The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, a non-profit organization, is an outgrowth of The Stecher and Horowitz School of the Arts. The school, founded in 1960, in Cedarhurst, New York, was Nassau County’s leading conservatory of music until 1999. Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, Executive Directors of the Foundation and Founders of the original school, have devoted a lifetime to the education of young people. More than 15,000 students attended the school during its thirty-nine year history. The Foundation is now dedicated toward an expanded concept that serves and inspires outstanding young musicians worldwide. Introduced in 2002 to the world of competitions, The New York International Piano Competition is a biennial event for twenty-two pianists, ages 16 to 21.