Welcome to Frederic Chiu’s Classical Smackdown!

Audiences around the world have loved having the opportunity to make a statement, by listening to an unusual pairing of Classical Piano Composers and voting live, in real time.


Time Travelers

Bach vs. Glass

(Premiered 2015)

Total Wins:              Total Votes:

Bach: 4                  Bach: 51%

Glass: 5                 Glass: 48%

Tie: 1                      Tie: 1%

Heart & Soul

Debussy vs. Prokofiev

(Premiered 2011)

Total Wins:              Total Votes:

Debussy: 35           Debussy: 48%

Prokofiev: 33          Prokofiev: 48%

Tie: 0                      Tie: 4%

Young Geniuses

Mendelssohn vs. Chopin before age 20

(Premiered 2020)

Total Wins:               Total Votes:

Mendelssohn: 1     Mendelssohn: 43%

Chopin: 6               Chopin: 56%

Tie: 0                      Tie: 1%

Guadarrama, Spain

Anaconda MT, Allied Concerts

North Platte, NE, Allied Concerts

South Bend, IN, Sweetwater/IMTA

Lille, France, Lille Piano(S) Festival

Westport, CT, Special Beechwood Session

Gijón, Spain, International Piano Festival

Dublin, Ireland, International Piano Festival

Columbia, SC, South Eastern Piano Festival

Princeton, NJ, Princeton Symphony

Fullerton, CA, Cal State Fullerton

NY, NY, APAP Conference NYC 2017

Houston, TX, Woodlands Salon Series

Northampton, NH, Lyra Festival

Concord, NH, Concert Association

Indianapolis, IN, American Pianist Association

Les Baux-De-Provence, France, Domaine De Manville

Anchorage, AK, U Of Alaska Anchorage

Great Barrington, MA, Bard College At Simon's Rock

Cincinnati, OH Carlson-Berne Foundation

New Paltz, NY, SUNY New Paltz

Windsor, Ontario, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Honolulu, HI, Aloha International Piano Festival

Ridgefield, CT, Scotts Ridge Middle School

Ridgefield, CT, East Ridge Middle School

Bloomington, IN, IU Jacobs School Of Music

Murray, KY, Murray State University

Tecate, Mexico, Rancho La Puerta

Chautauqua, NY, Piano Festival

Detroit, MI, Great Lakes Festival

Hattiesburg, AL

Houston, TX Lone Star College

Anderson, SC, Anderson University

Flushing, Queen, NY, Flushing PS20

Flushing Town Hall School Program

New Paltz, NY, Mohonk Festival Of The Arts

Newport, RI, Music Festival Special Smackdown Festival

San Diego, CA - MTAC

Beechwood Arts Smackdown!

Auburn, NY - Adams Piano Series

Artsy Girls, Beechwood

NY, NY, Leschetizky Association, Tenri Cultural Center

Waco TX, Baylor University

Elon NC, Elon University, Adams Foundation Concert

Burlington, VT, University of VT, Lane Series

NY, NY, Rockefeller University

White Plains, NY, Faust Harrison Pianos

Philadelphia, PA, Thomas Jefferson Medical College

Bourges, France, Theatre St Bonnet

New Paltz, NY, Mohonk Fall Season

New Paltz, NY, Mohonk Festival Of The Arts

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