October 19-24, 2015

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Congratulations, 2015 Louisiana Piano Competition Winners!

Nino Bakradze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia into a family of musicians. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Tbilisi V. Saradjishvili State Conservatory as a student of  Svetlana Korsantia. Ms. Bakradze completed a Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory with Alexander Korsantia in 2013, and a Professional Studies Certificate from The Boston Conservatory with Jonathan Bass in 2014.  She is currently enrolled in the DMA program in Piano Performance at the University of Arizona where she studies with Professor Tannis Gibson

Saetbyeol Kim, from South Korea, began her musical studies at the age of five. Ten years later she began taking part in several piano competitions in her home country, including the 40th Music Educational Competition (1st prize) and the Daegu 10th TBC Broadcast competition.

After a successful debut with the Pohang Philharmonic Orchestra, at the age of sixteen, she received the Talented Teenagers National Award in 2005. Ms. Kim won the 2015 Dallas International Competition, 2012 Rochester Philharmonic Concerto Competition and had two concerts with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She was invited as the guest artist to perform a solo recital at ‘Rising Star Concert’ at Texas State International Piano Festival (2014).

Saetbyeol completed her Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, where she holded an accompanying assistantship and served as the teaching assistant to her teacher, Enrico Elisi.

Saetbyeol is currently pursuing her Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory under Professor Marietta Orlov.


Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Yuri Noh began her musical studies on the piano at the age of five. She made her solo debut at age 14, performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has won prizes in numerous competitions in United States and Korea, including the 1st prize Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, Cleveland Instutite of Music Concerto Competition, Busan MBC Music Competition, Korea Times Music Competition, Samick-Seiler piano Competition, Seoul National University Concerto Competition. 

Ms. Noh has appeared as a soloist with a number of orchestras in Korea, including Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul National University Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition, she also performed on the Young Artist Recital Series for the Kumho Culture Foundation. She performed a solo recital as part of the 2011 International Academy of Music in Italy. Also, She had a solo recital in the Busan International Music Festival, Harvard Club of New York and Steinway Hall of New York.

Statement on Resignation of Juror

October 23, 2015
Due to a professional disagreement with the selection of competition finalists, one of our judges, Artur Pizarro has resigned from the distinguished jury of the 2015 Louisiana International Piano Competition.  His resignation has been accepted.
This is unprecedented in the six iterations of this competition, but we will award the top prizes of the competition as selected by the four remaining jurors.  We look forward to excellent final round performances and awarding prizes to our three worthy finalists.
Joshua Zona
Louisiana International Piano Competition Artistic Director

The Finalists


Saetbyeol Kim

Tchaikovsky - Concerto No. 1 in b minor, op. 23

Yuri Noh

Beethoven - Concerto No.5 in E-Flat, op. 73 "Emperor"

Nino Bakradze

Beethoven - Concerto No. 4 in G Major, op. 58

Click on the photos to read each finalist's full bio.

The Semifinalists!

The Semifinalists, from left to right: Gregory Wang, Nino Bakradze, Yuri Noh, Saetbyeol Kim, Hao Liu, Connie Kim-Sheng, Elisa D'Auria, Moye Chen

2015 Semifinalists

In order of performance, according to the original random drawing:

#3    Saetbyeol Kim    10:00 a.m.

#4    Connie Kim-Sheng  10:45 a.m.

#5    Moye Chen 11:45 a.m.

#8    Yuri Noh 2:00 p.m.

#12   Hao Liu 2:45 p.m.

#13   Nino Bakradze 3:45 p.m.

#15   Gregory Wang 6:30 p.m.

#16   Elisa D'Auria 7:15 p.m.

Once more, please see the detailed schedule for who is playing at exactly what time.
Congratulations to all competitors for their discipline, dedication, and love of music!

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