“There are many piano competitions in the world, some more famous than others. To me, what makes the International Russian Music Piano Competition unique and wonderful is the spirit of its organizers, staff, and volunteers. Very rarely have I seen the same kind of altruism and utter dedication, the enthusiasm and love for music, and for young musicians. At the IRMPC, the goal is to make contestants feel at home, to provide the best possible environment for them to show their talent. I experience this every year coming to San Jose. We all try and help foster talent, encourage it, promote it, reward it, with fairness, integrity, and respect for all the participants and their effort. All of us, contestants, audience and judges alike at the IRMPC, feel like better people after every edition of the competition. It takes a lot of love for music and selflessness to put this event together, and for us music lovers, it's a true joy.”

- Antonio Pompa-Baldi, internationally acclaimed concert pianist and President of the Jury, International Russian Music Piano Competition


"We are so fortunate to have the International Russian Music Piano Competition right here in San Jose.  An organization of the highest caliber, this annual event showcases some of the world's most talented young pianists.  I encourage you to attend and revel in the music (not all Russian!) and the competitive excitement.  In doing so, you will support the performing arts in San Jose and help make this a cultural capital of Northern California.

Jon Nakamatsu, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist


“Since 2000, San Jose has had the good fortune of hosting the International Russian Music Piano Competition.  The annual age-group competitions that are organized and carried out so beautifully attract the very best young pianistic talent nationally and internationally, and a number of my own students have benefited enormously from preparing and participating in them.  The IRMPC also sponsors a variety of recitals throughout the year, performed by both seasoned artists and gifted young Bay Area pianists.  All of this contributes to making a grateful San Jose one of the important music centers of the western United States.”

- Hans Boepple, Professor of Music at Santa Clara University, California and concert pianist


“Compared with the numerous piano competitions our daughter attended in local, statewide and internationally, International Russian Music Piano Competition was our favorite one! This competition provides an excellent environment and opportunity to allow almost all piano lovers to show their talents from age 6 to adult across the world. The contestants are very friendly, and have more chances to learn and perform in the concert environment with the events and activities including winner’s concert, award ceremony and reception, gala concerts, master classes, student recitals, community concerts and home series concerts in addition to the competitions. Our family really likes and enjoys this great yearly event!”

- John Li, Father of Jessica Li, IRMPC 2012 Silver Medalist, Young Musician’s category 


“We feel very fortunate to have  IRMPC in our community. My son had a great time competing in front of world class judges at the acoustically superb Le Petit Trianon hall. The competition is well organized and very nurturing for young pianists.”

- Fukuko Kitano, Mother of Hugo Kitano, IRMPC 2010 Gold Medalist, Intermediate Category



“This is an exciting competition of young pianists coming from all over the world to perform here in San Jose at the International Russian Music Piano Competition.  I have been attending this event for the last 10 years and enjoy it more every year.  These youthful pianists demonstrate amazing keyboard prowess from countless hours of practice; their artistic interpretations of familiar piano classics is fascinating to hear, and at times quite moving.  It’s inspiring to see the level of performance, infectious enthusiasm, and the interest in classical literature manifest by these young talented musicians.  The competition is truly an entertaining and rewarding experience … and is free to the public!  I highly recommend experiencing these engaging performances at this enjoyable annual event.”

- Peter Jacobs, Sponsor and Loyal Attendee