Classical Music Concerts

Robert Beardsley Piano Prize Winner

Ruthmere Museum is pleased to announce the winner of the Fourth Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Competition-- Dr. Daniel Lin!

Daniel performed the follow repertoire at the competition:

J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp minor, BWV 883, Book II

Ravel: Scarbo from Gaspard de la Nuit

Liszt: Transcendental Etude No. 10 in F minor


Our goal for this competition is simple yet bold. Ruthmere seeks to discover the next piano virtuoso in the music world. After a very competitive Preliminary Round with 10 applicants from around the country, the judging panel composed of Drs. Youmee Kim, John Blacklow and José Mendez secured six finalists to perform in the live competition on September 18th. Joining Daniel Lin as Finalists were: William Chiang (third place), Euna Choi, Helena Hyesoo Kim (second place), Curtis Pavey and Chenyu Wang.

The Competition was a lively 3-hour event that showcased the talents of our six exceptional pianists.  Finalists received $100 and complimentary lodging at the Elkhart Travelodge during the competition.  It is our expectation and hope to field talent equal to this group for 2022.  Next year's competition is scheduled to open applications in March, with the live competition date scheduled for September 10, 2022.

Grand Prize Winner’s Performance: October 14, 2022

Competition Winner Daniel Lin will return to Ruthmere to perform the opening concert of the Ruthmere Fall Concert series on Thursday, October 14th at 7pm.  At this concert Daniel will receive his cash award of $1,000, and have his name displayed alongside the Beardsley Cup on permanent exhibit at Ruthmere.  Congratulations to Daniel!


And the Winner is...

Past Beardsley Competition Winners

2017 - Nicholas Roth

2018 - Nicholas Susi

2019 - Yixiang Hou

2020 - Hyeseon Jin

2021 - Daniel Lin

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 2021 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.



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