2022 The Sixth NTD International Piano Competition Winners

The 6th NTD International Piano Competition (NIPC) was held at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Pianists from over 20 countries across four continents met in united calling to revive the glory of classical music. Thirteen made it to the semi-finals, and six advanced as finalists.
Category Name
Gold Award Antonii Baryshevskyi (Ukraine)
Silver Award Jiusi Zhang (China)
Bronze Award Evangeliya Delizonas-Khukhua (Russia)
Best Rendition Award of The Commissioned Composition Jiusi Zhang (China)
Outstanding Performance Award
Aruth Masrangsan (Thailand)
Yung-Yi Chen (Taiwan)
Trinity Goff (US)
Honorable Mention Award Aron Alakmeh (Switzerland)
Boris Krivoshein (Russia)
Carolina Danise (Italy)
Ilya Ramlav (Russia)
Maria Narodytska (Ukraine)
Tiago Rosario (Portugal)
Xizhu Liang (China)

‘The Sacred Journey’: A Monumental Challenge Awaits Pianists of the NTD International Piano Competition

After interruption by a global pandemic and a war, the 6th NTD International Piano Competition is fast approaching, and participating pianists are set to receive the much-awaited commissioned piece that serves as the centerpiece of the competition.

Shen Yun composer and pianist Qin Yuan arranged the commissioned piece for the 6th NTD International Piano Competition. (Courtesy of Qin Yuan)

On Sept. 15, pianists will see the work “The Sacred Journey” for the first time. They have 45 days to prepare for this monumental challenge, which will be played in the semi-final round.

Since 2016, the competition has made a special effort to commission a piano arrangement of a piece by D. F., the artistic director of Shen Yun Performing Arts, a world renowned music and dance company that has led the way in the revival of traditional Chinese culture through the arts.

The piano piece was arranged by Qin Yuan, a composer and piano accompanist with Shen Yun. Qin is a prolific composer with notable expertise in delivering the melodies and rhythms of ancient Chinese music through the language of classical music as it was established in the West. Many musicians around the world have tried their hand at combining the musical traditions of the East and West, but none so successfully as Shen Yun, which has wowed millions the world over with its unique compositions and orchestrations.

In past years, jury members have advised pianists to study Shen Yun’s music as they prepare the commissioned piece, as the work is given special weight. Classical music with a Chinese flavor is not common in competitions, at least not nearly as often as French, Russian, Polish, or the Austrian school—so established in the repertoire that a general listener can recognize their origin after a few bars, and a musician can explain why exactly that is so.

The special works commissioned by the NTD International Piano Competition receive acclaim from listeners and pianists alike; during the semi-final round both are often moved to tears. Perhaps it is also stirring to hear new, serious literature for the piano. When Beethoven expanded the repertoire with the Hammerklavier, he wrote that this could occupy pianists for the next 50 years, underestimating the zeal of composers of future centuries. Yet too few composers, even great composers, have added to the canon of great classical piano literature, but today the NTD International Piano Competition is making the effort.

“The Sacred Journey”—vast, virtuosic, and pianistic— is a work well worth the effort and study. Like other works of NTD’s commissioned works it serves to promote the pure authenticity, pure goodness, and pure beauty of traditional arts, and showcase the glory of piano masterpieces from the 250-year golden period of piano literature.

“There’s a common saying that the piano itself is a small orchestra, with its expansive range, expressivity, and dynamics, it’s a very fitting instrument for this undertaking,” Qin said.

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About Us


The New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD Television) “International Piano Competition” is one in a series of international cultural and arts events sponsored by NTD Television. The mission of this competition is to promote traditional arts of pure authenticity, pure goodness, and pure beauty, bring back the glory of piano masterpieces from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods.

The competition’s commitment to artistic excellence is a means to allow the 250-year legacy of piano literature to continue to flourish. We believe this repertoire is a treasure of mankind and should be passed onto future generations to come.


The competition was established in 2008 by NTD Television. As the largest Chinese media group outside of the mainland, we disseminate traditional culture to audiences around the world through television, newspapers, magazines, websites and social media. Semifinal and Final of the competition will be broadcasted through live stream video on the Internet. The recording of the competition will be edited into a TV special to broadcast on NTD’s TV network.

Commissioned Composition

It is our great honor to be permitted to select and rearrange one of the vocal pieces composed by world-renowned composer and Artistic Director of Shen Yun Performing Arts – D. F. – to be this competition’s Commissioned Composition. Pianists who make it to the semi-finals will have the opportunity to perform this specially commissioned composition. A “Best Rendition Award of the Commissioned Composition” is established for the competition.

Inheriting the characteristics of the Music of Shen Yun, the Commissioned Composition features the perfect harmony of Eastern and Western classical music. The Western piano serves as a foundation, accentuating the distinct sound of Chinese classical music. The bedrock of soul-stirring melodies from the ancient Middle Kingdom is fully brought to life by a Western instrument, the piano. The perfect harmony of Eastern and Western classical music is what makes the Commissioned Composition unique.

About NTD

New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television is world’s first independent, non-profit Chinese-language TV broadcaster.

Founded in New York City in 2001 by Chinese Americans, NTD has since grown to be the largest Chinese TV network in North America, available via satellite, cable, and over-the-air channels. NTD serves more than 100 million people around the world.

NTD News, our flagship program, strives to provide insightful coverage of China with the highest ethical standards, providing a truthful, uncensored alternative to state-run Chinese media in Chinese and a dozen other languages.

NTD has also gained an international reputation for its multi-faceted educational and entertainment programs. We bring together the finest in both Eastern and Western cultures, and has been a leader in promoting traditional arts and culture.

Beyond our TV programming, NTD organizes and sponsors a range of performances, arts exhibitions, public forums, and outreach programs. NTD is the organizer of a series of Global Competitions, including Classical Chinese Dance, Martial Arts, Oil Painting and Piano Competitions. NTD is the proud sponsor of world-renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts and Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra.


GOLD: $10,000

SILVER: $6,000

BRONZE: $3,000


Congratulations to all 2022 WINNERS!

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