Bachauer Foundation

The Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition began as the Brigham Young University Summer Piano Festival and International Competition hosted by Brigham Young University as part of the Summer Piano Festival for a five-year period (1976-1980). The name of Gina Bachauer was given to the competition in honor of the great Greek pianist who was a celebrated favorite of Utah audiences and appeared with Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony in concert during eight subscription concerts. In 1980, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition relocated to Salt Lake City under the patronage of the Utah Symphony and in 1986 became an independent 501(c)(3) Fine Arts Non-Profit entity.

The mission of Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation is to further the pianistic art, foster excellence in performance and teaching, develop opportunities for pianists beyond the scope of the organization and offer leadership in developing a musically-educated citizenry. By holding international piano competitions, solo recitals, and educational sessions, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation aims to promote and perpetuate the pianistic art by:

  • Enriching the community by providing significant musical experiences for audiences and performers;
  • Building an artistic/educational environment that will educate musicians and non-musicians to a higher caliber of performances and appreciation;
  • Recognizing and encouraging superb artistry and assisting career development of deserving young pianists
With a well-established reputation as an internationally recognized piano organization, The Bachauer Foundation sponsors competitions, festivals, concerts series and educational activities rotating on a four-year cycle:
2013

  • International Piano Concert Series
  • Music-in-Our-Schools, reaching 25,000 students annually
  • International Piano Festival

2014

  • International Piano Concert Series
  • Music-in-Our-Schools, reaching 25,000 students annually
  • International Artists Piano Competition (ages 19-32)

2015

  • International Piano Concert Series
  • Music-in-Our-Schools, reaching 25,000 students annually
  • International Piano Festival

2016

  • International Piano Concert Series
  • Music-in-Our-Schools, reaching 25,000 students annually
  • International Junior Piano Competition (ages 11-14)
  • International Young Artists Piano Competition (ages 15-18)
 
In its 35 year history, the Bachauer has achieved extraordinary results:
 
International Piano Competitions, Piano Festivals, and Educational Events
  • 15 Artists International Competitions (ages 19-32)
  • 4 Junior International Competitions ((ages 11-13)
  • 1 Amateur International Competition (ages 33-100)
  • 2 International Piano Ensemble competitions (all ages)
  • 24 International Piano Festivals (all ages)

>Prizes Awarded

  • 11 grand pianos have been presented to Gold Medalists
  • 4 studio pianos have been presented to Junior Gold Medalists
  • Cash prizes totaling more than $430,000 have been awarded to more than 150 laureates

>By the numbers…

  • More than 350,000 students have heard a Bachauer concert artist recital, performed on a grand piano in their own school as part of our Music-In-Our-Schools educational program.
  • More than 1000 pianists have participated as competitors in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions.
  • Over 5800 pianists have auditioned in more than 25 cities worldwide for the honor of participating in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions.
  • More than 250 distinguished artists/performers/teachers have served as members of the international juries of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions.
  • Over 275,000 people have attended events of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation during the month of June (from 1976-2010) in such outstanding venues as the deJong Concert Hall at BYU, Abravanel Hall, Assembly Hall on Temple Square, the Jewett Center at Westminster College, the Cathedral of the Madeleine, the Waterford School Concert Hall, Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah, and the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.
  • Over 3,000 volunteers have contributed to the management, operation, and ongoing success of Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation activities. More than 1200 Utah families have hosted a Gina Bachauer International Piano competitor for a period of more than two weeks providing transportation, room and board and un-comparable hospitality and support for the pianists.