MUNICH PIANO COMPETITION
Competition that closes the gap!
POSTPONED: December 17-21 at Nymphenburg Castle
Although the encouraging news about the successes in vaccines development and distribution give us confidence, it is still not possible to hold events such as ours. Therefore, regretably, we are forced to postpone all of our events (concerts and the competition) until further notice. New dates are planned for December. Follow our website for any updates. We ask for your understanding and look forward to seeing you!
This international piano competition aims to close a gap and, as the first project of its kind in Bavaria, will offer all age groups a stage to prove their skills and gain new professional experience.
The participants, divided into different age groups (children, adolescents, students, but also music lovers of every age) will be judged by a top-class, international jury.
The aim is to promote young talents and to offer local participants access to international comparison and the exchange of experiences. The goal of the competition is primarily the promotion of International Young Talents, but also the opportunity for them to compare their piano skills and exchange professional experiences.
The Summer academy, concerts in Germany and abroad and the associated prizes are further incentives for the participants.
Application deadline (NEW): October 1st, 2021
Extended due to major popularity and the postponing of the competition itself.
Jury for Categories A/B/C/D/E and Music lovers:
She obtained her master’s degree at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where she also completed her postgraduate studies. She worked at the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chișinău for numerous years as a piano and chamber music professor. She frequently performed as a soloist accompanied by the Moldavian Philharmonic Orchestra and her performances were broadcasted by the National Radio and Television. She was awarded the highest honorary title and became a Meritorious Artist of Moldova for her exceptionally successful artistic and pedagogic work in music.
In 1998 she took a position as a piano and chamber music professor at the Arts Academy of the University of Split. Her students regularly win numerous prizes at piano and chamber music competitions both in the country and abroad.
Olga Cinkoburova is still continuously and simultaneously engaged in her artistic as well as pedagogic activities and actively practises chamber music. Her repertoire includes almost all piano chamber works. She has made numerous recordings for Croatian Radio and Television, focusing on works by D. Pejačević, B. Papandopulo, S. Rachmaninoff and D. Shostakovich. Together with prominent musicians such as E. Zaremba, A. Tanovitsky, Quatuor Elysee, N. Manuilenko, V. Podrug and A. Vitlin she performs at international festivals throughout Croatia and abroad. In 2008 she became one of the founders of the Opera Selecta festival. She regularly participates at regional and international competitions as a member of the jury.
Tiago Nunes, from Coimbra, soon showed passion and aptitude for the world of music, having started studying piano at an early age, at the Conservatory of Music in Seia, where he completed the Basic Course. Later, he attended the Complementary Piano Course at the Conservatório de Música de Coimbra, in the class of professor Rita Dourado, having finished it with a high and distinct classification. Always seeking growth and improvement, he has participated in several masterclasses by several pianists, including: Aquilles Delle Vigne (Argentina / Belgium), Fausto Neves (Portugal), Álvaro Teixeira Lopes (Portugal), Paulo Oliveira (Portugal), Luísa Tender (Portugal), Nancy Lee Harper (USA / Portugal), Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria), Rudolfo Rubino (Italy), Shao Ling (China), Yi Wu (China / USA), among others. He completed his degree in piano performance under the guidance of the pianist Fausto Neves. His career contemplates several prizes, distinctions and solo recitals throughout Europe. Since the beginning of 2015, he has been the artistic director of the Coimbra Concert Cycle, that takes place in March in the city of Coimbra, having, this year, its fifth edition. Two years later, became founder and president of the CulturXis Artistic Association. He has been the director of the Oeiras Piano Competition since its foundation. In his activity as a professor, he has more than 20 students awarded in national and international competitions. Since 2017, he has been teaching and coordinating the piano department at the Montijo Conservatory of Arts. In 2020, with the pianist António Luís Silva, created a new project: the H4NDS Duo and recorded their first album.
An expert with more than 30 years of work experience in the field of music education. She graduated from an 11-year special music school for talents named Prof. Stalarsky in the city of Odessa, Ukraine. She studied in the class of Professor Nikolai I. Krizanovski, who is a representative of the well-known piano school of Vladimir Nielsen. She graduated from the National Academy of Music in Odessa in the class of E.D. Kovalenko and received the following qualifications: concert performer, pedagogue, soloist of the chamber ensemble, concert master. She started her pedagogical activity as a student in the music school at the state academy. In 1992, he moved to Serbia, where she worked at a music high school and began to develop her personal pedagogical method based on the best tradition of piano schools. In 2005, she moved to work in Slovenia and returned to Serbia, where she works today.
The collection of awards of Goara Lazić and her students is rich in numerous significant awards from national and international competitions in the country and abroad (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Czech Republic, France, Italy). She has developed many talented students who continued their education at the academy and still work across Serbia and perform concert activities. She has given master classes in Serbia and a seminar in Slovenia. She performed both in chamber ensembles and as a solois with the school symphony orchestra. In addition to pedagogical work, she also participated as a jury at numerous competitions in the country and abroad. Goara is the ldea initiator of the competition in Šabac, which has a tradition of 25 years and which has grown into an international competition, where she is a permanent member in the organization committee, and in 2020 she was the artistic director of the competition.
