The Final Round Jury

The jury for the final round of our competition:

Boris Zarankin

A pianist of international renown, Boris Zarankin was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “pianist of flair, style and exciting virtuosity.” Mr. Zarankin studied at the Kharkov State Conservatory and at the Moscow State Conservatory. Mr. Zarankin has appeared as a soloist with many leading orchestras, and is a highly esteemed piano teacher. His students have included David Louie, Micah Yui, Stuart Hamilton and William Leathers. Mr. Zarankin has adjudicated numerous festivals, and facilitated master classes and pedagogy workshops internationally and across Canada and the GTA. He is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Off Centre Music Salon with his wife, Inna Perkis.


Christopher Miranda

Studying with Marina Geringas at the RCM, young Christopher was the winner of the Toronto Symphony and TD National Competitions and the Mississauga Arts Award, was heard on CBC Radio, CHCH and Bravo television, and was reviewed by the Toronto Star. At the University of Toronto under Marietta Orlov, he was awarded the W.O. Forsyth scholarship, the Felix Galimir award for Chamber Music, and a Canada Council for the Arts grant. He went on to study at Yale University with the late Claude Frank, and at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler, earning a Doctor of Music degree. Dr. Miranda is an adjudicator, an artist of the Canzona concert series, and has a large studio at the #1 ranked Mississauga School of Music, and Opus Alive. His students are provincial prize winners, laureates of international competition, and recipients of the RCM gold medal.


Alexina Louie

One of Canadaʼs most sought after composers, Alexina Louie has written for many of the countryʼs leading soloists, chamber ensembles, new music ensembles and orchestras. Her works have become part of the standard repertoire, in particular her many compositions for piano, which are frequently performed by students and professionals alike. She is the winner of two Juno Awards, and three times been awarded the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award for being the most frequently performed Canadian classical composer. Ms. Louie is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario and a Queenʼs Golden Jubilee Medal, as well as the Queenʼs Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.



And the finalists are...

The verdict is in! 

The jury members were highly impressed with the overall level of performance among the twelve entrants, and they chose four finalists:

Eric Guo, age 15. Teacher: Li Wang. Music School: Taylor Academy. High School: Wexford Collegiate

Catherine He, age 14. Teacher: Lang Ning Liu. Music School: Taylor Academy. High School: Sir John A. Macdonald C.I.

Raymond Huang, age 15. Teacher: Diane Werner. Music School: Taylor Academy. High School: Bayview Secondary School.

Elijah Orlenko, age 13. Teacher: Michael Berkovsky. Music School: Taylor Academy. Middle School: King Edward P.S.

Congratulations to all!

Round 2 will be held on Tuesday, June 19, at Mazzoleni Hall, at the Royal Conservatory, presented in partnership with the Off Centre Music Salon.

The performance will be public. The jury will be announced in the coming days.

Watch this space also for an announcement about tickets.

Year 1, Round 1

This is the very belated launch of our news blog. There has been plenty of news to report, but other responsibilities (and a mile- wide procrastination streak) have kept me from keeping you updated.

So, let's catch up.

Our First Round jury, announced to the entrants but not (until now) to the general public, are three highly acclaimed Toronto-raised pianists now living and teaching in the U.S. and performing internationally:


Twelve young pianists entered the competition. The candidates were from all over the GTA: downtown Toronto, Scarborough, Markham, Mississauga, etc. Many were from the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music, but a few came from other schools or independent teachers.