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Gustav Mahler Prize 
Piano Competition 2021

The organizer of the competition is the Gustav Mahler Institute Prague in cooperation with the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava.
The mission and goal of the competition is to deepen the interest and motivation of young talented pianists to interpret mutual understanding, interpretative confrontation, inspiration and love for music. The personality of the genius conductor and musical composer Gustav Mahler, who lived in Jihlava for the first 15 years of his life and inspired and enriched so much, reminds him of his noble ideas about the mission of music and is a permanent inspiration source and model for young musicians from all over the world.


of the Gustav Mahler Prize Piano Competition 2021

Dear competitors,

Dear teachers,

The results are out, and the jury is thrilled to announce the winners of each category.

We listened through many hours of your recordings (in total 163 pianists applied) and we all thoroughly enjoyed the playing and admired the talent that you all possess.

Sadly, we are only able to award a limited number of prices, however we have decided to assign several special prices too, especially to those, whose performance of a specific repertoire was standing out from the rest.

Many congratulations to you and to your teachers, who prepared you so well for the competition despite the difficult situation that was caused by the Covid19 pandemic.

I also would like to thank for participating and praise those, who didn't get awarded one of the top three prizes- we heard many good performances that perhaps were not perfect, however, they showed your pianistic abilities and musical sensitivity that surely will be developing and improving in the years to come.

Once again, well done to all and hope to see many of you again in the next years' edition of the Gustav Mahler Piano Prize 2022.

With best wishes and enjoy the summer!

Univ.Prof. Libor Novacek BMus MMus

Chairman of the jury

Gustav Mahler Prize 
Absolute winner's title and Prize Money 30.000 CZK
Takuma Onodera, Japan / video 

Prize of Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava
(presents the possibility of a concert performance (orchestral or chamber concert) in future years)
Anfisa Bobylova, Russia/Austria / video 

Prize of Chief Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava
Bong Jung Woo, South Korea / video 

Prize for the best Czech or Slovak competitor

(The piano stool Hidrau was donated by the company Steinway Piano Gallery Plzeň - Drnek Piana)
Nora Lubbadová, Czechia / video 1  video 2  

Prize of Director of Gustav Mahler Institute Prague
Ester Zoubková, Czechia / video 

Prize of AHUV
(presents a concert in Prague)
Ryan Wang, Canada / video 1  video 2  

Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Ludwig van Beethoven - Zhongshu Chen, China/Indonesia / video 

Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Fryderyk Chopin - Amálie Vlčková, Czechia / video   
                                                                                                           - Arabelle Grote, USA / video
                                                                                                           - Anna Zimowska, Poland / video
                                                                                                           - Joy Chuang, Taiwan / video
                                                                                                           - Ryan Wang, Canada / video 1  video 2 
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Klement Slavicky - Matyáš Charvát, Czechia / video  
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Benjamin Godard - Franciszek Gąsieniec, Poland / video  
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Johann Sebastian Bach - Bartosz Frydel, Poland / video   
                                                                                                                      - Pablo Frias Lobo, Spain video
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Robert Schumann - Hong Seo Hyeon, South Korea / video  
                                                                                                            - Xu Guo, China / video
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Maurice Ravel - Momone Shiraishi, Japan / video  
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Ferenc Liszt - Vojtěch Ocelka, Czechia / video  
                                                                                                   - Jianyi Gu, China / video 
                                                                                                   - Ryohong Ahn, South Korea / video 
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Anna McCargow, Russia / video  
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Dmitri Shostakovich - Bohumil Bondarenko, Czechia / video  
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Joseph Haydn -  Anfisa Bobylova, Russia/Austria / video 
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Veronika Jaklová, Czechia / video  
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Alban Berg - Zachary Weiner, USA / video     

Category 1

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize and Category Winner

Bong Jung Woo, South Korea / video 
repertoire: L.Berkovich_Varations on a by Paganini
teacher: Song jin young/ Chung-ryoung Elementary School

1st Prize

Zhongshu Chen, China/Indonesia / video  
repertoire: Beethoven: Sonata F minor Op 2 No.1 First movement
teacher: Teguh Sukaryo, Teguh Sukaryo International Music School

Angelina Nguyen, USA / video  
repertoire: Haydn Piano Concerto in D, Hob XVIII/11, Mov. 3
teacher: Molly Nguyen, Little Chopin Piano School

2nd Prize

Amálie Vlčková, Czechia
repertoire: Carl Czerny: 125 Exercises in Passage, Op. 261, No.97, Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise A flat major, posthume
teacher: Mgr. Věra Chmelová, Ph.D., Škola: Základní umělecká škola Orchidea clasic s.r.o., Jana Babáka 1, 616 00 Brno.

