This year's Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition at University of the Pacific took place on Sunday, Jan. 28. Since the 1970s, this event has drawn exceptionally talented young pianists from around California.

All high school students in California are eligible to enter except for former first prize winners and students of judges. Finalists are chosen through a process of video-recorded auditions and invited to University of the Pacific to play in live auditions. 


Contestants prepared three solo works representing three of the following style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Impressionist/Contemporary. Works by underrepresented composers were strongly encouraged.

Competition procedures

Contestants were evaluated in a preliminary recorded round consisting of two of the three selected works. Approximately 15-18 pianists were invited to the University of the Pacific campus for the live auditions on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024.

Application fee: $75
Application deadline: December 16, 2023

Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition
2024 Winners

First prize: Meining Wu 

Second prize: Tyler Chew

Third prize: Dylan Hall 

Special prize for underrepresented composer: Mina Baba

Honorable Mention: Oliver Corro

Honorable Mention: Katelyn Deng

Honorable Mention: Dylan Nguyen

Honorable Mention: Connie Huang

Zeiter Piano Competition Winners 2024
Contestant at Zeiter Piano Competition
Competition Prizes
  • First prize: $1000 
  • Second prize: $750 
  • Third prize: $500
  • Special prize for best performance of a work by an underrepresented composer: $300
  • Honorary mention plus master class performance: $100

9:00 a.m. Registration (Buck Hall)

10:00 a.m. Auditions (Recital Hall)

12:00 p.m. Lunch (DeRosa University Center)

1:15 p.m. Auditions

3:00 p.m. Refreshments (Buck Hall)

3:30 p.m. Presentation by Jessica Siena, Director of Conservatory Admissions (Recital Hall)

4:00 p.m. Master Classes by Dr. Sonia Leong and Dr. Natsuki Fukasawa (Recital Hall)

5:20 p.m. Announcement of Awards