The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation

NYIPC Alumni receives 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant


The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation congratulates Charlie Albright, 2006 NYIPC First Prize Winner, upon receiving a prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by the Washington Post, Charlie has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times. Recipient of the prestigious 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, winner in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and recipient of the 2013 Arthur W. Foote Award, his 2013-2014 season includes 64 concerts nationwide.

The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation is proud to have played a role in Charlie’s career since he was awarded the First Prize in both Solo and Ensemble categories of the 2006 New York International Piano Competition. Since 1960, the Foundation has been committed to helping young musicians like Charlie to achieve their personal and professional goals through mentoring, career guidance, artistic development, and performance opportunities.

The Avery Fisher Artist Program, established by the late Avery Fisher as part of a major gift to Lincoln Center in 1974, serves as a monument to Mr. Fisher’s philanthropy and love of music, with the Career Grants in particular exemplifying his devotion to helping young artists who are working musicians. They are designed to give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists, as well as chamber ensembles, who have great potential for major careers. Each recipient receives an award stipend of $25,000, to be used for furthering their career.

We extend our warmest congratulations to Charlie, and look forward to participating in the growth of his career as mentors and friends.

Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, Executive Directors

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2014 NYIPC Contestants Announced

Congratulations to the young pianists who have been selected as Contestants for
The Seventh New York International Piano Competition!

Jun Hwi Cho (South Korea)
Dean Deng (USA)
Elbert Gong (USA)
Tom Hicks (United Kingdom)
Fantee Jones (USA)
Salome Jordania (Republic of Georgia)
Constance Kaita (USA)
Seol-Hwa Kim (South Korea)
Daniel Kim (USA)
Jung Yeon (Jenny) Lee (South Korea)
Ling-Yu Lee (Taiwan)
Ning Yuen Li (USA)
Yilin Liu (China)
Max Ma (USA)
Patrick Pan (USA)
Yumeng Pan (China)
Thomas Steigerwald (USA)
Peggy Wu (China)
Xinman Wu (China)
Yilun Xu (China)
Minjei Yang (South Korea)
Aleksei Zaitsev (Finland)

The NYIPC will be held at the Manhattan School of Music between June 23 and 27, 2014.
For more information about the competition, click here.

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“In piano recital at the Phillips, Anna Han, 16, shows firepower beyond her years” The Washington Post

By Stephen Brookes, Published: November 26

One of the perks of winning the New York International Piano Competition is a recital at the Phillips Collection, and on Sunday afternoon, the prodigiously gifted Anna Han — who walked off with this year’s prize at the tender age of 16— put on a display of imagination, taste and pianistic firepower that was far beyond her years. Continued…

“Music review: Igor Lovchinsky and Jonathan Coombs at Phillips Collection” The Washington Post

By Joan Reinthaler, Published: November 19

Generations of university music majors have cut their teeth on Walter Piston’s iconic “Harmony” text. It’s a great book but not the best way to get to know and understand Piston’s music. The program of his piano compositions that Igor Lovchinsky and Jonathan Coombs brought to the Phillips Collection on Sunday, however, did a pretty good job of this. Continued…

“Eliminating the Competition” The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal


Published June 13, 2012

New York

Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz have shared not just a stage but also a piano bench for more than 40 years. As the Stecher & Horowitz Duo they were one of the most successful piano duos of the past century. Over time, though, their ability to share has extended into the realm of education, which they fostered through publishing ventures and a music school in Cedarhurst, N.Y., that graduated some 15,000 pianists. It might seem odd, then, that their most recent venture is a competition. Then again, it’s an unusual one.

“Anna Han Wins First Prize at the Sixth New York International Piano Competition” Musical America

Musical America

Anna Han Wins First Prize at Sixth New York International Piano Competition
By Hemsing Associates
Public Relations for the Arts
June 26, 2012

The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation has announced sixteen-year-old Anna Han of Chandler, Arizona as the First Prize Winner of the Sixth New York International Piano Competition. Ms. Han has studied with Mr. Fei Xu at New Century Conservatory since she was five years old. She has won a number of national and international piano competitions, including the first prize at the 2011 New Orleans International Piano Competition for Young Artists, the first prize for the 2011 and 2008 IIYM (International Institute for Young Musicians) International Piano Competitions, second prize at the 2008 Missouri Southern International Piano Competition Junior Division, the bronze medal at the 2008 Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition, fifth place at the 2010 Cooper International Piano Competition, and she was the national first place winner of the 2007 Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition. Continued…