A 15-year-old Costa Rican pianist, Josue Gonzalez Aguilar, will compete at the Sixth New York International Piano Competition, which will be held at The Manhattan School of Music from June 18 through June 22.
Twenty-two other pianists, ages 16-21, will gather from across the globe for the week-long event, which includes four rounds plus a series of master classes and seminars.
Unique to the New York International Piano Competition is its policy of no elimination. Each contestant will perform in all four rounds and be judged by a jury. Every participant will return home either as a prize winner or finalist award recipient. The level of competition has been uniformly high over the event’s 10 year history, the organizers said.
Monetary awards total $40,000. Israeli composer Avner Dorman has been commissioned by the organizers, the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, to compose a required piece for this year’s competition that will be learned and performed by all contestants.
The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, a non-profit organization, is an outgrowth of the Stecher and Horowitz School of the Arts which was founded in 1960 in Cedarhurst, New York.
Gonzalez started with his piano career at the age of 7. He has performed many times in Costa Rica and internationally. He was admitted to study in Moscow Central School of Music of Conservatory Tchaikovsky.