Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition

33rd Annual Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition & Concert with Paul Lewis

Saturday, April 6, 2019:

Competition: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Master class with Paul Lewis: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Concert Hall, San Jose State University

Applications due by 5 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2019
Download brochure and application form


Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:00 p.m:

Paul Lewis, piano

Purchase Tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the door

Paul LewisEnglish pianist Paul Lewis has received worldwide acclaim for his cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert, and multiple awards for his recordings, including the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and the Diabelli Variations. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and later with Alfred Brendel. He is currently co-chair of the Leeds International Piano Competition. In this first appearance in San José, he continues his enchanting recital series that explores connections between the sonatas of Haydn, the late piano works of Brahms, and Beethoven’s Bagatelles and Diabelli Variations.


Piano Sonata in E Minor, Hob. XVI/34 (ca. 1784) by Joseph Haydn

Three Intermezzi, op. 117 (1892) by Johannes Brahms

33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, op. 120 (1822-1823) by Ludwig van Beethoven

“[Lewis] combined muscularity, tenderness and intelligence with unshowy dexterity to create interpretations of great insight and power” – The Guardian
“Paul Lewis’ intelligent, immaculate delight of a piano recital” – Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune

Concert Hall, South Seventh Street, San Jose

Purchase Tickets:
VIP (includes reserved seating, paid parking, and post-concert reception with the artist): $82.50
General admission (open seating): $42.50
SJSU faculty and staff (open seating): $22.50
Students (children under 18 and college students with ID (show at door)): FREE

(ticket prices include processing fee)

Paid parking ($5/all day) is available at 7th Street parking garage at San Jose State University, located at the corner of 7th and San Salvador Streets.

Map and driving directions to the parking garage

Additional free parking is available in downtown lots on weekends.

Map and driving directions to the concert hall

Questions? Call 408-808-2058

Congratulations to the YPBC winners for 2018:

Ethan Andrew Chi (Cupertino, CA)
Jessica Li (Santa Clara, CA)
Ethan Yuen (Palo Alto, CA)

YPBC finalists for 2018 try the Center's fortepianos on April 8, 2018

YPBC finalists try the Center's fortepianos

The Young Pianist's Beethoven competition was founded in 1987 by Celia Méndez, a San José private piano teacher, with the purpose of being an artistic learning experience, a pedagogical tool for California High School students in the process of understanding the interpretation of Beethoven's piano sonatas. Consistent with this purpose, the "prize" of the competition is participation in a master class given to the three finalists by an internationally renowned artist.


YPBC finalists try the Center's fortepianos

Both events were sponsored by Silicon Valley Creates, the Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of San José, and the American Beethoven Society


Many thanks to all who participated in our 2018 event. Stayed tuned for the announcement of next year's event (spring 2019)!



Jon Nakamatsu at Broadwood


Jon Nakamatsu plays the Center's 1823 Broadwood fortepiano