2014 Princeton Festival Piano Competition Finalists

The competition will be judged by two professional pianists/teachers appointed by Festival Director Gregory J. Geehern.

  • The adjudicators will only know each artist’s video via an assigned number until the master of ceremonies announces the winners in June 2022.
  • The adjudicators reserve the right to declare no winner in any category.
  • The adjudicators’ decisions are final and may not be challenged.


Caroline Hong, adjudicatorKorean-American pianist Caroline Hong continues to flourish in her career as an internationally active performer, masterclass teacher, and jury member of piano competitions. To that end, this season takes her to Boston University, Manhattan School of Music, UCLA, and numerous other organizations and institutions of higher learning as an Artist-Teacher and adjudicator. She has served as jury member for the Bartok-Kabalevsky International Piano Competition and Aarhus International Piano Competition among others. Currently, she is professor and area head for the Piano Area at The Ohio State University School of Music. Her training is from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (BM), the Juilliard School (MM), and Indiana University (DM). She attended the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara) as a student of Jerome Lowenthal, where she won the concerto competition, and the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy where her work was broadcast live. 

Joanne Polk, adjudicatorPianist Joanne Polk was catapulted into the public eye with her recordings of the complete piano works of American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944) on the Arabesque Recordings label. Her CD Songs of Amy Beach was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2014, she was named as one of Musical America’s Top 30 Professionals of the Year. Her profile focused on her work promoting the music of women composers. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from The Juilliard School, and her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Manhattan School of Music. She has given master classes at many summer festivals and universities across the country, and in 2018 completed a five-city, three-week concert and master class tour of Taiwan and China. Joanne Polk is a member of the piano faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and is an exclusive Steinway artist. www.joannepolkpianist.com.

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