Age: 24 | Country: U.S.A.

Kessa Mefford is an award-winning pianist and has been performing piano in public since the age of six. Described by long-time audience members as a “bridge between the average person and the music she plays” and a “dynamic, passionate musician,” Kessa is known for sharing her joy of music with her audiences. Kessa is an active artist with the Piatigorsky Foundation, performing for them on fully funded tours to underserved communities all around the USA. She is also an active performer in the New York metro area. She has performed Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto and Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto with the Taconic Opera Chamber Orchestra in Westchester County, and she has also started her own concert series “Whimsical Birdsong,” based out of New York in which she performs and collaborates with others in presenting the complete works of Ravel that include piano.


Preliminary Round:
F. Chopin: Étude Op. 10 No. 8
A. Scriabin: Étude Op. 42 No. 5

Semifinal Round:
G.C. Menotti: Ricercare and Toccata on a theme from The Old Maid and the Thief
A. Beach: Ballade Op. 6
A. Scriabin: Sonata No. 4 Op. 30

Final Round:
L.v. Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 Op. 110
M. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin