Future piano greats in competition

The Robert and Ellen Silverman Piano Competition brings together UBC's best and brightest young pianists in competition for an opportunity to perform with the UBC Symphony Orchestra at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. The winners of the inaugural competition will perform on September 23rd, 2018. Please check back in August for information about tickets. 


The 2018 Competition


Thomas Pantea
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op.37
(Orchestra: Carter Johnson)

Aydan Con
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K.488
(Orchestra: Juan Wang)

Sarah Tang
Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 54
(Orchestra: Carter Johnson)

Ayunia Saputro
Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 in B-flat Major, K.595
(Orchestra: Derek Stanyer)

Shirley Cha
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K.466
(Orchestra: Juan Wang)

Evgenia Rabinovich
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
(Orchestra: Nicolas Rada)

Benjamin Hopkins
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op.58
(Orchestra: Scott Meek)

Irene M Setiawan
Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No.1 in G Minor, Op. 25
(Orchestra: Scott Meek)


WATCH: Ben Hopkins performs a passage from Brahms's Concerto No. 1 in D Minor and discusses the importance of the Silverman Competition

WATCH: Ayunia Saputro performs an excerpt from Chopin’s Ballade No.1 in G Minor and discusses Mozart and the excitement of performing with an orchestra

WATCH: DMA student Evgenia Rabinovich will compete in the upcoming Silverman Competition. Here she performs an excerpt from Chopin’s 2nd Ballade.



Robert and Ellen Silverman believe that all serious piano students should have the chance to perform with a symphony orchestra.

Says Robert, a professor emeritus at the School of Music and legendary pianist in his own right:“Professionally, if any pianist is going to 'make it,' playing a concerto and knowing how to do it is very important.  There are only so many opportunities to play with the orchestra. So Ellen and I thought, what can we do that would be good for the students and a good feature for the school?”

Open to all UBC School of Music piano students, the first competition takes place in March 2018 and will run every two years thereafter. The grand prize? An opportunity to perform a concerto with the UBC Symphony Orchestra at the Chan Centre.

From the Blog: Robert Silverman talks about performing Beethoven and finding your way as a young musician.

Ellen Silverman

Ellen Silverman

Robert Silverman

Robert Silverman



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