Goara Lazić recieved the award for long-term results and commitment to musical talents from the Association of Music and Ballet Schools.
Hailed as a “complete musician – a sensitive artist and an extremely talented young pianist”, Congyu Wang is an internationally renowned soloist who has garnered acclaim as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician.
Born in Singapore, Congyu Wang started playing the piano at the age of 3. He was selected for a scholarship that enabled him to attend the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he studied with renowned French pianists Jean-Marc Luisada and Odile Catelin-Delangle. He later enrolled in the Schola Cantorum (Paris) to continue his studies with Gabriel Tacchino (who had been Francis Poulenc’s only student). Ever since youth, Congyu Wang has enjoyed phenomenal success in international piano competitions, ultimately winning the Grand Prize in Berlin and Bordeaux. His other prizes include Vulaines-sur-Seine, Lagny-sur-Marne, Merignac, Paris, Jakarta, Tallinn and Cle d’Or Reunion. He was featured in the national news journal ‘Zao Bao’ as Singapore’s most promising young artist of the year in 2016.
At the Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Slovenia, Congyu was awarded 6th Prize. One of the jury members, François Weigel, believed he should have won, and resigned thereupon in protest. Congyu Wang has since made appearances in over 800 recitals in France, England, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Mauritius, South Africa, Reunion Island, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.
Highlights of some of his performances include festival appearances at Château de la Verrerie (France), Ernen Music Festival (Switzerland), the Geza Anda Piano Festival Masterclasses (Berlin), the International Isang Yun Academy (Paris), International Hammer Klavier Piano Series (Barcelona), International Piano Festival (Amarante), Festival Langtang (Reunion Island) and Chopin Fest (Belgrade). Congyu Wang has performed for many important guests internationally – Celebrities, Bankers, Diplomats and Ambassadors including the Prince of Brunei, the Prime Minister of Singapore, Ambassadors and Consular of France, Singapore, China and Norway.
Congyu Wang has earned a reputation for delivering stunning performances of extremely demanding repertoire. His vast repertoire includes 30 piano concertos, along with the complete solo piano oeuvre of Chopin and Poulenc. Congyu Wang has shared the stage with many well-known musicians, such as Roman Leuleu, Agnes Kallay, Giancarlo de Lorenzo, Elena Xanthoudakis, Grigor Palikarov, quatour arsis etc.
In 2015 Congyu Wang published his first album ‘Charme’ on KNS classical featuring the works of Francis Poulenc to international acclaim. Recently he released his second album ‘Reflets’ dedicated to Claude Debussy commemorating the 100th death anniversary of the French Composer. His recordings are frequently broadcasted on radios internationally – France Musique, BBC radio 3 (UK), Radio Vie (Reunion), Radio Antena 2 (Portugal), Classic 1027 (South Africa), Symphony 92.4 (Singapore) etc. In 2019 Congyu Wang was featured on the movie ‘Une Barque sur l’Ocean’ directed by French director Arnold de Parscau.
Congyu Wang is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Piano Island Festival and the Piano Concerto festival and the International Chopin Competition in South Africa. He is ambassador to several charitable foundations – Association des Jeunes Musiciens (Young musicians), Association Koinonia (International Refugees), Grace International Foundation Liverpool (Youth Development). Congyu Wang is a Young Steinway Artist.
Jury for Category F and Professionals:
Born in Cagliari, he studied with Ida Allegretto at his home town Conservatory, and continued his formative career perfecting his art in the Parisian school of the great Aldo Ciccolini, who has written about him: “an extraordinary rhythmical vitality, a special inborn musical treatment of sound and a great technical capacity characterize his pianism. He is surely one of the most talented and original exponents of Italian pianism”.
Throughout his career, spanning more than two decades, Maurizio Moretti has performed in the most famous European concert halls and has had regular tours in France, Spain, Germany, Austria and East Europe, with the most praised orchestras including Concertgebouw Orchester of Amsterdam, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonic of Moscow, Philharmonic Orchestra of Praga, I Solisti del Teatro alla Scala, Soloist of Moscow with Yuri Bashmet, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Toscanini dell’Emilia Romagna, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, Philarmonique de Grenoble, Philarmonie der Nationen, Orchestra Filarmonica de Caracas, Frankfurt Staats Philharmonie, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre National de Lille, Filarmonica di Montecarlo, Finnish National Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Nacional do Porto, Pan Asia Symphony Hong Kong…
Mariann Marczi is a Hungarian concert-pianist, soloist and chamber musician. She is professor of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. Her DLA / DMA dissertation deals with “György Ligeti’s Etudes for Piano” (2008).
