The 2023 Kayserburg International Youth Piano Competition concluded its 40th anniversary on October 6 in Guangzhou, China with the announcement of the Grand Prize Winners in the Student and Open categories. Pianists competed in regional events in the United States, Canada, Philippines, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Ecuador, Poland, and Iran, to earn the all-expenses-paid trip to the finals.
In the Student Category, which is restricted to ages 13 to 16, Mo Zixuan from the Chinese island province of Hainan, and Zhou Cheng from Beijing, China, won First Prize, taking home a Kayserburg 47.5” Excellent Series Vertical Piano, certificate, and a trophy. Student Category Second Prize went to Xu Qilun from Shandong Province, China, and Tan Xincao from Hunan Province, China, who each received a cash prize, a certificate, and a trophy. Nayla Arifa Salwa from Indonesia), Han Yuliang from Hunan Province, China, and Liu Xiaohe from Shandong Province, China each earned the Third Prize award of a cash prize, a certificate, and trophy.
In the Open Category, reserved for pianists from the age of 17 to 32, the First Prize winner was Chen Yuxin from China, who was awarded a Kayserburg 5’ 3” Baby Grand Artists Series Piano, a certificate, and a trophy. The Second Prize was shared by Zhang Sichen from China, and Wang Chong from Germany, who each received a cash prize, a certificate, and a trophy. The Third Prize winners of a cash prize, a certificate, and a trophy were Wang Yuke, Yang Haokun, and Li Yizhe from China
Held every two years, the competition was launched in 1983 by the Pearl River Piano Group, the world’s leading piano manufacturer, to pave the way for the higher development of deserving young talents and expand piano education’s influence globally.
“We’re honored how this competition has grown to become the world’s largest with over 100,000 participants,” said Pearl River’s Global Director of Sales & Marketing Leng Tshua. “It’s because of the worldwide supportfrom teachers, students, and dealers that we are expanding the influence of piano education.”
Established in 1956, Pearl River Piano Group has become the largest piano manufacturer in the world with a global market share of over 30%, producing over 150,000 pianos a year under the Pearl River, Ritmüller, and Kayserburg names.