Final Round

Lydia ArtymiwLydia Artymiw

The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize, Philadelphia-born Lydia Artymiw has performed with over one hundred orchestras world-wide including the Auckland Symphony, BBC Northern Symphony, Berlin RIAS Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and the St. Luke’s, McGill, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, collaborating with such renowned conductors as André Previn, Seiji Ozawa, Osmo Vänskä, Simon Rattle, Stanislaw Skrowaczewksi, Norman del Mar, Alexander Brott, and David Zinman.

She has performed solo recitals in most major American cities, important European music centers, and throughout the Far East. Critics have acclaimed her seven recordings for Chandos, and she has also recorded for Bridge, Centaur, and Naxos. Her debut Chandos “Variations” CD won Gramophone Magazine’s “Best of the Year” award, and her recording of the “Complete Mendelssohn Cello/Piano Works” with cellist Marcy Rosen for Bridge was nominated for a 2018 Grammy. Artymiw has participated in over 50 festivals including Aspen, Badenweiler, Bantry, Bravo! Vail, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Hollywood Bowl, Marlboro, Montréal, Mostly Mozart, RPPF, Seattle, and Tucson. Artymiw has collaborated with renowned artists Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Stoltzman, Arnold Steinhardt, Kim Kashkashian, Benita Valente, John Aler, Marcy Rosen, and the Alexander, American, Borromeo, Cassatt, Guarneri, Miami, Orion, Shanghai, and Tokyo Quartets.

A recipient of top prizes in the 1976 Leventritt and the 1978 Leeds International Competitions, she graduated from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and studied with Gary Graffman for twelve years. Artymiw was a juror for the 2006 Esther Honens in Calgary, 2015 Cliburn Junior International Piano Competition and Festival, the 2019 First China International Competition in Beijing, the 2017 Lang Lang Futian International Piano Competition in Shenzhen, the 2022 New York International Piano Competition, the 2023 Charles Wadsworth Competition in Georgia, and will be a juror for the 2024 Montréal International and the 2024 Gina Bachauer International Competition in Utah. She has also been a juror for 21 piano concerto competitions at Juilliard and has been a guest piano teacher at Juilliard since 2015.

Artymiw was Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis from 1989-2020 and was awarded Emerita status. She received the 2015 “Excellence in Graduate Teaching” Award and the 2000 Dean’s Medal. Please visit her website at

Enrico ElisiDr. Enrico Elisi

Texas Christian University

Enrico Elisi, a laureate of the Oporto International Competition (Portugal) and the Premio Venezia (Italy), has earned international recognition for his performances across four continents. 

Praised for his "mastery of elegance, refinement, and fantasy" (La Nueva España) and "remarkable sensitivity, imagination, and polish" (Baltimore Sun), he has given recitals throughout Europe at venues such as the Bemberg Museum in Toulouse (France), Centro del Carmen in Valencia (Spain), Dante Society in Bonn, Wolfsburg Castle, and Kiel Universität's Bach-Saal (Germany), Cyril and Methodius Foundation in Piestany (Slovakia). 

Audiences in his native Italy heard him at historic venues such as La Fenice Theatre (Venice), Dante's Church, the Hall of the Five Hundred in the Medici-owned Palazzo Vecchio and Sala del Buonumore (Florence), the Pavarotti-Freni Opera House (Modena), the Bibiena Theatre and Palazzo Guerreri-Gonzaga (Mantua), the Sala dei Giganti (Padua), the Sala degli Ostaggi mi(Crema), the Teatro Comunale, the Archaeological Museum, and the Sala Bossi (Bologna), as well as the Sant'Anna dei Lombardi Church (Naples).

In Asia, he performed to acclaim in Japan, South Korea (IBK Hall, Seoul), China (Beijing Steinway Hall), Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, and in the Americas, in Peru (Centro Cultural de España, Lima), Canada (Banff Centre) and at notable venues in the United States, including the National Gallery of Art, the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC, the New York Public and Morgan Libraries, Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, and the Chopin Society in San Francisco.

