These are the 38 teen musicians who Cliburn named to the Third Junior Piano Competition

By David ArkinMarch 31, 2023No Comments

These are the 38 teen musicians who Cliburn named to the Third Junior Piano Competition

By Tori S. Couch

The Cliburn selected 38 young musicians to participate in the Third Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival.

The competition for 13- to -17-year olds will be June 8-17 in Dallas.

Of the 38 pianists selected, 14 are non-competing festival participants, and 24 will compete for the top prize. The musicians will learn from top international pianists through four rounds of competition. Each round, except for the final, will be at SMU’s Caruth Auditorium. The three finalists will perform full concertos with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, under the direction of Valentina Peleggi.

The participants were chosen from 248 applicants representing 44 countries. Applicants submitted a 15- to 20-minute performance video and went through a two-step review. The 14 festival participants came from the same applicant pool.

Tickets are on sale for each round of competition through the Cliburn website


Eddison Chen, 13, United States

Chenxi Chu, 14, China

Steven Ruochong Cui, 17, United States

Alyssa Gabrilovich, 17, United States

Xuanyan Jessie Gong, 16, China

Andrew Gu, 16, United States

Seokyoung Hong, 15, South Korea

Mi Hou, 15, China

Artur Iskorostenskii, 16, Russia

Zihan Jin, 14, China

Saehyun Kim, 16, South Korea

Lukas Lee, 15, China

Seoeun Lee, 14, South Korea

Jaeuk Lim, 16, South Korea

Tiankun Ma, 16, China

Modan Oyama, 17, Japan

Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia

Chihiro Sugawara, 16, Japan

Sizhe Wang, 14, China

Taige Wang, 13, United States

Zhonghua Wei, 14, China

Yifan Wu, 14, China

Chengcheng Yao, 14, China

Yiran Zhou, 15, China


Grace Feng, 16, United States

Asta Dora Finnsdottir, 16, Iceland

William Ge, 16, United States

Kayden Kelly, 16, United States/Costa Rica

Anna Kesselman, 15, United States

Hanna Kozyak, 16, Ukraine

Olivia Larco, 13, United States

Casey Li, 14, Singapore

Melanie Yutong Liu, 14, United States/China

Samuel Sabbah, 14, Norway

Akilan Sankaran, 16, United States

Can Sarac, 15, Turkey

Xinran Shi, 13, United States

Ivaylo Vassilev, 15, Bulgaria