Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition

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

Saturday, April 6, 2019.

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

Congratulations to the 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