Classical Music Concerts

2021 Robert Beardsley Piano Prize Competition

Ruthmere Museum is proud to announce the Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Finals Competition on Saturday, September 18 in the Ruthmere Game Room. Ruthmere seeks to discover the next piano virtuoso in the music world. Come listen to our finalists compete for our panel of distinguished judges. Tickets are available to the general public for just $5 a person. Doors open at 11am. The competition will begin at Noon. Individual artist performance time are yet to be determined. Click here to register.


William Chiang, 24, recently completed his Masters degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the spring of 2021, where he studied under the tutelage of André Watts and was an Associate Instructor in Piano. He also pursued his undergraduate degree at IU with Evelyne Brancart. William has performed piano concerti with the IU Student Orchestras, Plano Symphony (TX), and Lewisville Lake Symphony (TX) and has received awards from the Chopin International Young Artist Competition (Houston), International Keyboard Odyssiad, Knabe International Piano Competition, Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, and Hellam Young Artists Competition, among others.  He is a recipient of the Texas Commission on the Arts’s Young Masters Scholarship.  William is now pursuing a doctoral degree in piano performance with Bernadene Blaha at the University of Southern California, where he is also a Teaching Assistant in the Keyboard Studies department.

Euna Choi hails from South Korea. She finished her Masters degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with professor Norman Krieger and is starting a new program called Performer Diploma at the same school, IU JSoM with prof. Krieger. Choi is also working at the school as an Associate Instructor in the Piano Department. She‌ completed her Bachelor of Music in Ewha Womans University in Seoul‌. She ‌‌graduated from Seoul Arts High School and Yewon Arts Middle School, which are the most famous art schools in Korea. In 2020, she had a performance at the Auer Hall, IU JSoM as one of the selected performers(selected by piano faculty) for the concert named Beethoven Piano Sonata Festival,” which was the celebration concert of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

Helena Hyesoo Kim is a Korean-Canadian pianist who enjoys connecting with communities through her performances, teaching, and outreach activities. Her performances have been acclaimed as “sensitive,” “charming,” and “noble.” At the age of eleven, she performed with the Poland Chamber Orchestra in South Korea. She has performed solo and chamber recitals in Russia, Chile, Holland, France, Canada, and the United States. Additionally, she has performed and presented recitals of underrepresented composers including Galina Ustvolskaya and Sofia Gubaidulina, pursuing her passion to discover unfamiliar works of highly artistic and unique composers. Helena has a diverse educational background. She has studied music in various cities and schools, including the Saint-Petersburg Pre-Conservatory, University of British Columbia, McGill University, and Université de Montréal. Helena is finishing her DMA in Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati under the tutelage of Professor Ran Dank. 

Taiwanese-Canadian pianist Daniel Lin currently teaches piano at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.  Previously, he was a visiting faculty member at the University of Evansville.

Lin’s performances have been featured in a variety of venues in the US and abroad.  He was a finalist in several international competitions, including the 2006 Pacific International Competition, as well as the 2008 Chinese International Piano Competition.  He appeared as a soloist with the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra and, most recently, with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as one of the winners of the PianoTexas International Academy and Festival Concerto Competition.  He has presented lectures and workshops both regionally and nationally.

Lin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington.   

Curtis Pavey, praised by Peter Jacobi of the Herald Times as “an artist of considerable finish and even more promise,” enjoys a diverse musical career as a pianist, harpsichordist, and educator. Originally from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Curtis maintains an active teaching and performing career having recently performed Schoenberg’s Suite for Piano, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Schubert’s Die Winterreise with bass-baritone Daren Small, and Loeffler’s Deux Rhapsodies with the Loeffler Trio based in Cincinnati. As a harpsichordist, he has performed in prestigious venues including the Oregon Bach Festival and in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. Curtis is completing a doctoral degree under Professor James Tocco and Dr. Michael Unger at the University of Cincinnati. Curtis graduated from the master’s program at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where majored in Piano Performance and Early Music – Harpsichord, working with Professors Edward Auer and Elisabeth Wright.

