The Gurwitz International Piano Competition seeks to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the globe while bridging the art of classical piano with world music and culture. San Antonio-based Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) presents this prestigious competition every four years. It is one of only three US-based international piano competitions with a Federation of International Music Competitions membership. Along with standard concert repertoire, these pianists must have demonstrated their versatility by performing music rooted in their native cultures and works by Spanish and Latin composers, celebrating San Antonio’s cultural heritage. Out of 76 entries, 12 contestants were selected to compete. Of these, three receive the honor of being finalists. 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. 2020 Finalists were Jiale Li from People’s Republic of China, Yedam Kim from South Korea, and Leonardo Colafelice from Italy. 2024 Finalists are YungYung Guo from People’s Republic of China, Tatiana Dorokhova from Russia, and Young Sun Choi from South Korea. Finalists will be available for bookings for concert halls, festivals, schools, churches, and other public event spaces of all sizes. Photo by Robert Michaelson.

Additional information



Contact name

Elena Portnaya

Contact address

23705 IH-10 West Suite 101 San Antonio TX 78257

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Phone 2

Public Performance

$2, 500 – $5, 000

School performance

$500 – $2, 000

Workshop fees

$500 – $2, 000

Travel per diem lodging

$1, 500 – $5, 000


San Antonio


Special audiences

Festivals, Hands-on activities, Libraries, People with disabilities, Schools, Seniors

School audiences

Elementary, High, Middle

Venue size

Larger, Medium, Smaller, Unplugged, Very Large

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