Sophia Maddock, USA
repertoire: Bach Concerto No.5 in F minor BWV 1056 I. Allegro, Prokofiev Tarantella Op. 65 No.4
teacher: Dr. Ina Selvelieva

Arabelle Grote, USA
repertoire: Chopin, Polonaise in G sharp minor, Op. posth.
teacher: Ni Liu, Private

Batjargal Enkhsaruul, Mongolia
repertoire: Bach, Little prelude in E minor, BWV 938, M.K.Oginsky, Polonaise in A minor, J.Haydn, Sonata D major
teacher: Gulfairuz Shauyet, Mongolian State Conservatory

Sofia Maholetti
, Austria
repertoire: Christian Klöckl (*1967) - Albumblatt "Für Sofia", Carl Reinecke (1824-1910) - Etude No. 1 Op. 121, D. Shostakovich (1906-1975) - "Lyric Waltz" from "Dances of the Dolls"
teacher: Anna Ulaieva-Stoehr, University of Art - Graz Austria

Amálie Svatošová
, Czechia
repertoire: W.A.Mozart: Viennas Sonatina I. in C major 1st movement, V. Figuš-Bystrý: Albumleaf
teacher: Eva Hampacherová, Základní umělecká škola Praha 1, Biskupská 12

Nina Pavlotzky Neeman
, Costa Rica
repertoire: J.S. Bach: Little prelude in C minor., W. Gillock: Fountain in the rain
teacher: M.M Keren Neeman, Escazú Music Academy, Costa Rica

3rd Prize

Merdan Ali Efe Yavuz, Turkey
repertoire: Johann Sebastian Bach ''Little Prelude'' in D minor BWV 935, Muzio Clementi ''Sonatina'' in C Major Op.36, No.3, (complete), Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky '' Polka'' Op 39 , No.14, Henry Lemoine '' Etude'' Op.37 ,No 34
teacher: Zerin Rasul

Jacqueline Liu
, United Kingdom
repertoire: F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Songs without Words Op. 19 No1
teacher: Charleen Liu; Bute House School London

Jia Cheng Felix Zong
, Hong Kong, China
repertoire: F. Chopin Étude Op. 25, No. 2, in F minor
teacher: YAN REN, Beijing Shijia Primary School

Ivan Volkov
, Germany
repertoire: Jacques Ibert - "Histoires", ten pieces for piano: No. 2 "Le petit âne blanc" (The Little White Donkey), .A.Mozart - Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545 Allegro

Lilien Solomonová
, Czechia
repertoire: A. Drabon - The Kite (Drak), P. Eben - Červená růžičko (Little Red Rose), Anonymous author - Allegretto, W. Gillock - The French Doll, The American Indian Dance
teacher: Mgr. Milena Zuntová, ZUŠ Český Krumlov

Ethan Bai
, Ireland
repertoire: Domenico Scarlatti - The Sonata in A minor K. 149 (L. 93), Carl Czerny - Op. 849, No. 6, Jacques Ibert - The Little White Donkey
teacher: Jason Yang

Franciszek Cichowski
, Poland
repertoire: Johann Sebastian Bach, Two-Voice Invention, in C major, Janina Garścia, Stone Garden
teacher: prof. Elżbieta Pasierowska

Hajun Chung
, South Korea
repertoire: Haydn Piano Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:37, 1st Movement
teacher: Ms. Ma Eum Ko / Seoul Seo 2 Elementary School

Aleksandra Dzieża
, Poland
repertoire: Fryderyk Chopin Polonaise G minor op. posth., Carl Czerny Etiuda B flat major op. 849
teacher: Sonia Grychtoł-Mastalerz

Eva Essilevskaia
, France
repertoire: Benda Sonatina in A Minor, Beethoven For Élise, Chopin Waltz in A Minor, Burgmüller Innocence op 100 no. 5, Tchaikovsky Children's Album Op 39 no.9
teacher: Piano Académie Maria Esaulova

