Competitions

Competitions are a large part of the classical piano world. Whether they are always indicators for who will be the next Horowitz or Richter, is a matter of debate. However, competitions do play an important role in encouraging quality of piano performance. This section highlights the news from competitions, the results and the impact of competitions on pianists.

Italian Filippo Gorini wins Telekom Beethoven Competition

A young Italian who had never before performed with an orchestra wins the Telekom Beethoven Competition...unanimously, by the way. It was a sensational win for the 20-year-old Italian, who had never before performed with an orchestra. At the ITBCB finale he more than...

Pianist Lara Downes receives Career Development Award

UC Davis, California pianist Lara Downes just got a bit of financial help for her work and her career. Pianist Lara Downes, a longtime Davis resident and director of the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition, has been awarded a 2016 Sphinx Medal of Excellence and a...

The 65th Wideman International Piano Competition NOW

Exceedingly talented, and prepared, young pianists will compete this weekend. If you have a ticket, lucky you: The 65th Wideman International Piano Competition this weekend will bring 40 emerging pianists from around the world to Shreveport to compete for the coveted...

Young pianists as Classical “Rock Stars”

Think classical piano music is for the gray-haired set? Not so in South Korea! Classical music albums by young male pianists are flying off the shelves.   Cho Seong-jin, winner of the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition, has started an extraordinary classical...

Review of the 2015 International Chopin Competition

John Allison of The Telegraph reviews the International Chopin Competition Hopes for the new stars created here are always high, for the Chopin Competition certainly has a track record: Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman are among those who have...

And the winner is…

South Korean Seong-Jin Cho won the 17th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw today. At 21, he already has a long list of accomplishments. Here is the full list of winners: 1st prize (30 000 €) and gold medal - Seong-Jin Cho 2nd prize (25 000 €) and silver medal...