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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

Director of the Houston Division

DMA, University of Cincinnati

Ningjialu Liu

Ningjialu Liu made her concerto debut at the age of seventeen with the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra playing Schumann Concerto in A minor. She has been prize winner of many competitions, including pianoTexas Young Artist Concerto Competition; Houston Symphony Ima Hogg competition; David D. Dubois Piano competition; “Liszt Memorial Prizes” Hong Kong- International Piano Competition; Steinway & Sons Youth Competition. Ningjialu Liu graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory in the studio of Peter Takács. She completed her master’s degree from New England Conservatory in the studio of Victor Rosenbaum. She’s currently a doctoral candidate at the Cincinnati Conservatory of music under the guidance of Awadagin Pratt. While at CCM she won the concerto competition and performed with CCM philharmonic Orchestra. She
has also performed Saint-Saëns Concerto No.2 with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Florence Price Concerto with Texas Medical Center Orchestra. Beside her soloist career, she serves as Artist in Residence at Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra Music Festival and the core pianist at the CCM Starling preparatory program.

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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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