Welcome to the official website of the Louisiana International Piano Competition! The Louisiana International Piano Competition (LIPC) staged its first initial event in October 2005, in Alexandria, Louisiana, under the artistic directing of Nikita Fitenko. This first effort in producing a superior world-class cultural offering was wildly successful. The local community and the citizens of Louisiana began anticipating future competitions even before the last piano note was heard, Thanks to the efforts of its numerous volunteers, the LIPC has grown into a renowned event providing Central Louisiana and the world (through live, online video-streaming) with the opportunity to hear spectacular classical music, meet and host international classical pianists, and showcase the culture-rich area.
Major corporate supporters include the Huie-Dellmon Trust, Murphy Oil, Caroline and Jim Theus, The Martin Foundation, Coughlin-Saunders Foundation, Virginia Martin Howard Foundation, Greater Alexandria Economic Development Association, Yamaha International and Red River Music. Louisiana College hosts the Junior Level Competition. Through the generous donations of The Virginia Martin Howard Foundation, the LIPC's partner system, the Tour of Champions, endeavors to bring classical music to schools, libraries, and other venues during the competition's down time by bringing back some of the competitors for performances.
The LIPC attracts the world’s most promising young concert artists and is the “brain-child” of the distinguished concert artist and educator Nikita Fitenko; his inspired vision brought enormous support from other music professionals and volunteers.
Part of the competition’s appeal is its Southern hospitality; many of its former competitors remain in contact with their host families and competition organizers to this day. In addition to the warm welcome, its attention to detail and focus on integrity at every turn combine to make the LIPC an fair and enjoyable event to remember.
The Competition will again be centered at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, which houses a concert-grand Yamaha piano.