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Emily McCarthy, Ireland
repertoire: Sonatina in C major Op 55 No 3, I Allegro con spirito. Friedrich Kuhlau, Ivan Sings by Aram Khachaturian, Flood-Time by Eric Thiman (No 5 from "Water Pieces").
teacher: Jason Yang, Piano Academy of Ireland

Hsu Chia Hsi
, Taiwan
repertoire: Kabalevsky - Waltz op.27 no.1, Bach- Minuet in G Major
teacher: Ms. Mary Ko/ Ms. Yu, Chiu Ya

Andrea Lafarge Rinaldi
, France
repertoire: Valse op 64 No. 1, Chopin, Sonatina in A minor, Benda
teacher: Mi-Young Lee - Piano Academie

Ester Zoubková
, Czechia
repertoire: Daniel Gottlob Turk: Píseň, Dmitrij Kabalevskij: Ježek, Ludwig Schutte: Etuda C - dur, Pero Gotovac: Miniatury: Mema spi, Samuel Majkapar: Destik
teacher: Mgr. Ema Jedlicka Gogova, ZUS J.S.Bacha, Dobrany

Mathilde Duverney, France
repertoire: La chevaleresque, Etude Op. 100 Nr 25 Burgmüller
teacher: Gayane Nersisyan, Piano Académie

Daniel Chik
, Singapore
repertoire: Sonatina in C Major, Op.36, No.1, Allegro - Andante (Muzio Clementi)
teacher: SherLyn Leng

Anar Naranbat
, Mongolia
repertoire: J.S.Bach: Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 114, M.Clementi: Sonatina G major. op.35. no 2, part 1., D.Shostakovich: Tanets, K.Czerny Etude op.299, no 4.
teacher: Gulifairuz Shauyet. Mongolian State Conservatory

Viola Kalabusová
, Czechia
repertoire: Johann Hermann Schein - Allemande, David Hirschberg - The fisherman, William Gillock - Summertime polka
teacher: Eva Grundová, Zuš Jaroslava Kvapila Brno

Honorable Mention - 2nd degree

Nikhith Nallamalli, India
repertoire: Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831) - Mazurka, Georg Bohm (1661-1733) - Minuet in G, Ulrike Gruber (b.1964) - Kindergarten Blues
teacher: Rachintan Trivedi, KM Music Conservatory, Chennai

Category 2

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize and Category Winner

Anna Zimowska, Poland / video 
repertoire: F. Chopin - Nocturne in B - major op. 32 no.1, C. Vine - Bagatelle no.2
teacher: Izabela Grzybek, National School of Music in the name of M. Karłowicz in Cracow

2nd Prize

Alžběta Nikiforová, Czechia
repertoire: B. Martinů - "Harlequin" Puppets - Book II. No. 2, F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Song Without Words Op. 30 No. 6, Venetian Gondola Song in F Sharp Minor, E. Grieg - March of the Trolls, Lyric Pieces - Book V. Op. 54 No. 3
teacher: MgA. Hana Pastykova

3rd Prize

Nikol Hamplová, Czechia
repertoire: W. A. Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 - 3. Rondo, B. Smetana: Treasury of Melodies: No. 2, Capriccio. Vivace, L. Sluka: The Old River Song
teacher: Halina Heinzová, ZUŠ B. Smetany

Jaroslav Skalka,
repertoire: F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Songs Without Words Op.30 no.6 (Venetianisches Gondellied), J. Haydn - Sonata in D, Hob.XVI:33, Allegro
teacher: Marie Skalková, Základní umělecká škola Fryderyka Chopina Mariánské Lázně

Małgorzata, Poland
repertoire: 1. J. Haydn - Variations on the topic 'La Roxelane', 2. A. Spendiarow - Berceuse (Lullaby)
teacher: Marcelina Pawlak, Stanisław Moniuszko State Comprehensive Music School 1st degree, Katowice, Poland

Adelina Furtuna,
repertoire: 1. J. S. Bach - Sinfonia No. 10 in G major BWV 796, 2. W. A. Mozart - Sonatina in G major, 3. N. W. Gade - Intermezzo
teacher: Larisa Jar, "Ciprian Porumbescu" Lyceum of Music, Chisinau

Kamil Podzorski,
repertoire: Fantasia C major, Georg Friedrich Haendel, Elegie, E minor, Niels Wilhelm Gade
teacher: Iwona Ulbrich, Panstwowa Szkola Muzyczna I i II st. im. Ignacego Paderewskiego in Cieszyn, Filia in Wisla

