2011 Arizona State University Piano Competition

5th Bösendorfer US-ASU International Piano Competition

148 pianists representing 29 countries applied to the 5th Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition, 27 arrived to Arizona State University to compete (January 9-15). Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim wins 1st Prize.

The first prize of the 5th Bösendorfer US-ASU International Piano Competition was awarded to 24 year old Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim. Rolim started his piano lessons at age four with his mother and entered the Magda Tagliaferro School of Music in São Paulo at the age of 11. He has performed with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo Radio Orchestra. Rolim has won awards in more than 15 competitions. Currently he is completing his undergraduate studies at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.

Ronaldo Rolim receiving Medal and First prize award from David Katzin.

Ronaldo Rolim receiving Medal and First prize award from David Katzin.

The second Prize was awarded to Russian pianist Anastasia Dedik, and the third to Konstantin Soukhovetski, also from Russia. Both winners are graduates of the Julliard School in NY.

Left to right: Baruch Meir (Competition President) with Anastasia Dedik (winner of 2nd Prize) and Ronaldo Rolim (winner of 1st Prize)

Left to right: Baruch Meir (Competition President) with Anastasia Dedik (winner of 2nd Prize) and Ronaldo Rolim (winner of 1st Prize)

Left to right: Ronaldo Rolim (1st Prize), Baruch Meir (Competition President), Anastasia Dedik (2nd Prize), Konstantin Soukhovetski (3rd Prize)

Left to right: Ronaldo Rolim (1st Prize), Baruch Meir (Competition President), Anastasia Dedik (2nd Prize), Konstantin Soukhovetski (3rd Prize)

148 pianists representing 29 countries

148 pianists representing 29 countries applied to the 5th Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition. A committee of professional pianists screened the applicant’s DVD recordings, and 28 pianists were selected as semifinalists. Out of those, 27 arrived to Arizona State University to compete. These pianists provided a week long exiting and inspiring performances in Katzin Hall which attracted large audience from around the Phoenix Metropolitan area and around the country.

Gala Recital given by Sofya Gulyak

The events started with a Gala Recital given by Sofya Gulyak. In 2009 Gulyak was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the
Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition - the first woman who has achieved this distinction in the history of this competition. The Washington Post refers to Ms. Gulyak as "A Rachmaninoff star is born..." and she has been called the "Grand dame of the piano..." by La Scene, Paris. Sofya Gulyak’s resume includes prizes at many prestigious piano competitions. She is a 1st prize winner of the William Kapell (USA), Maj Lind (Helsinki), Tivoli (Copenhagen), Gyeongnam (South Korea), and San Marino competitions; 2nd prize winner (first not awarded) of Busoni competition (Italy) and 3rd prize winner of Marguerite Long competition (Paris).

Members of the jury included: Baruch Meir (Israel) chairman of the Jury; Michael Christie (USA); Sofya Gulyak (Russia); Robert Hamilton (USA); Aleksandar Serdar (serbia); Ilana Vered (Israel/USA); and Tamas Vesmas (France).

Gala Recital given by Sofya Gulyak

Gala Recital given by Sofya Gulyak

Eight finalists

The competition consisted of two live rounds. 27 semi finalists performed programs of 25-30 minutes each in the first round. Eight finalists were selected to take part in the final round which was held on January 14-15, 2011. The winners were awarded their medals, certificates in an award ceremony and winners recital which was held at the newly built Mesa Aets Center 1800 seat hall in Mesa, Arizona. Sample DVD recordings are available per request.


Competition results:
First Prize: Ronaldo Rolim (age 24), Brazil
Second Prize: Anastasia Dedik (age 29), Russia
Third Prize: Konstantin Soukhovetski (age 29), Russia/USA

Other finalists:
Yelena Beriyeva (age 23), Georgia/USA
Vladimir Gligoric (age 31), Serbia
Hee Jun Han (age 20), Republic of Korea
Tsotne Tsotskhalashvili (age 19), Georgia
Oleksandr Poliykov (age 22), Ukraine


Highlights of the 5th Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition

Special Awards

The Sangoung Kim Special Award for the most outstanding performance of a virtuoso piece:
Vladimir Gligoric, Serbia

The Sarra and Emmanuil Senderov Award for the most outstanding performance of a composition by a Russian composer:

Ronaldo Rolim, Brazil


The Yehuda Meir Award for the most outstanding artistic performance of an etude by Chopin:
Anastasia Dedik, Russia


The National Society of Arts and Letters Award for the best Arizona Competitor in the Bösendorfer competition:

Chris Rice, USA



USASU 2011 group photo (from left to right): Baruch Meir (President), Anastasia Dedik (2nd Prize), Konstantin Soukhovetski (3rd Prize), Bonnie Barrett (Director of Yamaha Artist Services New York, Inc.), Ronaldo Rolim (1st Prize)

USASU 2011 group photo (from left to right): Baruch Meir (President), Anastasia Dedik (2nd Prize), Konstantin Soukhovetski (3rd Prize), Bonnie Barrett (Director of Yamaha Artist Services New York, Inc.), Ronaldo Rolim (1st Prize)

(Photocredits: Baruch Meir/USASU)