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 32. 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 32.


  • 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-SaĆ«ns, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Barber, Shostakovich, Franck Symphonic Variations

2018 Winners

  • 1st Place: Takeshi Nagayasu (right)
  • 2nd Place: Rixiang Huang (center)
  • 3rd Place: Hao Tian (left)


Past Winners

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.