2008: Toy piano and Multimedia

1st UnCaged: Toy Piano and Electronics/Multimedia

1st UnCaged Toy Piano Competition (2007-8)

Winner: Georg Hajdu “Tsunami” for toy piano and live-electronics

2nd Place:Angelica Negron “Columpio” for toy piano and live-electronics

3rd Place: Jeff Morris “Chromatic Greys” for toy piano and live-electronics

The competition is seeking:
1. works for solo performer with multiple toy pianos
2. works that use interactive computer electronics with toy piano(s)
3. works that utilize microphones and amplifiers with toy piano(s)
4. works with either pre-recorded or interactive multimedia/video (strongly encouraged)
5. works that use computer-based alternate controllers with toy piano(s)
6. solo toy piano music

The top five pieces will be performed by Phyllis Chen in New York City at the Christopher Henry Gallery.  The top three selections will be awarded cash prizes of the following:

1st place $300 & a Concert-Grand toy piano generously donated by Schoenhut
2nd place $200
3rd place $100

Judges Include:
Phyllis Chen, toy pianist
Andre Watts, Grammy-award winning pianist
Rob Dietz, video artist and electronic musician
Norbert Herber, Professor of Telecommunications at Indiana University

To get better acquainted with the toy piano, please listen to Phyllis’s toy piano recital at

Phyllis owns a collection of 7 toy pianos with a range between 2- 3 octaves. Please specify what range of instrument you would like to be considered for your piece.

There will be a stereo and quadraphonic sound system playback for the electronic components. There is no specification of software programs or technologies that are required. Please indicate the platform/program and we will contact you with further questions if necessary.