Markéta Sladkovská,
repertoire: J. Haydn: Divertimento D major, (ze Sonáty in D major Hob. XVI no.4), F. Chopin: Cantabile, I. Berkowitsch: Prelude E major, Andrew Higgins: Penguins
teacher: Markéta Loskotová: ZUŠ Teplice

Dora Šarić,
repertoire: J.S. Bach: Three-part Invention in E-major, BWV 792, J. Haydn: Sonate in D-major, Hob. XVI/24 -Allegro, M. Moszkowski: Etude in C-major, op.91 no. 14, E. Grieg: Butterfly, op.43 no.1
teacher: Tajana Lazović, OGŠ pri O.Š. K.Š. Gjalski Zabok, Croatia

Blanka Kojalewicz,
repertoire: Waldemar Król - Etude in a romantic style, Jean Sibelius - The Sapin, Jean Sibelius - Arabesque Op.76 No.9
teacher: Ryszarda Sajewicz-Palczewska , Państwowa Szkoła muzyczna imienia Tadeusza Szeligowskiego w Szczecinie Poland

Zofia Michałek,
repertoire: F. Chopin - Waltz in A - flat major op.69 no 1, W. A. Mozart - Rondo from Sonata in C - major KV 545, K. Slavicky - Etudes 1,3 from "12 small studies"
teacher: Iwona Popławska-Zimowska, Music School in Gdów

Ka Yik Charis Zong,
Hong Kong, China
repertoire: Schubert Impromptu, Op.90, No.2
teacher: YAN REN, Beijing Shijia Primary School

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Hernán Lucena Villanueva, Spain
repertoire: Prelude op. 28 n°1 F. CHOPIN; Ecossaise op. 72 n° 3 F. CHOPIN; Sonatina op. 20 n 6 Rondó J.L. Dussek; Invention n 7 BWV 778 J.S. BACH; Little nigar C. DEBUSSY
teacher: Estefanía Villanueva. Conservatory " Oreste Camarca", Soria, Spain

Arturo Bienve Díaz Álvarez,
repertoire: Mozart, Sonata nº 10 KV 330 (Allegro Moderato)
teacher: Conservatorio Tomás Luís de Victoria ((Ávila). Pedro López Salas

Yoana Manwani, United Arab Emirates
repertoire: 1. Minuet in A minor - Henry Purcell, 2. Minuet in G major - J. S. Bach
teacher: Ms. Lola Akwabi

Category 3

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize and Category Winner

Nora Lubbadová, Czechia / video 1  video 2  
repertoire: W. A. Mozart- Sonata B flat major, KV 570, III. Allegretto, F. Chopin- Nocturno B major, op. 32, no. 1
teacher: MgA. Lukáš Klánský, PhD. Gymnázium a hudebné škola hl.m.Prahy

1st Prize

Joy Chuang, Taiwan / video 
repertoire: Chopin Ballade No. 2
teacher: I-Chen Chen, Shin-Yi Elementary School

2nd Prize

Matyáš Charvát, Czechia
repertoire: L. van Beethoven: 6 Variations in G major, WoO 77; F. Liszt: Etude no. 2, S 136; K. Slavický: Etude no. 3 and 6 from 12 Short Studies
teacher: MgA. Jan Dušek, Ph.D., ZUŠ Klementa Slavického, Praha 5

Eleni Moon,
repertoire: Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso in E Major, Op.14
teacher: Ja Young Yoo

Antoni Nowakowski,
repertoire: Chopin - Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. Posthumous; I. Berkowitz - Variations on the Theme of Paganini
teacher: Julia Wolańska-Gajda; Katedralna Ogólnokszałcąca Szkoła Muzyczna I Stopnia in Poznań

3rd Prize

Helene Gritsch, Austria
repertoire: Claude Debussy: Claire de lune, from: Suite bergamasque; Sergej Prokofjev: Tarantelle, from: Jeux d'enfants op. 65
teacher: Mag. Greta Gritsch, private

Łucja Dąbkowska,
repertoire: Moszkowski Maurycy, Etude in G major, op.91, no 16, Grabinski Wlodzimierz, Prelude in E flat major
teacher: Iwona Ulbrich, State Music School of the 1st and 2nd level (Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna I i II stopnia) in Jastrzębie-Zdrój (Poland)

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Xinyu Li, China
repertoire: Chopin: Impromptu Op 29
teacher: Feifei Dong and Hong Tang

Rozálie Klesová,
repertoire: Jiří Antonín Benda: Sonatina - Rondo D dur, Bedřich Smetana: Lístek do památníku a moll, Klement Slavický: Etuda č.12 (12 malých etud), Hana Švajdová: Cesta světla (Nevšední příběhy)
teacher: Marta Marešová, ZUŠ Charlotty Masarykové, Půlkruhová 99/42, Praha 6

Devakshi Grace Mukherjee,
repertoire: P I Tchaikovsky 'Little Song of Naples' from Children's Album op 39., C.Czerny Etude op849 N6., B Bartok 'Teasing Song' from 'For Children' vol 2, no 18

Nidra Esteves Ramirez Celis,
repertoire: W. GILLOCK Valse Etude, A. LOESCHHORN Study op. 136 N. 7
teacher: João Paulo Cunha conservatório de Castelo Branco

Mario Sebastian Silvestre Hernandez,
repertoire: O polichinelo- Villa Lobos, Brejeiro- Ernesto Nazareth, Sonatina in G major- Beethoven
teacher: Kristina Meliukhina - Clara Schumann School

Category 4

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize and Category Winner

Franciszek Gąsieniec, Poland / video 1  video 2  
repertoire: Benjamin Godard - Etude in G flat major op. 107, Fryderyk Chopin - Nocturne op. 9 no. 1
teacher: Profesor Paweł Zawadzki, Ogólnokształcąca Szkoła Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego we Wrocławiu

1st Prize

Bartosz Frydel, Poland / video  
repertoire: J. S. Bach - Partita c-minor No. 2 BWV 826 part Capriccio, F. Chopin - Impromptu in F sharp major, Op. 36, G. Bacewicz - Etude No. 2
teacher: Agnieszka Spodymek

2nd Prize

Anju Nogiwa, Singapore/ Austria
repertoire: Beethoven, Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 "Pathétique" 1st movement
teacher: Mr. Andreas Weber, Mozarteum University

Hong Seo Hyeon,
South Korea
repertoire: R. Schumann Allegro Op-8
teacher: Song jin young/ Yewon School

Nicholas Grote,
repertoire: Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11, Kapustin, 8 Concert Etudes, Op 40 No 6 Pastoral
teacher: Ni Liu and Dr. Peter Mack, Private

Pavel Pejchal, Czechia
repertoire: F. Chopin: Preludium Des dur op. 28 č. 15, F. Chopin: Valčík e moll op. posth.
teacher: MgA. Vít Havlíček, Ph.D., ZUŠ Trutnov

3rd Prize

Ivana Zovko, Croatia
repertoire:S. Bortkiewicz: Etude op. 15 No. 9 in F-sharp minor, C. M. von Weber: Rondo Brillante op. 62. in E-flat major, J. 252
teacher: Ivanka Kordić, Vatroslav Lisinski Music School Zagreb

Carla Ioana Ungureanu,
repertoire: Bach -Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971 -3rd mvt. Presto, Beethoven - Sonata in F minor Op 2. No. 1.- IV mvt. Prestissimo, Chopin - Etude Op 10. No. 1 in C major
teacher: drnd. Shwan Sebastian

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Glorija Pinturić, Croatia
repertoire: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata No.18 in D Major, K.576, Allegro, Franz Schubert: Impromptu in E flat Major, Op. 90 No. 2
teacher: prof. Zrinka Philips, Pavao Markovac Music school, Zagreb, Croatia

Maria Kolary,
repertoire: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Sonata in B flat major, KV 333, part I, Frederic Chopin, Etude in G flat major, op. 10 no. 5, Artur Malawski, Miniatures III and IV
teacher: Izabela Grzybek, Zespół Szkół Muzycznych w Wieliczce (State Music School Complex in Wieliczka)

Dymitr Szostak,
repertoire: J.S.Bach - Fuga in C, BWV 953, M.Glinka - Nokturn La Separation, J.Massenet - Toccata
teacher: Jolanta Tarnowska, OSM I st. im.I.J.Paderewskiego, Cracow,Poland

Honorable Mention - 2nd degree

Tom Williamson, United Kingdom
repertoire: Rêverie by Debussy, O Polichinelo by Villa-Lobos (from A prole do bebê no. 1)
teacher: Formerly Mr Duncan Glenday, Chetham's School of Music; new teacher from June 2021

