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2023 Artciál International Piano Competition

Houston, TX Division

The 2023 San Francisco Artciál International Piano Competition welcomes all pianists in different ages globally!

Final Round Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music & Online

The 2023 AIPC is thrilled to announce that we will have an online + In-Person competition this year from May to August. 

Applicants could choose either participate the competition in-person in different region, or could choose to participate online, which need to submit unedited recordings of their repertoire. 

The total prize for the 2023 competition will exceed $10000 US


Rice University -
The Shepherd School of Music

Application Deadline: April 30th, 2023

Competition Date: May 19-20, 2023

Competition Location: Rice University 

The Shepherd School of Music



Houston Division Jury


Ningjialu Liu

Houston Division Jury

New England Conservatory of Music

Yibing Zhang

Yibing Zhang is an experienced pianist with a passion for music and performing. He has established himself in the educational and professional music industries, building an active concert career and forming strong relationships with stakeholders, conductors, customers, and fellow musicians. 

Yibing has received recognition and accolades in various international competitions. He won the 2018 Frances Walton Competition in the United States and embarked on nearly 30 statewide tours in East Washington State. Additionally, he secured the first prize in the 2017 Dallas International Piano Competition, the silver medal in the 2017 International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition, the Discretionary Award in the 2017 Wideman International Piano Competition, and the silver medal in the 2015 Young Texas Artist Competition.

In addition to his performance career, Yibing has made significant contributions to the field of piano through academic achievements and journal articles. His articles have been published in renowned publications such as Art Panorama, Hebei Pictorial, Ming Ri Feng Shang, and Xin Yu Wen Yi, covering topics ranging from finger aerobics in piano performance to the adaptation and performance of classical compositions.

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Richard Marshall

Houston Division Jury

DMA, Rice University

Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall made his orchestral debut at the age of sixteen with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. He has been the prize winner of many competitions, including the Junior Gina Bachauer International Competition. He has performed on prestigious stages throughout the United States, Europe, and China, including Abravanel Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Wortham Center.


He received his doctorate in piano performance from Rice University in the studio of Jon Kimura Parker. He currently teaches for the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory program of the Shepherd School at the Rice University, where he leads a studio of gifted and accomplished young pianists. 

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Zhu Zhu

 Houston Division Jury

Professor, Qingdao University School of Music

Zhu Zhu

Zhu Zhu has performed in numerous festivals and concert series, including the Gilmore Festival, the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center, and Musiqa concert series. Zhu Zhu graduated from the University of Michigan in the studio of Logan Skelton, where she received the Stanley Award as the most outstanding undergraduate student. She completed her Master and Doctoral degrees in piano performance from the Shepherd School of Music in the studio of Dr. Robert Roux. While at Rice she won the Shepherd School concerto competition and performed with the Shepherd School Symphony orchestra. Zhu Zhu was one of the two Rice University graduate students awarded the Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship for outstanding achievement and promise. She is currently the director of Kawai Music School and International Neoarts Foundation. She is also the Distinguished Professor at Qingdao University School of Music. 

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