Results for 7th North West International Piano Ensemble Competition (in Memory of Winfried Rompf) Announced

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

2022 Competition Poster

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VANCOUVER, CANADA, November 13, 2022-

We are thrilled to announce the prize winners of the 7th North West International Piano Ensemble Competition (in Memory of Winfried Rompf).

Senior Division

1st Prize (CAD $1500): Lyu-Yan Kuo and Sean Gan from Singapore

2nd Prize (CAD $1000): Nina Vu and Pascal Menke from Toronto, Canada

We have also secured a series of masterclasses (Europe, 2023) for the Senior Division 1st prize winner, more details to be released later.

Intermediate Division

1st Prize: not awarded

2nd Prize (CAD $600): Elaine Wang and Janice Loi from Vancouver, Canada

3rd Prize (CAD $500): George Cao and Michael Qiao from Vancouver, Canada

                              and Yiqiao Lu and Haoran (Ethan) Yang from Vancouver, Canada

Junior Division

1st Prize: not awarded

2nd Prize (CAD $200): Harry and Owen Song from Vancouver, Canada

3rd Prize (CAD $100): Keenan and Enrelle Ashong from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations to all the prize winners. We have witnessed some inspirational performances in this year’s competition. We would also like to commend all the participants for their hard work and dedication to piano ensemble playing during this difficult time. The NWIPEC organizing committee will award every participant a CD recording of Mr. Winfried Rompf and a certificate of participation. We wish continued success to all the participants in their future artistic development and encourage further interest in the playing of piano ensemble music.

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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.


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.


This competition started in 2009, and has had many successful competitions since then. It normally runs every second year. The competition has attracted very gifted pianists from several continents. We are proud to say that some of the past contestants have gone on to pursue professional musical careers and have performed with major orchestras 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)

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“The North West Piano Ensemble Competition brings world-class judges who challenge me to embrace different interpretations in their master classes.”
Amanda Chan
Intermediate Division, 1st Place, 2018
“A platform where you will not only be up against international standards, but also have the opportunity to reach out to the community, sharing the common passion for piano ensemble music.”
Gabriel Hoe
Senior Division, 3rd Place, 2018

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