2021 Paderewski Youth Piano Competition Winners


Paderewski Festival Announces Winners of the 2021 Youth Competition

Paso Robles, CA- The Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles returns to live concerts open to the public in various venues in and around Paso Robles on November 5th-7th. Paderewski Patrons and Friends of Paderewski passes as well as general public tickets are available.

One of the most exciting Festial events each year is the Youth Piano Competition Winners' Recital, presenting talented young pianists from four Central California counties: Fresno, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. This year's audition wer held virtually and a total of 14 students submitted their videotaped entries to the Festival. There were 9 contestants in the Junior Division (ages 10-14) and 5 contestants in the Senior Division (ages 15-18). The jurors - India D'Avignon, Paul Woodring, and Marek Zebrowski, Paderewski Festival Artistic Director. Competing students ranged in age from 12-16. A total of seven students - three Juniors and four Seniors - were selected to perform live at the 2021 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles. Their recital will be held at Cass Winery (Tasting Room), 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles, California 93446.

The 2021 Youth Piano Competition finalists in the Junior Division are:

Third Place: Noelle Hadsall (13), a La Colina Junior High Student in Santa Barbara

Second Place: Sela Yarbrough (12), is a student at the Monarch River Academy and a pupil of Andreas Werz.

Top place honors in the Junior Division was awarded to Suri Kim (13), an eighth-grader from Orcutt Junior High and a student of Lynne Garrett since the age of five.

The 2021 Youth Piano Competition finalists in the Senior Division are:

Honorable Mention laureate in the Senior Division: Grace Hu (15), is a tenth-grader at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta and a student of Vera Kong.

Third Place: Andy Shen (15), a sophomore at San Luis Obispo County High School and a student of Alan Boehmer.

Second Place: Aidan Purtell (16), is a piano student of Andreas Werz and an eleventh-grader in Clovis Unified School District.

First Place Senior Division Winner: Holly Hadsall (16), (like her younger sister) is a student of Pascal Salomon and a junior at San Maracos High School in Santa Barbara.

For more information on the Saturday, November 6th recital program, click here.


Any questions should be directed to our Youth Piano Competition Coordinator Emma Levine.
She can be reached at ellevine@calpoly.edu or 818.398.7639