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Organizers will continue tradition in Cape Vincent
with Thousand Islands International Piano Competition


Community members invited to enjoy live performances by tomorrow’s stars


CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. – The Cape Vincent Arts Council will present the 17th annual Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, Sept. 6-8, on the grounds of Maple Grove Estate, 596 West Broadway in Cape Vincent.  Competition piano wb.jpg

Similar to high-level sports competition for young athletes, this event provides a venue for exceptional young pianists to perform and be judged by professionals while being supported by the Cape Vincent community. The combination of the beauty provided by the Thousand Islands area combined with the wonderful music performed by talented young people is an experience not to be missed!

The 2019 competition will feature 16 students in two divisions. There are eight junior division pianists and eight senior division pianists. This year, contestants come from a variety of states including New York, Wisconsin, Texas, Connecticut, Virginia and Michigan and California.

Every competitor will perform each day. Competition begins at 9 a.m. with students in the Junior Division performing first. There will be a break for lunch at about noon, and on Friday and Saturday, the competition will continue until late afternoon. Sunday’s competition will finish about noon with winners announced at an awards ceremony at about 1 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, pianists will perform selections of their choice from Baroque, classical and 20th to 21st century music. In addition on Saturday, pianists must include a major Chopin work in their programs. Sunday’s repertoire must be all Chopin music.

Three judges (college professors and/or professional pianists) will declare division winners on Sunday afternoon.

Audience members may choose to cast a vote (with a donation) for their favorite pianist in each division. Ballots will be counted at the end of the competition, and a cash prize will be awarded in each division to the pianist with the most votes.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome to come anytime. There will be seating provided in the tent, and attendees are welcome to bring a lawn chair for outside the tent. This event offers a great opportunity for young people to attend, since each individual performance is limited to about 15-25 minutes.

To learn more about this event, visit or look for the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition page on Facebook.

Come be a part of the tradition of beautiful music on the St. Lawrence River at the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition for Young People.


(Cape Vincent Arts Council)