Gabrielle Chou at the 6th Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition

We are pleased to report that Gabrielle Chou won a Silver Medal at the 6th Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition held at the Herberger Institute School of Music at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

Forty-two outstanding pianists from around the globe were in the competition from 6 to 13 Janaury 2013. The 6th Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitions was held in collaboration with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Young Artist Committee, Bösendorfer, Yamaha, and the Arizona Piano Gallery. The competition is considered one of the best in the world.

A total of 198 pianists from 31 countries applied to compete. The 42 selected by a screening committee competed in the semi-final and final rounds for prizes including over $50,000 of cash awards, engagements with the Phoenix Symphony, and recital performances in the United States, Austria and Germany for the winners.

With Martha Argerich, Sergei Babayan and other great pianists on the panel of judges this year, the competition level was very high.

We’re very pleased that Gabrielle did a great job, won the 2nd place (silver medal), and made a lot of new friends/fans.

The video is Gabrielle’s final round performance at the competition. After recital, Martha Argerich wrote to Gabrielle “I was very touched by your music making and so natural beautiful playing!”

Gabrielle’s performance included:

1st in the program – Rachmaninoff: Moment Musicaux, Op. 16, No. 4 in E minor
2nd in the program – Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”

For more information about Gabrielle, visit her website:

For a little perspective, this is Gabrielle in 2007 during her performance for the American Ideal III.

American Ideal is a program initiated by Coral Gables Opera to showcase young artists and help them gain exposure. The 2012 edition of American Ideal needs sponsors. Please contact Bella Griffith-Smith by email: BSArgonauta at