The "10th Anniversary"  "Dennis Alexander Piano Competition" is scheduled to take place in Albuquerque at the New Mexico School of Music on Saturday, March 7th, 2020. 


It is the "brainchild" of Dr. Tatiana Vetrinskaya, the Director of the New Mexico School of Music, who felt that young pianists in the state needed an opportunity to showcase their extraordinary talent. This competition is open to young pianists who range from 7 through 15 years old, and is the only piano competition of its kind named after an internationally renowned educational composer.


The response from teachers, audience, and participants from past years has met with so much enthusiasm and support that the competition has become an annual event! 

For the 10th Dennis Alexander Piano Competition, I will be again be serving as Artistic Director and would like to cordially welcome all of our young pianists, their parents, teachers and enthusiastic supporters to this unique and inspiring event!  Our goal is to inspire every single young pianist to constantly strive to improve their performance by taking part in a competition that fosters positive feedback and written comments from all three of our superb judges.  In addition, every participant receives not only the comments, but in addition goes home with a medal, a beautiful certificate and a piece of music signed by me.  The judges will also pick one student in each category who will be recognized with the "Best Performance" of a Dennis Alexander Composition".  A special cash prize of $300 (The Mary Israel Artistry Award) will be given to an outstanding student in Category IV.    In addition, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners each receive a cash award, along with a trophy and will be featured in the "Winner's Concert" held on Sunday afternoon, March 8th, 3:00 p.m., at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa Ave. NE.  The concert is open to the public with no admission charge.  Tatiana and I look forward to seeing you on March 7th!

Warm regards,

Dennis Alexander

Artistic Director, Dennis Alexander Piano Competition