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Students: Jacob Flier Piano Competition

Compete to play a debut recital in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall

The competition is open to all students up to age 35. The winner performs a debut recital in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in the following season. In addition, the winner will share a recital with the second and third-place winners at the following year's PianoSummer at New Paltz Jacob Flier Piano Competition Gala.

Participant Requirements:

Jacob Flier Piano Competition is open to all admitted PianoSummer at New Paltz students up to age 35.


  • First 4 PianoSummer at New Paltz faculty lessons

First Round

  • J.S. Bach: One prelude and fugue from The Well Tempered Clavier
  • Two major works of different composers and style (at least 30-minutes)

Final Round

  • Any concerto by one of the following composers: Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Barber, Shostakovich, Franck Symphonic Variations

2019 Winners

No First Place Winner

Second Place:

Alina Smirnova was born in Moscow in 1991. At age 12, she made her solo recital debut in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and, a year later, her orchestral debut there in Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto. Since then, she has become a laureate of numerous national and international competitions and the recipient of several grants. In 2015 she graduated with honors from the Moscow Conservatory, where she studied under EIena Kuznetsova, Irina Kirillova and Tigran Alikhanov. Smirnova concertizes extensively both in Russia and abroad (including in Germany, France, Japan, and Estonia) as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and with orchestras.

Ji Youn Lee began playing piano at the age of 5. She went to Yewon School—Korea’s first middle school dedicated to arts—and Seoul Arts High School, where she won the Best Performer’s Award for three consecutive years. Lee’s numerous successes in piano competitions include top prizes in the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, the Ewha Kyunghyang Music Competition, the CTS competition, the Korea Chopin Competition and the Sejong Music Competition. As an active performer, she has made appearances in solo recitals and concert series at many concert venues in Korea and the United States. She recently played with the New England Conservatory Symphony at Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a junior studying with HaeSun Paik at New England Conservatory.

Third Place:

Nenad Ivovic has won more than 15 prizes at international competitions over the course of his career. He regularly performs at concerts in the United States and Europe. Ivovic holds a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University, where he studied under Emanuel Krasovsky, and he also earned a Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he studied with Boris Berman. He has participated in master classes with such esteemed musicians as Andras Schiff, Alexander Toradze, Alexander Korsantia, Vladimir Feltsman, Peter Frankl, Mikhail Voskresensky, and others. Starting in September, Ivovic will hold a Collaborative Piano Fellowship position at Yale University.

Hyo Eun Park was born in 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. She began playing piano at the age of 5, and attended Seoul National University from 2014 to 2019. She is currently under the guidance of Hie-Yon Choi. Park won top prizes at numerous competitions such as the Epinal International Piano Competition (second prize, France, 2017), the Maj Lind International Piano Competition (finalist, Finland, 2017), and the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition (second prize, USA, 2019). She was also privileged to perform with orchestras in South Korea, such as the Bucheon Philharmonic, the Daegu Symphony Orchestra, and the Southern Nazarene University Symphony.

Past Winners

2019 - No winner

2018 - Takeshi Nagayasu

2017 - Polina Kulikova

2016 - Soyoung Choe

2015 - Ryo Kaneko

2014 - Hui Shan Chin

2013 - Ketevan Kartvelishvili

2012 - Hidemi Minagawa

2011 - Baron Fenwick

2010 - Jun Luke Foster

2009 - Joey Chang / Yinfei Wang

2008 - No winner

2007 - Timur Moustakimov

2006 - Hyung-Min Suh



2005 - Jennifer Shinyoung Ju

2004 - Alexander Beridze

2003 - Michael Berkovsky

2002 - Daniel Shleyenkov

2001 - No winner

2000 - Oxana Mihailhoff

1999 - No winner

1998 - Daria Rabotkina

Jacob Flier (1912 - 1977)

The Jacob Flier Piano Competition was established to honor this distinguished Russian pianist who taught for many years at the Moscow Conservatory and who brought up generations of prominent musicians including Vladimir Feltsman.