About Us

Bay Area Piano Competition is organized by local teachers, performers, and recording studios in order to promote piano culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. This area has a long tradition of music culture and and is home to some of the finest musicians and educators in the world. Ongoing events that engage the community and nurture young performers are integral to keep the culture alive.

Our team takes special care of each entry, giving individual constructive feedback to each student. Many of our competitors have entered multiple times, growing their skills and love of piano further.

JUDICATORS:

Victoria L. Williams, FSCTM:  Victoria received B.M. and M.M. degrees from Juilliard School of Music and Manhattan School of Music. She has been teaching the piano for more than 45 years, and continues to adjudicate piano competitions. Professional musician, church organist/pianist/choir director.  

Philip Jung: A native of the Bay Area, Philip received B.M. degree from the Juilliard School of Music and M.M. from Tel Aviv University. In addition to being awarded numerous scholarships and top prizes in competitions, Philip has studied with renown pedagogues such as John McCarthy, Matti Raekallio, Emanuel Krasovsky, Arie Vardi, and Adrian Oetiker. Philip currently teaches in the Bay Area striving to develop and promote growth in students that achieve “Distinction” and “Merit” awards for ABRSM.

Tammy Lin: Tammy received M.M. degree in Classical Piano performance from Manhattan School of Music.  As a solo pianist, she had debuts at the most prestigious concert venues in US, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center of Performing Arts in NYC and Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington DC. 

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Kayoko Kuchiishi, MBA:  Kayoko received B.M. degree in Piano Performance from Kunitachi Conservatory of Music, one of the top conservatories in Japan. She studied and performed extensively in Japan and the US both in Classical and Jazz repertoire. She is certified in multiple instruction methods, and prepares for Certificate of Merit®, ABRSM, and RCM piano exams. She has been teaching the piano for more than 30 years. Member of MTAC, MTNA, TMTA. WonderfulMusicSchool.com

SPONSOR:

William Mandell: Born and raised in San Mateo, William studied piano from an early age as a prolific multi-instrumentalist and performer, eventually earning a Music Composition degree from CSU Hayward with a focus in electronic music production. He performed professionally for years including being the resident pianist for the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Currently he produces music for various artists and companies out of his studio, Broken Horn Studios.