Carmel Klavier Competition 2019

In Conjunction with the AAMF

2019 marked the second year of collaboration between the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition for Young Artists and the Azerbaijan American Music Foundation. Once again, the AAMF proudly supported and sponsored the music of the eminent Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev at the competition's contemporary division.

The AAMF's publication of "Selected Piano Works" of Gara Garayev was presented as the competition's official publication. Garayev's selected oeuvre's collection carries a historical significance as the first American publication of the composer's piano works.

Henry Shao

Between June 26, 2019 - June 30, 2019, the 6th Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition for Young Artists opened its doors to participants worldwide, including China, Colombia, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Italy, and the USA. The competition's mission is to recognize and nurture young talents to reach their highest potential by providing performance opportunities at a renowned concert venue and offering educational masterclasses, lessons, and workshops with world-class musicians. The awards ceremony and the Winners' Concert took place on June 30 at the Palladium, a beautifully designed concert venue located at the heart of Carmel's city.  
Recipients of the special Gara Garayev Award of Excellence and a monetary prize of the 6th Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition for Young Artists became Daniel Liu, Matthew Scott, and Henry Shao. Montgomery Moore, Carson Aday, Ipek Kara, and Mira Pomal received honorable mentions. The "Garayev program" of the competition included his piano preludes from the cycle of 24 Preludes (C minor, A major, D minor, G# minor); intermediate level pieces such as "The Rain," "Intrusive Thought," and "In the Mountains," and pieces from the "Children's Album" comprised of the "Reverie" & "The Jolly Game."

Additional Photos


Matthew Scott performing "Sketch" | Daniel Liu performing Preludes No. 6, 7 and 18 from 14 Preludes | Mira Pomal performing “The Rain”