Hantao Li and Mengfei Xu, Ithaca College international students studying at the School of Music, recently traveled to Oakland, California to compete in the 20th United States Open Music Competition. An annual competition held since 1992, the competition was held from February 20-26th this year. Hantao Li, Performance/Saxophone (MM), won the Instrumental Concerto (Diamond division) and Mengfei Xu, Performance/Piano (MM) won the Piano Treasury of Baroque (Advanced division).

On February 25th and 26th the winners from various divisions, 5 concerts in total, perform together at the conference.  Hantao was chosen as one of the five outstanding winners among 26 winners at the highest level winner concert, held on the final day.  Both students were honored with golden medals, certificates and cash prizes.  Congratulations on this prestigious honor! 

About the Competition
Since 1992, The United States Open Music Competition has promoted the best of classical treasury among young musicians through our annual piano competition events and is committed to expanding the competition to include all aspects of classical repertoire in solo, duet, ensemble, and concerto events.

The USOMC is dedicated to creating an environment where local, national and international students of all levels strive to achieve musical excellence.

With our diverse and comprehensive event programming—ranging from open solos to pianistic merits, focusing on sight reading and accompaniment—we continue to grow from increasing public support while also maintaining the high quality of a top-notch piano competition.