Upcoming projects will feature performances of Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with John Owings and the TCU Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Concerto No. 3 with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, a recital program of Beethoven Piano Sonatas (USA), and the Amy Beach Piano Quintet (Switzerland).  

Aiming for a diverse musical repertoire, he recently co-founded the Elisi Pan Piano Duo with London-based RCM faculty Mengyang Pan. The duo is committed to providing an eclectic musical experience, featuring a dynamic alternation between repertoire for two pianos, those for four hands, and solo compositions. In 2024, the duo will present recitals across Italy, England, Taiwan, Indonesia, the USA, and China, offering a rich mosaic of musical styles.

Elisi has collaborated with several orchestras in the USA, Italy, Portugal, and Indonesia and has been featured in TV broadcasts (Rádio e Televisão de Portugal and WPSU in the USA) and on radio stations in Europe and the USA.   

He performed at the University of Toronto New Music Festival and premiered solo and chamber compositions by Paul Chihara, whose chamber work, Two Images, is featured on Albany Records. The anticipated release of Angelus and Three Songs by Peruvian composer J. V. Grossmann are notable additions to Elisi's diverse new music repertoire.

A frequent guest at music festivals worldwide, Elisi performed and conducted masterclasses at Cincinnati's "Art of the Piano," Interlochen Center for the Arts, Texas State, Artciál, RPPF, and the Chautauqua Institution in the USA; VIPA Valencia in Spain; Todi Music Masters, Conero and Amalfi Coast Festivals in Italy; Borromeo in Switzerland; The Thinking Pianist in England; and the Ameri-China Foundation and Sichuan International Piano Festival in China. In 2024, he will be on the faculty at the Vancouver Piano Sessions.

Dr. Elisi has conducted workshops for the Pinerolo Accademia di Musica, Royal College of Music, and Royal Northern College and was a Yellowbarn Festival Artist-in-Residence. 

He has taught masterclasses at prestigious institutions across the United States, Canada, Peru, Denmark, Italy, England, Turkey, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, and Korea.   

Dr. Elisi holds the Harold D. and Imogene Herndon Endowed Professorship of Music in Piano at Texas Christian University. Throughout his distinguished teaching career, he has taught at the University of Toronto (which has recognized him with the Teaching Award), the Eastman School, Penn State University, and UNLV. He was also a visiting professor at Hanyang University and a Leading Scholar at Ewha Womans University (Korea). His students have won prizes and pursued successful careers; many hold teaching posts.  

Elisi's mentors include Leon Fleisher, Lazar Berman, Alexander Lonquich, Franco Scala, Boris Petrushansky, and Giuseppe Fricelli. His musical education flourished at the Conservatories of Bologna and Florence, the International Piano Academy of Imola, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and the Taos and Ravinia Festivals, where he delved into chamber music with Robert McDonald, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, and Claude Frank.

He became a citizen of the United States of America in 2012 and is a Steinway Artist.

Antonio Pompa-BaldiAntonio Pompa-Baldi

Cleveland Institute of Music

Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Antonio Pompa-Baldi won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and embarked on a multifaceted career that continues to extend across five continents. A top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, France, Antonio PompaBaldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. With a concerto repertoire including more than 60 works, Mr. Pompa-Baldi recently performed cycles of all the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos, the five Beethoven Piano Concertos, and both Brahms Concertos with various orchestras. He has played recitals in most major venues over the world. In 2019, he was a returning guest at the third edition of the Lang Lang International Piano Festival in Shenzhen, China, continued his honorary guest professorship at the Beijing China Conservatory, and was named honorary professor at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music.

Pompa-Baldi studied with two important exponents of the great Neapolitan School: Annamaria Pennella, and Aldo Ciccolini. He also received guidance in masterclass settings from Paul Badura Skoda and Jörg Demus, among others.

Mr. Pompa-Baldi appears at the world’s major concert venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre, and Paris’ Salle Pleyel, to name a few. He has collaborated with leading conductors including Hans Graf, Krzysztof Urbánski, James Conlon, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Theodore Kuchar, Benjamin Zander, Louis Lane, and Keith Lockhart. He has performed with ensembles and colleagues such as Takacs String Quartet, trumpeter Alison Balsom, cellist Sharon Robinson, violinists Ivan Zenaty and Ilya Kaler, and principals of the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Juilliard Quartet, among others.

