The 6th North West International Piano Ensemble Competition (2018)

for Piano Duet (One Piano, Four Hands)  &
Piano Duo (Two Pianos, Four Hands)

Competition Dates

Fri, November 23: First Round
Sat, November 24: Final Round
Sun, November 25: Master Class

General Adult: CAD $40
Students & Seniors: CAD $30
Children (12 and under): CAD $20

Tickets are available via Eventbrite at: https://nwipec2018.eventbrite.ca

Online ticket sales end one day prior to the Final Round. No refunds available. Tickets also sold at the door on the day of the Competition, for the same prices.

The competition is now in full swing of final preparations and we are happy to report that this will be a super show! Excellent teams have joined to make our competition an amazing display of talent and skill. Anyone wishing to hear what duets and duos are capable of, should not miss this opportunity to witness some of the world’s best amateur teams. Needless to say, the competition executive is excited, and we know you, the audience, will be too. Please visit our Facebook page and see our posters for details. Tickets for the final round are now available on Eventbrite.

To the competitors, we want to express our support for a great experience. You are what makes the North West International Piano Ensemble Competition a recognized Canadian event.

We, the NWPES, want to thank our sponsorsespecially Tom Lee Musicfor their great support. Without them, this kind of a competition would not be possible or as successful as it is.

Winfried Rompf
President, NWPES

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

This competition has been birthed from a desire to provide opportunities for talented and advanced piano ensembles to have a platform for their performance of duets and duos. Piano students are encouraged to explore the vast repertoire of music, other than arrangements, that is available for such performances.

WHY PIANO ENSEMBLE?

Many serious students of the piano have experienced the desire to play with other musicians and to enjoy the social aspect and camaraderie of music making.  Piano playing, though by itself  a great art with much deep satisfaction, can be lonely at times.  Therefore, since the time of Mozart, piano duets and duos have been a regular creative means of engaging in music-making with someone(s) else.  This competition is the only one of its kind in Canada and should be viewed as a great chance to show what can be done when two talents unite in one exhilarating performance.

COMPETITION HISTORY

This competition started in 2009, and has had five successful returns since then. It runs every second year, the next being in November 2018. There are three categories, based on age groups. The junior (up to age 12), intermediate (age 13 to 18), and senior (age 19 to 30) categories have attracted very gifted pianists from several continents, and across Canada. We are proud to say that some of the past contestants have gone on to do professional careers and have performed with major orchestras and attended universities and conservatories both at home and abroad.

Our judges have been from Europe and North America and have contributed to attract great talent. The Bergmann Duo, Professor T. N. Baynov, Jeroen van Veen, Dr. Terence Dawson and Linda Lee Thomas were much appreciated for their international reputation and the high standard they placed in this competition.

The Fourth North West International Piano Ensemble Competition (2014)
"The Northwest International Piano Ensemble Competition has been one of my most precious memories along my musical journey. It is a rare opportunity that I am so grateful to have had in my life."
Angeni Wang
1st Place, 2014
"To participate in the only piano ensemble competition in Canada is truly a remarkable opportunity and experience that I will treasure for a lifetime"
Arthur Wang
1st Place, 2014

Mayor Gregor Robertson's Letter of Support

“On behalf of my colleagues on Vancouver City Council, I am pleased to extend my greetings to everyone attending the 6th North West International Piano Ensemble Competition hosted by the North West Piano Ensemble Society (NWPES).

This North West Piano Ensemble Society was formed in 2006 in order to provide an opportunity for talented amateur pianists to explore the piano duet and piano duo repertoire and to demonstrate both, to themselves and audiences, the rich legacy of this type of piano music. The experience of playing as teams is very worthy and helpful to young performers. This competition is the only one of its kind in Canada and we are so proud to host it in Vancouver.

I would like to welcome everyone to this competition. Participants have come from Asia, Europe, across Canada and, of course, locally. We are fortunate in Vancouver to have a thriving arts community and we all agree that music is a wonderful way to bridge the gaps between cultures and ages.

I wish all the participants the best of luck for a successful and enjoyable competition.”

Thank You!

Without the generous support of our sponsors and donors, we would not be where we are today.

The NWPES is a registered non-profit organization and we rely on the support of the community to help us make the competition as successful as it is. We invite you to get involved, whether it be as a volunteer, donor, or sponsor.