Festival Competition

2018 Instrumental Collaborative Piano Festival Competition

Masterclass Performers and Lesson Participants are invited to audition for the festival competition on Monday, June 25, during the festival.

The 2018 winner will perform the Mendelssohn Piano Trio in d minor, Op. 49 with Dennis O’Boyle and Anne Martindale-Williams, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, during the faculty recital on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.  There will also be a monetary prize for the 2018 winner.

To apply for the competition, please select “Festival Competition Entry” on the registration page. There is no fee to enter, but all students must register prior to June 10, 2018 to receive an audition time during the festival.


Anne Martindale Williams

Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979.  Throughout her tenure with the orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.  Williams was soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Pittsburgh premiere of The Giving Tree conducted by composer, Lorin Maazel.  Last season, she was featured in the Carnegie Hall and the Pittsburgh Symphony premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand.

She has also collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Andre Previn, the Emerson Quartet, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Pinchas Zuckerman in numerous chamber music performances.  She made her London debut performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, Andre Previn conducting.  Her solo in The Swan on the Pittsburgh Symphony’s recording of Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens was described by Grammophon critic Edward Greenfield as “…the most memorable performance of all.”

Mrs. Williams divides her time between the orchestra, teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and solo and chamber music performances in America and Europe.She has appeared in several nationally televised productions including Concertos, produced by the BBC and Previn and the Pittsburgh, produced by WQED.  She has given masterclasses at many universities and festivals throughout the country, including The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the New World Symphony in Miami, Aspen, Credo at Oberlin College and the Masterworks Festival.  She also has performed at many of America’s prestigious summer music festivals including Aspen, Caramoor, Skaneateles, Maui, Rockport Festivals in Massachusetts and Maine, Grand Teton, Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Orcas Island, and Mainly Mozart in San Diego.  For many years she has enjoyed performing throughout the country with her Piano Trio, which includes her good friends Andres Cardenes and David Deveau.

She was the proud recipient of the Carlow University, Women of Spirit National Award, and the Celebrate and Share Women of Achievement Award.

Williams is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Orlando Cole  Her Tecchler cello was made in Rome in 1701.

Dennis O'Boyle

Dennis O’Boyle joined the sescond violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony in the fall of 2000, and is currently Assistant Principal Second Violin.

Since arriving in Pittsburgh, Mr. O’Boyle has been active in the musical life of the city.  Recent notable appearances include: an appearance with trumet great Sean Jones and the Attack Theater dance company performing Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat on Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s concert series; a solo performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony of Lutoslawski’s Partita; guest appearances at faculty recitals at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities; and frequent performances in Musicians of the PSO-sponsored outreach events.  Mr. O’Boyle also teaches privately and coaches the violins of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra.  During the summer he attends the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming.

Mr. O’Boyle holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music.  He lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife, Anna Wukich, and their two sons, Henry and Michael.