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Deborah Kahan Competition



Congratulations to the winners of the 39th Deborah Kahan Competition!

String Division


First Place Winner and Judges' Special Award

Robert Mays ( cello)


Second Place Winner

Talya Hadari (cello)


Third Place Winner

Isabella Maiani ( violin)


Piano Division

Judges Special Award Winner 

Abigail Chang


First Place Winners

Abigail Chang

Mirah Chang

Aidan Guo

Giora Nadav

Benjamin Vaculin

Mihal Vaculin

Leo Daniel White

Olivia Whee


Teachers of Winners

Kumiko Imamura, Andrea Mills, Dan Nadav, Vered Reznik, Susan Robison, Sarah Smale



Competition Date: Sunday, January 28th


Winner's recital: Saturday, February 10th 

Registration Date: Saturday, January 6th

Competition Location: Hiroko Dutton's house ( 115  Acre View Drive, Stamford)

Winner's Concert Location: Wilton Library ( 150 Ridgefield Road, Wilton)

Co-chairs: Hiroko Dutton and Kumiko Imamura ( (Hiroko Dutton and Kumiko Imamura, chairs,



  Piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar; soloists, duos, or any combination of piano and strings.  Students must be between the age of 6 and 18.



Age 12 and over: One to two contrasting pieces in period and style in Classic standard repertoire.

Age 12 and under: Two contrasting pieces in period and style in Classic standard repertoire

Arrangements, transcriptions, abridgements, simplified versions, hymns, and popular folk songs are not permitted.


Length, Time Limit 

        Age 6-7      6 minutes

               8-9      7 minutes

               10-11   8 minutes

               12-13   9 minutes

               14-15  10 minutes

               16-18  11minutes

If an entrant’s repertoire exceeds the time limit, the judge will stop the performance without any penalty when the limit has been reached.


Application Procedures

One teacher may enter up to 6 students. Applications are not accepted from parents. Applications should include the following: 

1. Completed application forms (teacher's name, address, phone, email address, student’s name, age, birth date, piece title, composer’s name with first initial, duration of each piece) 

2. Proof of birth (a copy of passport or birth certificate) 

3. Non Refundable fees (one check, written  by the teacher, paid to CSMTA Fairfield Chapter)

4. Signed form of photograph release by parent (included in the pdf at the bottom of these guidelines)


Mailing Address  

    Kumiko Imamura, 20 West Main Street C104, Norwalk, CT 06861


Application Fee

     CSMTAFC members... $50 per student.  

      Non members ….$60 per student,  plus additional teacher entrance fee $60

      Payable to CSMTA Fairfield chapter. Fees are not refundable.


Audition Procedure

1. Teachers will be informed a week before  the competition date of the exact audition time for each  student.

2. The format is that of a private audition. Because of  everyone’s safety, we suggest only one parent, who is asked to wait at the building’s entrance hall. 

3. Each student will have a minute to try out the piano before their division begins. The tryout will be supervised by an assigned supervising member; teachers will not be allowed to be present. There will be no exceptions to this rule. 

4. The student must supply for the judges either one hard copy of an original score, or a computer- generated one from a source such as Ismlp, Carl Fischer CD, PianoStreet. com, Werner Icking Music Archives, Musicalion.

4. Winners are determined by the judges, and are invited to perform one selection chosen by the judges at the Winners Circle Concert to be held online on February 6th at 3pm.

5. Judges’ decision is final.

6.  For the sake of safety, each live performance this year will be professionally recorded at the competition by a third party.  These videos will be used for later broadcast in the Winners’ Recital, in lieu of an in-person concert.  They will not be shared individually. 

7. Mask wearing is recommended.



Please write to, if you have questions

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