The Gurwitz International Piano Competition is the latest iteration of the esteemed San Antonio International Piano Competition (SAIPC), now under the production and artistic direction of Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) and its founder and CEO, Dr. Anya Grokhovski. Under MBAW’s leadership, the competition has undergone a visionary transformation to incorporate innovative partnerships with internationally renowned artists, newly commissioned work for piano and world instruments, and a world music repertoire outside the classical canon. In 2018 the Gurwitz was accepted as a member of the prestigious Geneva, Switzerland-based World Federation of International Music Competitions, putting the competition squarely in the world spotlight. For the Gurwitz 2020, a panel of distinguished judges led by Jury Chairman Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, selected 12 finalists from a field of 76 applicants hailing from 21 nations. From this field, three achieved the honor of being finalists: Jiale Li from People’s Republic of China, Yedam Kim from South Korea, and Leonardo Colafelice from Italy. These incredibly talented young pianists represent the future of world-class piano, demonstrating extraordinary skill, artistry, and versatility across a variety of formats and styles, celebrating cultural diversity. Photo provided by artists.

Additional information



Contact name

Elena Portnaya

Contact address

23705 IH-10 West Suite 101 San Antonio TX 78257

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Public performance

$2500 – $3500

School performance

$500 – $1200

Workshop fees

$500 – $1200

Travel per diem lodging

$800 – $2200


San Antonio


Special audiences

Festivals, People with disabilities, Schools, Seniors

School audiences


Venue size

Larger, Medium, Unplugged, Very Large

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