Contest - 2022-Piano-01 - Expression

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Meet Our Judge:
Machiko Saegusa-Cole

Machiko Saegusa-Cole received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a recipient of Sidney M. Dowd Scholar, and her Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She studied solo and chamber music with several of the world prominent instructors and appeared in concerts while attending music festivals in Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, and England. Machiko has won numerous competitions and has performed as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra as the winner of concerto competitions.

Currently, Machiko teaches in her private studio in Houston, TX. She also enjoys accompanying the choir, band and orchestra in her children’s school district. She has been an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, and has served as the chairman for Cypress Creek Music Teachers Association Piano Contest for several years.

Congratulations to the pianists whose presentations were selected for the shortlist!
  • Our current highly-qualified judge will select winners from each repertoire level.
  • Public voting will select one winner based on votes (likes).
  • Public voting continues until the countdown reaches zero

There’s a like button at the bottom of each presentation.  Each “like” = 1 vote.

(All Prizes and Rewards are only paid out via Amazon Gift Cards)

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Contest - 2022-Piano-01 - Expression


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Our Piano Performance contests are fun and rewarding!
  • Low-stress – choose your favorite piece, memorization is not required
  • You’ll be able to see and hear all the shortlisted performances!
  • Get great feedback from friends, family and experienced teachers
  • Supportive international musical community
  • Chance to develop a high-quality digital voice on the Internet
  • Learning presentation skills beyond just performance
  • Learn valuable multi-media and writing skills
  • Develop a deep artistry
  • Meeting other students and colleagues


Piano Contest Requirements

Presentations by students of all ages and levels 
Each presentation includes a performance video, a picture and a brief intro

  • Performance Video

    Choose from your favorite repertoire
    Any ensemble allowed that includes piano
    No need to memorize the music
    You can use a video you have recorded before
    You may show head to toe, or just hands in the video
    You can even combine an audio with a still picture - art, graphic, photo - that enhances the listener's experience

  • Related Picture

    Can be picture of your composer
    Can be picture of a mood or what the piece reminds you of
    Use colorful, attractive pictures
    Must be 500X500 pixels
    Do not submit a picture of yourself

  • Engaging Intro

    Brief intro, 50 - 350 words
    Get your audience excited about the piece
    Your intro should be interesting, informative and related to your own experience with the piece

Good luck in the contest!

Double-check your presentation against the rules, and make all corrections BEFORE you submit!  Multiple entries of the same presentation will be disqualified.

  • Advanced Prize  – $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Intermediate Prize – $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • Beginner Prize – $25 Amazon Gift Card
Ensure your submission follows these rules:
  • Correct length (350 words or less)
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Family-friendly content
We are committed to strict moderation and curation to ensure that all content adheres to our family-friendly policy.  In order to have the best chance for your content to be published, you should avoid the following topics:
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    Julie Harris
    Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
    1 year ago

    How exciting! Many of my composition students are superb pianists, and will be thrilled to have a new performance contest to enter. It will be fun to share masterpieces of piano literature with a wider audience. Thank you,!

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