Category 5

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize and Category Winner

Ryan Wang, Canada / video 1  video 2  
repertoire: F. Chopin Etude in F Major, Op.10 No. 8, F. Chopin Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39
teacher: Mr. Gareth Owen, Eton College

2nd Prize

Momone Shiraishi, Japan
repertoire: Mozart / Piano Sonata No.17 in B flat, K.570 1st movement, Ravel / Miroirs-1 "Noctuelles"
teacher: Ms. Miyo Honya / Kurakuen Junior High School

Rie Takeuchi,
repertoire: Venezia e Napoli Tarantella S.162/R.10 A197 - Franz Liszt
teacher: Mrs. Natasha Tadson

3rd Prize

Anna Harper, USA/Belarus
repertoire: Mozart Concerto 12 mov. 1
teacher: Alexander Borovikov, Republic of Belarus Gymnasium-College

Hanna Fábián,
repertoire: F. Liszt: Romance, F. Liszt: C- major Etude Op.6. No.1., Béla Bartók: Mikrokosmos V/ 138- Bagpipe music
teacher: Katalin Anducska, Ádám Jenő Elementary School and Primary Art School Szigetszentmiklós

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Clara Gritsch, Austria
repertoire: Frédéric Chopin: Etude op 25 Nr. 9, Franz Liszt: première valse oubliée, Piyotr I. Tchaikovsky: Février: Carnaval, from The Seasons op. 37 Nr. 2
teacher: Dr. Zoltán Füzessery, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

Bridget Su,
repertoire: Brahms Intermezzo Op.118 No.2 in A major
teacher: Mary Ko

Emilie Kašparová,
repertoire: D.Scarlatti: Sonata K.93, Fuga g moll, C.Debussy: Preludia I., Girl with the flaxen hair, B.Smetana: Dreams, Consolation
teacher: E. Hampacherova, ZUŠ Praha 1, Biskupská

Bruna Prostran,
repertoire: M. Moszkowski : Etude in E-flat major, op. 91 no. 17, J.S. Bach: Two part invention in h minor, BWV 786, D. Pejačević: Violet, op. 19 no. 2, J. Haydn: Sonata in c-sharp minor, Hob. XVI/36, -Moderato
teacher: Ivanka Kordić, Vatroslav Lisinski music School in Zagreb

Matthew Stephen Hockaday,
repertoire: J. A. Steffan: Allegro in C, L. van Beethoven: Bagatelles op.126, No.5, D. Shostakovich: Three Fantastic Dances,for Piano, No.1 and No.2, B. Martinů: Etudes and Polkas Book 3, H. 308: No. 4. Polka in A Minor
teacher: MgA. Martin Smutný

Martina Taslerová,
repertoire: J. S. Bach: Suite G dur - Gavotte, M. I. Glinka: Variace na ruskou lidovou píseň, B. Martinů: Loutky I - Pohádka, B. Martinů: Etudy a Polky - Polka in D
teacher: L. Fialová, Základní umělecká škola Brno, Veveří, příspěvková organizace

𝗞𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗮, Poland
repertoire: G.F. Haendel: Fantasia C Major, Wlodzimierz Grabiński: Preludium Es Dur
teacher: Iwona Ulbrich, Państwowa Szkola Muzyczna I i II stopnia im. Ignacego Paderewskiego

Category 6

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize and Category Winner

Chiara Bleve, Italy / video 
repertoire: Fryderyk Chopin: Etude Op.25 n.6, Enrique Granados: Allegro de Concierto Op.46 
teacher: Prof. Giorgio Lovato - "A. Corelli" Music School in Vittorio Veneto (Treviso - Italy)

2nd Prize

Grigorescu Valentiu-Constantin, Romania
repertoire: F.Liszt - Transcendental Etude no.7 - "Eroica", S.Prokofiev - Suggestion Diabolique, op 4, no.4
teacher: Cristina Maria-Ralea, National College of Music "GEORGE ENESCU" - Bucharest

Vojtěch Ocelka,
repertoire: F. Liszt: Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S. 434 (after G. Verdi)
teacher: Jelena Kapitula, ZUŠ Jaroslava Kvapila, Brno

Zhong An Feng,
Hong Kong, China
repertoire: Piano Sonata no. 8 in A minor First Movement, Mozart, Rondo Capriccioso op. 14, Mendelssohn
teacher: MT Wong, GMC Music