With a concerto repertoire including more than 60 works, Mr. Pompa-Baldi recently performed cycles of all the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos, the five Beethoven Piano Concertos, and both Brahms Concertos with various orchestras. He has played recitals in most major venues over the world. In 2019, he was a returning guest at the third edition of the Lang Lang International Piano Festival in Shenzhen, China, continued his honorary guest professorship at the Beijing China Conservatory, and was named honorary professor at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music.

Among the stops on his tours, he performed in Vienna (Austria), London (UK), Paris (France), New York (USA), Auckland (New Zealand), Jerusalem (Israel), Kiev (Ukraine), Cape Town (South Africa), and throughout China (Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou), as well as in Poland, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Spain, and many other places around the globe.

Mr. Pompa-Baldi has recorded well over 30 CDs to date, for various labels including Centaur Records, Harmonia Mundi, Steinway, TwoPianists, Azica, and Brilliant Classics. Among them, the complete piano and chamber music works of Grieg, the Josef Rheinberger Piano Sonatas, the complete Hummel Piano Sonatas, and CDs dedicated to Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Respighi, and Rachmaninoff.

For the Steinway label, Pompa-Baldi recorded songs by Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf, arranged for solo piano, as well as a CD titled “Napoli”, which features new piano versions of famous Neapolitan songs, elaborated by Roberto Piana. His latest releases feature Concertos for Violin, Piano and Orchestra by Mendelssohn and Hummel for Brilliant Classics, and his solo piano transcription of Respighi’s B minor violin sonata for the Steinway label.

Antonio Pompa-Baldi is a Steinway Artist since 2003. He is also a Steinway Recording Artist, as well as one of the most prominently featured artists in the Spirio recording catalogue. He is often invited to judge international piano competitions such as the Cleveland, Hilton Head, E-Competition (Minneapolis), BNDES Rio de Janeiro, Chopin USA (Miami) and Edward Grieg (Bergen), among many others. He serves as president of the jury and artistic advisor for the San Jose International Piano Competition since 2005.

Pompa-Baldi is on the Piano Faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he also serves as Head of the Piano Department. His students have been prizewinners in important competitions such as Marguerite Long, Hilton Head, Isang Yun, and Gina Bachauer. He is regularly invited to teach masterclasses in countless Universities, Music Schools, and Festivals in the US and all over the world.

In 2015, Pompa-Baldi founded the Todi International Music Masters festival, of which he is also Artistic Director and Faculty Member. This summer festival takes place every August in the beautiful Italian town of Todi. It features 15 concerts in 15 days, with internationally renown faculty members, and students from all over the world.

Antonio Pompa-Baldi serves as Vice Director for Education for the Lang Lang Art World organization in Hangzhou, China, and is on the advisory board of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation of New York.

Preliminary Judges

Alexandre DossinAlexandre Dossin

University of Oregon

Considered by Martha Argerich an “extraordinary musician” and by the international critic a “phenomenon,” “a master of contrasts”  and “a stunning pianist with a symbiotic relationship with the instrument," Steinway Artist Alexandre Dossin keeps an active performing, recording, and teaching careers.

Alexandre Dossin is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Russia) and holds a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (USA). He was assistant of Sergei Dorensky at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Willliam Race and Gregory Allen at UT-Austin. 

A prizewinner in several international piano competitions, Dossin received the First Prize and the Special Prize at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other international awards include the Silver Medal and second Honorable Mention in the Maria Callas Grand Prix, and the Third Prize and Special Prize in the Mozart International Piano Competition, in addition to several prizes in Brazil.

