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BMC Awards! Four young pianists receive recognition in first “virtual” competition!

With great pride, we introduce the winners of the 2021 BMC High School Piano Competition! This competition is the first of five instrumental and vocal competitions completed in March.

This year’s BMC Awards story is both dramatic and a bit heroic. Pandemic precautions made it impossible to hold live competitions, as we had for decades. Our best option was to create a “virtual” performance series that would still allow adjudicator interaction and feedback.

Performances were recorded in homes, churches, and teaching studios, with the help of family, teachers and friends. Technical creativity and resourcefulness were evident, but award ranking was made in our century-old tradition: music selection and preparation, technique, style and interpretation, and overall musicality.

Now, meet the winners of BMC High School Piano Competition, honoring revered teacher, Nancy Bussard:
1st place: Henry From
2nd place: Annika Jonson
3rd place: Avrom Lindner
Robert Millard Prize: Yubi Mamiya
As we share our outstanding students with you in this new BMC Awards! series, we are grateful for your exceptional and generous support, which allows us to offer close to $6,000 in awards and prizes this year! Click on pictures below to watch videos and enjoy!!!
In his video submission for BMC’s Piano Competition, Henry From plays the first movement, Allegro non troppo ma energico, of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Sonata in F# minor, Opus 2.
Annika Jonson presents the first movement, Allegro molto e con brio, of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10, No.1, and Concert Étude No.6, Op.28 by Ernő Dohnányi.
Avrom Lindner plays the 3rd movement, Allegro ma non troppo, of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 (‘Appassionata’).

Come back in a few weeks to applaud the winners of BMC High School String Competition!