3rd Prize

Emilio Wu Gan, Costa Rica
repertoire: H. Villa-Lobos: Impressões Seresteiras
teacher: M.M Keren Neeman, Escazú Music Academy, Costa Rica

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Gayathri Gopikrishna Chokalingam, India
repertoire: The Song of the Lark from the Album of the Young by Tchaikovsky, Bloodroot by Rachel Grimes, A Haydenesque Rondino by Kedarnath Awati, Moderato Grazioso by Cornelius Gurlitt, Ridicolosamente by Sergei Prokofiev
teacher: Natallia Kapylova Khanna ; Natallia Piano Studio

Honorable Mention - 2nd degree

Giordano Calì, Italy
repertoire: J.S. Bach - The Well Tempered Clavier I, Prelude & Fugue No.2 in C minor, BWV 847, W.A. Mozart - Piano Sonata in C major K330 1st movement
teacher: Giulia Gangi, V. Bellini Higher Institute of Musical studies, Catalania

Category 7

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize, Category Winner and Absolute Winner

Takuma Onodera, Japan / video 
repertoire: Balakirev: Islamey
teacher: Yoshiko Kurokawa /Sapporo Kaisei Secondary School

2nd Prize

Sonia Schwabe, Poland
repertoire: F.Chopin - Ballade No.1 in G minor
teacher: prof. Joanna Lawrynowicz-Just, OSM im. Zenona Brzewskiego w ZPSM nr 1, Warszawa

Vittorio di Pietro,
repertoire: F. Chopin, scherzo op.31 n.2
teacher: Giulia Gangi - Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini - Catania Italy

Mehana Ellis,
repertoire: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 11 "Harmonies du Soir"
teacher: Annamarie McCarthy, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Jie Liang,
New Zealand
repertoire: Stravinsky Firebird (Infernal Dance of King Kashchei + Finale)
teacher: Songwen Li, King's College Auckland

3rd Prize

Sebastião Mateus, Portugal
repertoire: Prelude and Fugue BWV 875 n. 6 in D minor WTC II, Johann Sebastian Bach, Romeo and Juliet, op. 75 (6. Montecchios and Capuletos), Sergey Prokofiev
teacher: Evandra Celis, Conservatório Regional de Castelo Branco

Kristýna Kovalová,
repertoire: S. Prokofiev: Rigaudon op. 12 no. 3, S. Prokofiev: Legend op. 12 no. 6, F. Chopin: Etude in E major op. 10 no. 3
teacher: MgA. Lukáš Klánský, GMHS (Gymnasium and Music School of the Capital City of Prague/ Gymnázium a Hudební škola hl. m. Prahy, ZUŠ)

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Anastasia Durnea, Moldovia
repertoire: C. Czerny - etude op. 365 No. 15, Bach - Prelude & Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp Major BWV 882
teacher: Larisa Jar; School: L.I.R.M "Ciprian Porumbescu"

Category 8

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize and Category Winner

Pablo Frias Lobo, Spain / video 1  video 2  video 3  
repertoire: Etude Op. 10 nº 4, Chopin., Prelude and fugue nº 14 BWV 859, Bach., Orage Liszt
teacher: Rubén Talón. School: ESMAR

2nd Prize

Radek Bagar, Czechia
repertoire: J.S.Bach Prelude and Fugue in F minor ( WTC Book I,No .12 ) BWV 857, L.van Beethoven Sonata no. 17 in d moll, op.31.no.2 .1st movement
teacher: MgA. Martin Fišl ,Konzervatoř ,tř. Kpt.Jaroše 45,Brno 66254

3rd Prize

Sanjay Akam, USA
repertoire: Sonata in A Major, K 113 / L 345 - Scarlatti, Barcarolle in F sharp Major, Op. 60 - Chopin
teacher: Randall Jackson, Randall Jackson Piano Studio

Pia Oetheimer,
repertoire: Franz Schubert, Moments musicaux, op. 94, D 780, No. 3 - Allegro moderato, Frédéric Chopin, Ballade No. 1 in g minor, Op. 23
teacher: Cristiana Pegoraro (private student)

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Magdalena Srnková, Czechia
repertoire: J. S. Bach: Fuga in C BWV 952, F. Chopin: Nocturno e moll op. 72, č. 1, op. posth., S. Rachmaninov: Études-Tableaux op. 33: No VII, Moderato g moll
teacher: MgA. Debora Konečná, ZUŠ Jana Hanuše, Praha 6 - Břevnov

