Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition

32nd Annual Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition

Sunday, April 8, 2018. Concert Hall, San José State University
Finals: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Masterclass for the 3 winners with Jon Nakamatsu: 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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.

Jon NakamatsuConcert by Jon Nakamatsu

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:00 p.m. Concert Hall, San José State University (South Seventh St.)

ORDER TICKETS from the American Beethoven Society


Clementi: Sonata in F# Minor, op. 25, no. 5

Beethoven: Sonata no. 15 in D Major, op. 28 ("Pastoral")

Brahms: Sonata in F Minor, op. 5

Tickets now on sale:

$20 students
$40 general
$100 VIP packages (includes reserved seating, reception with artist, and free parking)

 Call 408-808-2056 for information on group discounts (10 or more tickets)

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