Classical Music Concerts

2020 Robert Beardsley Piano Prize Competition

The 2020 Beardsley Piano Prize Competition will take place on Saturday, September 19th, 2020. More information TBA. To inquire about applying for the 2020 competition, please contact Mark Doddington at mdoddington@ruthmere.org or call 574-264-0330.

2019 Winner

Ruthmere Museum is proud to announce the 2019 Winner of the Second Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Competition -- Yixiang Hou.  Yixiang Hou, born in China, currently resides in Boston and is enrolled in the Graduate Diploma program at the New England Conservatory. 


At the competition, Hou performed Alexander Scriabin's Piano Sonata #9, Op. 68, and Charles-Valentin Alkan's Le festin d'Esope, Op. 39, No. 12. 

Past Beardsley Competition Winners

2017 - Nicholas Roth

2018 - Nicholas Susi


About the Beardsley Cup

The Beardsley Cup, composed of sterling silver and manufactured in 1907 in London, resides in a new custom built display case with the names of the winners of the Beardsley Competition. The inaugural recipient in 2017, Nicholas Roth, was named in recognition of his long devotion to Ruthmere and its Fall Concert Series. The 2020 winner’s name will be added to the display, enhancing the lore of piano performances at Ruthmere. Please contact Ruthmere Museum at (574) 264-0330 ext. 107 if you have any questions regarding the competition or the entry requirements.

Generous Sponsorship By:

Robert B. Beardsley
Dorinda Miles Smith
Terry Trimmer
Gordon & Phyllis Hostetler
Pat Morison
Dena Phillips
James Rieckhoff
Dale and Shelly Seely
Marie Smith
Jon and Carol Smoker
Ray & Cheryl Waldman


The Ruthmere Concert Fund


(574)-264-0330

(888)-287-7696


302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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