 An active recording artist, he has 15 CDs released with several labels, including 7 CDs with Naxos and 6 editions/recordings for Schirmer. Dossin’s edition and recording of complete piano sonatas by W. A. Mozart (2-volume edition and recordings, Schirmer Performance Editions) will be released in the fall of 2023. Upcoming releases in 2024 include the complete piano works by George Walker in 2 CDs with Naxos. This will be included in the label’s prestigious American Classics Series and will present the world premiere of Bauble in addition to the first recording of the piano concerto in more than ten years. This release will be followed by a performance edition of the same works published by Keiser Southern Music. Soloist appearances in 2023-2024 include the Eugene Symphony, the Austin Symphony, and the West Coast premiere of George Walker’s piano concerto with the University of Oregon Philharmonia. 

Dossin’s work was praised in reviews by Diapason, The Financial Times, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Clavier, and other international publications. 

Dossin is the Vice President of the American Liszt Society, the President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society, and is one of the recipients of the prestigious Faculty Fund for Excellence at the University of Oregon. 

Conductors with whom Dossin has performed include Charles Dutoit, Isaac Karabtchevsky, and Michael Gielen, with orchestras such as the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Brazilian National Symphony, Mozarteum University Symphony, and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Symphony. Dossin performed numerous live recitals for public radio in Wisconsin and Illinois, including repeated appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. Dossin has performed in international festivals in Japan, Canada, the United States, and Argentina, on some occasions sharing the stage with Martha Argerich.

Dossin is the Vice-President of the American Liszt Society and president of its Oregon Chapter.  Currently the chair of the keyboard area at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, he keeps a studio of advanced pianists from several countries and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Eleonora KarpukhovaEleonora Karpukhova

Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Today Eleonora Karpukhova is recognized as a benchmark icon not only on the Russian piano scene, but especially worldwide. Its numerous denominations and laurels have designated it a recognition of international prestige in the field of the most important auditoriums in the world. Eleonora has received different distinctions such as for example the First Prize in the “José Vianna da Motta” International Piano Competition in Lisbon, Portugal; the First Prize in the International Competition “Citta di Senigallia” in Italy; the First Prize of the 18th “Varallo Sessia” International Piano Competition in Italy; Second Prize at the Zagreb “Zlatko Grgosevich” International Piano Competition in Croatia; Special Mention at the 29th International Piano Competition “Dr. Luis Sigall” of Viña del Mar in Chile, among other distinguished recognitions.

She graduates cum laude at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow under the guidance of the famous Russian pianist V. Kastelsky and Mikhail Voskressensky.

Eleonora Karpukhova is the founder and promoter of the International Music Festival "Rachmaninoff Fest" in Moscow, born in its first edition in 2013 on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the composer's birth. An emblematic event in Russia where the most prestigious international artistic personalities have performed.

Karpukhova has played in the most prestigious concert halls in Russia. She has covered wide world geography, playing in Ukraine, France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Germany, Austria, Chile, Portugal and the United States. “Rachmaninov” Concert Hall, the Chamber Hall and Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia; also the Sala Cartot de Paris in France; the Saal Gasteig in Munich in Germany; the “Gil Vicente” Theater in Coimbra, the Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Portugal; the Aula Magna Theater at the Federico Santa María Technical University in Valparaíso, the Maule Regional Theater in Talca, the Temuco Regional Theater, the San Sebastián University Theater in Santiago in Chile; Likewise, Eleonora is regularly invited to the concert program of the Frye Art Museum in Washington or the "Benaroya Hall" in Seattle in the USA; to name a few of them among many other audiences.

Eleonora has been invited as a soloist by the Chilean Symphony Orchestra, the Fundacao Gulbernkian Orchestra, the Metropolitan Orchestra, the Algarve Orchestra, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, the Algarve Orchestra, the Providencia Symphony Orchestra, the Gdansk Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gdans Symphony Orchestra and a extensive etcetera; collaborating with renowned conductors such as S. Soldatov, Y. Yanko, D. Kolobov, A. Cassuto, D. del Pino Klinge, F. Lentini, D. Nazareth, A. Dumay, M. Zilm, among others.

Eleonora currently combines her concert activity by giving piano classes at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she appears as a piano teacher within the piano faculty.

