Photo by Joe David & Claudette Brown
Hiroaki Taniguchi, WIPAC Grand Prize Winner
Hiroaki Taniguchi, WIPAC Grand Prize Winner

Written by guest contributor Joe David


The ornate, French-style grand ballroom of the Cosmos Club came alive with music last Sunday; it was the piano music of some of the world’s greatest masters – Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, and more. For over three hours, the ballroom filled with beautiful sonatas, nocturnes, rhapsodies, interpreted by six talented, amateur pianists. Each of these finalists performed their music with peak skill in hopes of winning one of the three top prizes provided by Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC). For three days, leading up to the Sunday events, 23 talented aspiring winners from around the world competed for the grand prize. Of the 23, only six were selected for the final round on Sunday at the Cosmos Club.


The Festival of Music 2017, which has become an annual WIPAC event in Washington for the past fifteen years, has been providing new opportunity for talented pianists from around the world with dreams of bringing their music to the American stage. “Considerable time has been dedicated to preparing for each festival, but the results have always been well worth it,” Clayton Eisinger, WIPAC president, said. “Thanks to the hard work of Chateau and John Gardecki, the annual festival has been enhancing the lives of our community since inception by bringing joy to its participants and its many attendees.”


2 Comments For This Article

Jan Du Plain

One of Washington's wonderful musical programs! Thank you Janet Donovan and Georgetown Dish!

chateau gardecki

It was great event with two ambassadors (Malta and Bulgaria) and 23 pianists from 3 continents, giving credence to WIPAC mission of "promoting mutual understanding and international friendship among nations." Amazing!

thank you Joe, Jan and Janet!