Yimeng Xu won the 2021 Puerto Rico International Collaborative Piano
Collegiate Competition. The competition was open to collaborative pianists
participating in the week long Puerto Rico Collaborative Piano Institute.
Competitors had a pre-screening round with submitted recordings of each
competitors collaborative work. All competitors were assigned repertoire
focusing on the mission of the Institute celebrating diverse repertoire focusing
on compositions by Latin American composers, composers of color, women and
the LGBTQ+ communities. Yimeng Xu performed with her flute partner, Paige
Michaud. Yimeng studies collaborative piano with Professor Haneline and Paige
Michaud is a student of Dr. Christie Beard.
The aim of the Puerto Rico Collaborative Piano Institute is to provide a high
quality, affordable, bi-lingual, international summer music festival for pianists
desiring to enhance their collaborative skills. In addition to our student track, we
offer amateur and professional tracks. The PRCPI is housed under the umbrella
of the Diaz del Moral Foundation and partners with its sister organizations the
Puerto Rico Summer Music Festival and the Puerto Rico Flute Symposium.
Together, these three organizations seek to advance under-represented musical
voices through our leadership, repertoire selections, workshop topics, and
location. In addition, the three organizations provide all concerts free of charge
to the local community in Puerto Rico.