Chenyu Wang, born in China, made his solo debut when he studied at attached middle school of Shenyang Conservatory. He continued his studies with Danwen Wei and Dongni Ma at Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China, where he got Bachelor of Music degree. Later Wang earned Master of Music at University of South Carolina, studying with Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers. In 2020 Wang received Graduate Professional Diploma at Hartt school, University of Hartford where was under the guidance of Paul Rutman. Currently Wang is graduate teaching assistant at School of Music, The Ohio State University, studying with Steven Glaser. Wang has awarded top prizes including KAWAI Asia Chopin piano competition in 2014, 3rd prize in YAMAHA Asia piano competition in 2014, prize in 5th Paderewski International Piano Competition in Hartford and 2nd prize of J. S. Bach Music Festival in CT in 2020. 


Hailed for his “powerful and eloquent” playing (New York Times),  pianist John Blacklow has toured the U.S. Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. Blacklow has been presented in  venues such as the Louvre in Paris, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is an enthusiastic interpreter of new music, premiering works by composers such as Louis Andriessen, Steve Mackey and Magnus Lindberg. In 2015, Albany Records released American Duoswith Blacklow in collaboration with violinist Jennifer Frautschi. The CD features five works by American contemporary composers Dan Coleman, Stephen Hartke, Steve Mackey, Elena Ruehr, and Barbara White.  

Blacklow has performed in several capacities with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As keyboardist, he has worked under conductors including  Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, John Adams, and Marin Alsop, and performed in the world premiere of Soundings by John Williams at the gala opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

Steinway Artist, Blacklow was a student of Tatiana Yampolsky, graduating from both Harvard University and The Juilliard School; he also studied under John Browning, Bella Davidovich, and Leonard Shure. He is currently on the music faculty at Notre Dame University.

An active performer, pianist Youmee Kim has appeared in over 130 recitals, concert series, festivals, conferences and master classes in South Koren, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Canada, Serbia, and across the United States. She can be heard on a solo piano CD, Journey to America: American Contemporary Piano Music (Centaur Records, 2017).

Her solo performances have been described as “wonderfully articulated, terrific, jaw-dropping, magnificent” by Fanfare Magazine. An active collaborative pianist, Dr. Kim recorded Clarinet and Piano Fantasies with R. Rischin (Centaur Records, 2017). Her other CDs include Ars Nostra: Persona with S. Lee (Centaur Records, 2014) and Samplings, New Recordings for the Bassoon and Piano with M. Morris (MSR Music LLC, 2015). A specialist in American contemporary piano music, she has authored a book, An Analysis and Performance Guide to Benjamin Lees’ Odyssey I and II (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008).

Dr. Kim received degrees in piano performance from Ewha Woman’s University in Korea (BM), Indiana University (MM and Performer Diploma), and The Ohio State University (DMA). Prior to joining Ohio Wesleyan Department of Music, Dr. Kim has served as piano faculty at Ohio University and Wright State University.

Described as “an artist with a polished sound and tremendous constructive power,” Jose Ramon Mendez is one of the most exciting Spanish pianists of today.

            He made his solo debut at the age of eleven at the Oviedo Philharmonic Society in Oviedo, Spain. He first gained international recognition when he performed Liszt's first piano concerto at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Since then, he has concertized extensively in his native Spain, the United States, Italy, England, Portugal, Holland, and Japan to great acclaim.

At the age of 18, Mendez came to the United States, where he began his studies at Manhattan School of Music. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts under the tutelage of Byron Janis and Miyoko Lotto. During his stay in New York, he won top prizes in many international competitions, including Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition, Hilton Head Island International Piano Competition, Frederick Chopin Competition in New York, and Hermanos Guerrero International Piano Competition, among others.

Mendez's professional teaching career began in 1996, when he was invited to teach master classes at the Gijon School of Music. Since then, he has given master classes in numerous cities in Spain, as well as in the United States. He is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at Northwestern University.

And the Winner Is...

Past Beardsley Competition Winners

2017 - Nicholas Roth

2018 - Nicholas Susi

2019 - Yixiang Hou

2020 - Hyeseon Jin

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:

The Late Robert B. Beardsley
Dorinda Miles Smith
Terry Trimmer
Marie Smith
Gordon & Phyllis Hostetler
Ray & Mary Pat Mathis
Pat Morison
Dena Phillips
James Rieckhoff
Dale & Shelly Seely
Jon & Carol Smoker

The Ruthmere Concert Fund



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