009 “Rarities of Piano”
Danacord release, and as an avid transcriber, has over twenty arrangements to his credit.

Prior to receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Seymour Lipkin, Koji studied at the University of Kansas with Richard Angeletti.  He then went on to earn a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Julliard School, under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal.  Mr. Attwood currently serves on the faculty of the Gifted Music School, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a Visiting Associate Professor of piano at the University of Utah.  Koji is a Yamaha Artist.


Dr. Chih-Long Hu

A native of Taiwan, pianist Chih-Long Hu’s performance career was launched after receiving honors including the Taipei National Concert Hall Arising Star, the Chi-Mei Artist Award, and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, the Concurs International De Piano D’Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and San Jose International Piano Competition in California.

An active performer, Hu performs extensively in Asia, Europe, and America appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. His recent performance highlights include concerto performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, solo and chamber recitals in China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and throughout the US. Hu’s performances have been broadcast in “Performance Today” through NPR stations across the country and televised in Taiwan, China and Japan. His CD albums “Formosa Caprices,” “Complete Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux,” and “Trifecta Trio” have received critical acclaim. His latest album of Bach Goldberg Variations has been released under Blue Griffin Recording.

Named “Teacher of the Year” by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, Hu is frequently invited to give lectures and master classes, as well as to judge international and national competitions. Hu is the artistic director of St. Andrews Piano Academy and Festival International (New Brunswick), as well as the New York International Piano Festival.

Hu holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. His piano teachers include Arthur Greene, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Tai-Cheng Chen. Dr. Hu has served on the faculty at East Tennessee State University, and was appointed the Sandra G. Powell Endowed Professor of Piano at the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2016.

2018 US New Star Piano Competition, Open for Entry

The 2018 US New Star Piano Competition is sooner than you think. Please refer to the rules, application form, etc. available here.

Our Judges:

Dr. Hsiang Tu

The New York Times has praised the “eloquent sensitivity” in pianist Dr. Hsiang Tu’s performance. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he debuted in New York at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center as the winner of the Juilliard School Concerto Competition, and he returned to the same venue in 2013 as a soloist with the World Civic Orchestra. Dr. Tu taught at Utah Valley University and Snow College in Utah prior to his current appointment at University of New Hampshire as a Lecturer in Music (Piano).

After coming to the U.S. as a teenager, Dr. Tu studied with Hung-Kuan Chen, Jerome Lowenthal, and HaeSun Paik, and earned an M.M. and D.M.A. in piano performance from the Juilliard School. He was a prize winner at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, and the American Pederewski Piano Competition in Los Angeles. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Lake George Chamber Orchestra, Snow College Orchestra, and the Boston University Symphonic Orchestra.

Dr. Tu has given master classes at Cardiff University, Penn State University, University of Southern California, Loyola University New Orleans, and Colorado Mesa University. He has adjudicated in NHMTA, Chinese MTA of Northern California, and University of Utah SummerArts piano competitions. Dr. Tu also directs UNH’s Piano Extension Program that provides piano lessons to local children and community. For more info, please visit  

Dr. Igor Lipinsky

Polish-born pianist Igor Lipinski made his orchestra debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on NPR’s Performance Today and performed as a soloist with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra, and Paderewski Symphony Orchestra at Chicago’s Symphony Center.

He maintains an active concert career in the U.S. with over 100 performances to date, including a live broadcast recital at Chicago’s premiere classical music station 98.7 WFMT and “33 Variations,” an award-winning theater play based on Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.

At age 12, Lipinski won the Grand Prix and the First Prize at the Paderewski Competition for Young Pianists in Tuchów, Poland. At 17, he played a role of a pianist in “Paderewski’s Children,” a theater play about the life of I. J. Paderewski, written and directed by Kazimierz Braun, Professor of Theater at the University at Buffalo. A year later, he graduated from the Paderewski Music High School in Tarnów, Poland where he studied piano with Jaroslaw Iwaneczko.

Lipinski earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Musical Arts and Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester where he studied piano under the tutelage of Douglas Humpherys. As a teaching assistant of Vincent Lenti and Tony Caramia, he received Eastman’s Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Lipinski continued his graduate studies at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music earning his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Alan Chow. Upon graduation from Northwestern, Lipinski joined the piano faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as the Lecturer of Piano. In Fall 2017, Lipinski joined the piano faculty at the University of Oklahoma as the Assistant Professor of Piano.

Lipinski’s research interests focus on the history of recital programming featured in his DMA dissertation “From Liszt to Victor Borge: A Legacy of Unique Piano Performances.” Recognized for his own creative programming, Lipinski unified two of his lifetime passions, classical music and sleight-of-hand magic, in a unique recital program “Piano Illusions.” Originally developed for his honors senior thesis at Eastman, Lipinski collaborated on the program with Teller of Las Vegas duo Penn & Teller, eventually winning the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway. In light of his success in New York, Lipinski presented “Piano Illusions” at renowned concert series and festivals including Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation in Salt Lake City and Musica del Cuore Concert Series in Hong Kong.

Highlights of 2017-18 concert season include recitals at the San Francisco International Piano Festival, College of Charleston International Piano Series in Charleston, South Carolina, The Evelyn Miller Young Pianists Series in Knoxville, Tennessee, and 2nd In The City Chopin Festival in Chicago.

2017 US New Star Piano Competition Results

Happy New Year!

The 2017 Piano Competition results are in. We have some technical difficulties embedding videos at the moment.

Please do enjoy the videos on our Youtube site.

Thanks to all who participated to make such wonderful performances. We’ll work to make the website for US New Star Music, the submission process and everything else worthy of these performances in 2018!


2016 USNSPC Winners Announced

Announcing the winners of the 2016 Piano Competition!

We have been experiencing technical glitches w/ YouTube. For now (~8pm PST on 1/7) only the top 3 performers are listed, but as the evening progresses, group-by-group achievements will be added.

[UPDATE: As of ~1am PST on 1/8 all should be done…please send emails regarding any errors/typos as this was an error prone way of doing things this time around!]

2015 US New Star Piano Competition Results

This year’s field was quite diverse and very competitive with pianists from Illinois, Texas, Tennessee and California.

After lengthy deliberation, our judges have decided the winners for 2015! You can find the results here.

We thank the judges for the valuable time they spent. This year’s competition was especially close in nearly all ages.

Congratulations to all winners and thanks to all contestants for their wonderful musical contributions!


Updates: 2014 US New Star Piano Competition and US New Star Vocal Competition

Accepting application in September: 2014 US New Star Piano Competition

Short Description: Prepare two songs of contrasting style, one must be from Classical or Baroque Era. Regular date: Nov. 30, Early discount: Nov. 10

Under Construction: 2014 US New Star Vocal Competition: (

Short Description: Prepare one song, no restriction.  Deadline Nov. 30, Early Bird Nov.10