Among her numerous record publications, it is worth mentioning the recording of all the works for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov, of whom she considers herself a fervent admirer. Precisely, in this last season, the 2021/2022 season, Karpukhova has created great expectation among Russian specialized critics with an unprecedented challenge in the history of the piano: in the program of the concert halls of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, she is carrying out the monographic and complete of all the extensive and enormous work for piano of Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Amy YangAmy Yang

Curtis Institute of Music

A “jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show…with effortless finesse” (Washington Post), pianist Amy Yang aspires to affirm connections between the arts and our inner humanity through her committed expressions of music and leadership on and off stage. 

In Spring of 2023, she joined forces with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Additionally, she gave the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s “Four Portraits” for solo piano at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she is the Associate Dean of Piano Studies and Artistic Initiatives. 

2023 summer brings her to Chamberfest Cleveland, Texas Music Festival, Curtis on Tour, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, and Perelman Music Festival. Her recent appearances include solo and chamber recitals for Hawaii Concert Society, Coastal Concerts (DE), Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, Gardner Museum, Cal Performances, Rockport Music Festival, and to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Series. 

In the height of the pandemic in 2020, she was invited by Anne-Marie McDermott to share a unique summer of 41 concerts with Yefim Bronfman, Paul Neubauer, and the Dover Quartet in a myriad of performances at Bravo! Vail. Additionally, she gave her debut solo recital as well as joined forces with the Jasper String Quartet in piano quintets by Tania Léon and Joan Tower for Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s 35th season. She was also featured in a full episode with Emmy® Award-winning producer Jim Cotter of Articulate, aired on PBS in 2021. 

Collaborating with trailblazing musicians, Ms. Yang toured with Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Tito Muñoz and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and premiered a large chamber work by Michael Hersch at Cal Performances, Ojai Music Festival and Aldeburgh Festival. Further exhilarating collaborations include those with Richard Goode, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Paul Huang, Alexi Kenney, Bomsori Kim, Tessa Lark, Roberto Díaz, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Neubauer, Tara Helen O’Conor, David Shifrin, Joseph Silverstein, Philippe Tondre, Danbi Um, members of Guarneri String Quartet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dover Quartet, Aizuri String Quartet, Jasper String Quartet and A Far Cry. In addition to working with Dame Mitsuko Uchida at Marlboro School of Music, she was chosen to participate in her Carnegie Hall Workshop on Mozart’s Piano Concerti.

Ms. Yang’s energetic exploration of contemporary voices has brought forth giving world premieres of music by Caroline Shaw, Richard Danielpour, Avner Dorman, Michael Hersch, Ezra Laderman, Paul Wianko, and commissions from Edward Babcock, Alistair Coleman and Hua Yang. Festival experiences include Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Prussia Cove, Verbier Academy, Bravo! Vail, Chamber Music Northwest, Chelsea Music Festival, Caramoor, Olympic Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Twickenham Fest, and Saltbay Chamberfest.  She has loved soloing alongside the collective voices of Houston Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony and Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata at UNAM.

Her discography includes her solo album Resonance (MSR Classics), a world premiere recording of piano music by Ezra Laderman (Albany Records), a world premiere recording of Michael Hersch’s I hope we get a chance to visit soon (Live from Aldeburgh Festival, New Focus Records), and albums with violinists Itamar Zorman (BIS Records), Tessa Lark (First Hand Records), Danbi Um (Avie Records), Carol Jantsch, and José Franch-Ballester (iTinerant Records). 

Ms. Yang is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music, where she received the Parisot Award for Outstanding Pianist and the Alumni Association Prize. Her past teachers include Li Qing, Timothy Hester, Claude Frank, Robert McDonald, and Peter Frankl. Ardent to champion young voices on this pedagogical legacy, her own students have soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and entered Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Bard Conservatory, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Institute, and Indiana University. She has given masterclasses at UCLA, Mannes College of Music, University of Oklahoma, The Suzuki School, and for New York Youth Symphony. She won the 2018 Musical Fund Society prize and the Kosciuszko National Chopin Piano Competition. At Curtis Institute of Music, she previously held the roles of program director and faculty of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program for nine summers.  

When not serving the various keyboards related to her roles, her intentionally incognito presence may be revealed by a quivering Micron pen as she sketches from the back of concert halls. The work of a lifetime is where she hopes to question, explore, and linger.


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