2022 Youth Competition Winners!

October 19, 2022


This year’s annual Youth Piano Competition was held in Paso Robles on Saturday, October 15. Organized by the Paderewski Festival, the Competition auditions were followed by an extensive master class with Festival Artistic Director, Marek Zebrowski. Twelve participants from the Central Coast Region (including Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Fresno Counties) participated in the Junior Division (ages 10-14) and Senior Division (ages 15-18). The 2022 Youth Piano Competition winners include the following young musicians, who will receive diplomas and cash awards ranging from $100 to $750:


▪ Anya Albright (14), winner of the Paderewski Legacy Award and a student of Dr. Terry Spiller in Arroyo Grande.

▪ Ellen Butler (14), winner of the Third Place/Junior Division, and a student of Natasha Kislenko in Santa Barbara.

▪ Sela Yarbrough (12), winner of the Second Place/Junior Division, and a student of Andreas Werz in Fresno.

▪ Suri Kim (14), winner of the First Place/Junior Division, and a student of Dr. Lynne Garrett in Orcutt.

▪ Holly Hadsall (17), winner of the Third Place/Senior Division, and a student of Pascal Salomon in Santa Barbara.

▪ Andy Shen (16), winner of the Second Place/Senior Division, and a student of Alan Boehmer in San Luis Obispo.

▪ Alexander Chen (15), winner of the First Place/Senior Division, and a student of Andreas Werz in Fresno.


The 2022 Youth Competition winners will be featured in a recital at the historic Ballroom of the Paso Robles Inn on Saturday, November 5 at 4 p.m. during the Paderewski Festival. They will present works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Fryderyk Chopin, Claude Debussy, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Sergei Prokofiev. The admission is free and open to the public. The Award Ceremony will be held directly after the Winners’ Recital.


Other 2022 Paderewski Festival concerts include a concert of music for woodwind quintet by Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Tadeusz Szeligowski by the Cracow Golden Quintet on Friday, November 5. The pinnacle of Festival weekend will be the Gala Recital with pianist Jakub Kuszlik, in repertoire of solo piano works by Grażyna Bacewicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Fryderyk Chopin.


On Sunday, November 6, Friends of Paderewski and Paderewski Patrons only are invited to a private brunch and a special program, “All You Wanted to Know About Paderewski But Were Afraid to Ask,” presented at an exclusive venue in downtown Paso Robles featuring a spectacular new Steinway piano. Further details on this event will be made available to Festival Pass holders.


Event photos can be found on our instagram here

Ticket Details:

▪ Opening Concert (Friday, Nov. 4 | 7 p.m. wine reception, 7:30 p.m. concert)

$35 general public/ $25 seniors & students / $10 students under 18. Tickets at: www.eventbrite.com

▪ Youth Competition Winners’ Recital (Saturday, Nov. 5 | 4 p.m.): Free admission, RSVP required at: www.eventbrite.com

▪ Gala Concert (Saturday, Nov. 5 | 7 p.m. wine reception, 7:30 p.m. concert)

$40 general public/ $35 seniors & students / $15 students under 18. Tickets at: www.eventbrite.com


Festival Passes:

FRIENDS OF PADEREWSKI: $250. Includes priority seating at all events, a bottle of Epoch wine with an exclusive Paderewski Festival label, 2022 Festival T-shirt, a Gift Certificate for selected downtown Paso restaurants, and a Sunday private brunch with Opolo Vineyards sparkling wine and Paderewski-related music & lecture program.

PADEREWSKI PATRONS: $500. Includes all of the above benefits, plus a Paderewski opera poster (Warsaw’s Grand Theatre), Gala Artist’s autographed CD, and exclusive dinner with the Gala artist on Friday night.


The Paderewski Festival’s major sponsors and longtime partners include Epoch Estate Wines, Cass Winery, Park Ballroom/Acorn Management, Paso Robles Inn, Travel Paso, Tom and Kathleen Mass/Pear Valley Winery, LIBRETTO Lounge, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, Polish Cultural Institute in New York City, Poland’s National Institute of Music and Dance, Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the USC Polish Music Center.



For more information, please consult www.paderewskifest.com website, email paderewskifestpaso@gmail.com, or call 805.235.5409.

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