Louise DeFeo Parillo Piano Competition

The Board of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce that the 2017 Louise DeFeo Parillo Piano Competition will be held in Schenectady in April of 2017. The mandatory concerto piece will be the 1st movement of the Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor. An elective piece of the student’s choosing will also be judged.

This competition was created in 1995 for young pianists in the Capital District to honor the memory of Louise DeFeo Parillo. Mrs. Parillo was a locally prominent pianist who had her own radio show on WGY in the 1930s and ‘40s and was very active in area music groups, including the Etude Club. The aim of the Parillo competition is to encourage a life-long enjoyment of music in young pianists as accomplished professionals or dedicated amateurs, reflecting the spirit of Louise DeFeo Parillo herself.

The co-winners of the most recent competition (2015) were Aaron Chan of Niskayuna and Jihu Mun of Cohoes. Both of these young men have won numerous prizes in area piano competitions and also share a passion for orchestral music and computer science.

The Parillo competition is open to all piano students from the greater Capital District area who are 12 years of age or older on the date on the competition. Winners are awarded cash prizes and will be invited to perform at a joint concert with the winners of the Anthony R. Stefan Scholarship Competition. Especially promising students are considered for further performance opportunities, such as concerti with the full Orchestra or solo piano recitals, at prestigious local venues such as Union College Memorial Chapel or Proctor’s Theater.

We are especially pleased to welcome our 2014 winner, Jisoo Rachel Sohn, to perform as a soloist this season, aptly titled “Spirit of Youth.” Rachel will be performing the Concerto for Piano No 2, g minor by Camille Saint- Saëns on April 23rd, 2017. We are overjoyed to witness her blossom into a commanding artist.

Applications must be received at the address below by Jan 31, 2017. Competition information, including application forms, will be sent to music departments of local school districts and many private piano teachers. For more information, write to:

The Louise DeFeo Parillo Piano Competition
Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
Proctor’s Arcade, 432 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12305

Chair, Masako Yamada  myamada@alum.wellesley.edu



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