Performing at 35-40 concerts a year, she has played in the most prestigious concert halls in Hungary and in most European countries and in the United States.
Mariann Marczi has made recordings for the Odradek Records label.
Her first album “SPLINTERS” featuring 20th Century Hungarian Works for Piano in 2013, which was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award.
Her second album, “PAST VISIONS” paying homage to Schubert and Schumann was released in 2019.
Ruben Dalibaltayan (1973), born in Yerevan, Armeniacurrently lives in Croatia. He works as a Professor at Zagreb and Ljubljana Music Academies. He is also a Guest Professor in the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, as well as in the “Talent Music Master Courses” in Brescia. Ruben is the President of the Alexander Scriabin Society of Croatia and Artistic Director of Radovljica International Piano Competition in Slovenia.
Ruben raised a new generation of young pianists who achieved tremendous results and became prize winners of various international competitions as Ferruccio Busoni, Queen Elizabeth, Robert Schumann in Zwickau, Ettlingen, etc. Some of them as Ivan Krpan and Aljosa Jurinic succeeded to make an outstanding international career and became one of the most successful pianists of the young generation.
As part of his pedagogical work, he holds masterclasses on a regular basis in Croatia and abroad. His noteworthy projects include the founding of the piano summer school in Makarska, Croatia in 2005 together with Julia Gubajdullina. The seaside piano master course has since evolved into one of the most prominent events for young pianists in the region.
He studied in Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Gnesin Russian Academy of Music and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the guidance of Anahit Shahbazyan, Arthur Berngardt, and Valery Kastelsky. His professional and personal formation has been greatly influenced by a number of outstanding musicians such as Boris Berlin, Lazar Berman, and Alexis Weissenberg.
Ruben is a winner of many prestigious international piano competitions in Armenia, China, Croatia, and Italy. His concert tours include numerous countries. The performances range from solo recitals and concerts with Symphony orchestras to participation in chamber ensembles – a piano duo with his wife Julia Gubajdullina and the well-known “Amadeus Trio Zagreb” to be mentioned.
As a pianist he gives special attention and dedication to the promotion of the works of Armenian composers, interesting and original music inseparably linked to the culture of his native country. In collaboration with the Croatian Radio and Croatian Music Institutе, he recorded the entirety of the piano opus of the famous Croatian composer Blagoje Bersa. For this double CD, Ruben received the highest acknowledgment of the Croatian Ministry of Culture – “Vladimir Nazor Award” for greatest achievements in music and arts.
Michael Kravtchin was born in Moscow. The Hochschule of Frankfurt, Hanover, Detmold, and Freiburg have been part of his musical education. In particular, his encounter with the great pianist Anatol Ugorski has influenced him musically and artistically.
Michael Kravtchin is a prize winner at the international piano competition “Cita di Cantù” in Italy and has also received the Critics’ Prize.
In 2002 a CD was published in the university series “Detmold Prize Winners Introduced”. A recording has also been released that is entirely dedicated to the music of Antonin Dvorák. His preoccupation with the music of Franz Graf von Pocci led to the publication of a CD in 2007 with the first recordings of several works by Pocci. He also recorded the first book of Debussy’s Preludes and Schumann’s Carnaval.
He performed several times at the music festival in Kassel and a CD with French piano music was released as a concert recording from the Kassel Documentary Hall.
Michael Kravtchin gives concerts regularly in many halls in Germany, such as the Staendesaal, the Documenta Hall and the Kassel State Opera, the Festeburg Church in Frankfurt, and the Dortmund City Hall. As a chamber musician with well-known soloists, he devotes himself to the entire spectrum of the chamber music repertoire.
He is the City of Kassel Culture Prize Winner and his solo and chamber music activities also regularly take him to other countries, including Switzerland, Spain, France, and China.
Michael Kravtchin leads a piano class at the “Louis Spohr” Music Academy in Kassel. His students regularly win prizes at piano competitions.
Competition is open to both professionals and amateurs (music lovers) and it consists of two rounds.
Program for the second round (in-person performance) is free to choose, but it must cover two different epochs.
Program for the first round (live performance) is also free to choose and it has to cover two different epochs. It can be the same as for the second round, but it doesn’t have to be.
For both rounds, program has to be performed from memory.
Playing a contemporary piece (written after 1950) qualifies you for the Special (Contemporary) Award. Scores for recommended contemporary pieces are available on our website (see above).
For Competition categories, fees and rating systems, see General Provisions.
Competitors will be notified about the results of the selection via email. List of candidates who passed the first round will also be published on the Facebook page of the Competition.
Note: Competition will be held with limited audience, according to all COVID-19 regulations. In case of bad epidemiological situation, a different date for performance will be announced, or a complete switch to online regime.
Contestants who wish to compete for the special Contemporary award must perform at least one piece composed after 1950.
Here you can find our recomendations for contemporary pieces. Click on buttons to open downloadable PDFs.
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