Category 9

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize and Category Winner

Anna McCargow, Russia / video 1  video 2  
repertoire: F. Mendelssohn Fantasie ("Scottish sonata"), op. 28, A. Skrjabin Etude №9, op.8,
teacher: Prof. E. Virsaladze, Moscow State Concervatory

1st Prize

Veronika Jaklová, Czechia / video 1  video 2  
repertoire: W.A.Mozart, Sonata No.13 in B flat major, K333, III. Allegretto grazioso, F.Chopin, Ballade in f minor Op.52, No.4
teacher: MgA. Milan Langer, Pražská konzervatoř

2nd Prize

Ayane Tsuno, Japan
repertoire: J.S Bach ;Toccata fis-moll BWV910, F.Chopin ;Etude OP.25-11
teacher: Tokyo College of Music high school

Rejsi Prosi,
repertoire: Johann Sebastian Bach- "Sarabande" from english suite no.2 in a-minor, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy- Variations Sérieuses op.54 in d-minor
teacher: Libor Novacek, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz

Anna Knoulichová,
repertoire: S. Prokofiev: Sonata No. 1 in f minor, Op. 1, B. Smetana: Concert Etude in C major
teacher: Pražská konzervatoř, MgA. Martin Kasík, Ph.D., Mgr. Eva Boguniová

Nicoleta Sirbu,
repertoire: L. van Beethoven - Sonata op. 22 No. 11, 1st movement, S. Rachmaninoff - Etude Tableaux op. 33 No. 6 in E flat minor, F. Liszt - Valse Impromptu, S. 213
teacher: Libor Nováček, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

Andrew Truong,
repertoire: Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata no. 32, op. 111 1st Movement, Arnold Schoenberg Sechs kleine Klavierstücke op. 19
teacher: Steven Spooner, Peabody Institute

3rd Prize

Barbora Filipová, Czechia
repertoire: S. Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau d minor, op.33, R. Schumann: Allegro b minor, op.8
teacher: Mgr. Mária Vaitová, ArtD. Konzervatoř P. J. Vejvanovského Kroměříž

Matyáš Meinczinger,
repertoire: Liszt: Au lac de Wallenstadt (Années de pèlerinage), Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, op.79. no.2
teacher: Lukáš Klánský, Gymnázium a hudební škola hl.města Prahy

Zhiqi Yuan,
repertoire: Chopin Nocturne op.48 no.1 Chopin Sonata op.35 1st movement
teacher: -

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Channing Chu, New Zealand
repertoire: Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor BWV 863 - Bach, Sonata No.8 in A minor K.361 - Mozart, Sonetto 104 del Petrarcha - Liszt
teacher: Jason Bae, UOA

Marco Ridolfo,
repertoire: Rachmaninov - Moment Musicaux n. 4, Op. 16, Rachmaninov - Etudes Tableaux n. 8, Op. 33, Sancan - Toccata
teacher: Francesca Sperandeo, Liceo Musicale XXV Aprile - Portogruao (Ve) - Italy

Nanjala Antonia,
repertoire: Sonata in F major, K. 332 (3rd movement: Allegro Assai) by W.A. Mozart, Berceuse Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin, Prelude No. 1 by George Gershwin
teacher: Winnie Mureithi - Wynton House of Music

Honorable Mention - 2nd degree

Lorena Turković, Croatia
repertoire: J.S.Bach - Prelude and Fuge in E flat major, A. Scriabin - Etude op. 8./2., J. Brahms - Intermezzo op. 118./2.
teacher: Helena Knapić, Varaždin school of music

Category 10

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize and Category Winner

Jianyi Gu, China / video 1  video 2  video 3  
repertoire: Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.10 no.3, 1st movement., Chopin Etude No.10 no.10, Liszt Faust Waltz
teacher: Professor Alan Chow, Eastman school of music

3rd Prize

Bohumil Bondarenko, Czechia
repertoire: S. V. Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 8, S. V. Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 9, A. N. Scriabin - Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, D. D. Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in D-flat Op. 87 No. 15
teacher: Mgr. Dinara Suleymanová, Konzervatoř České Budějovice

Markus Koropp,
repertoire: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Prelude and Fugue XII F minor BWV 857, from the Well Tempered Clavier I, Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (1891-1953), Piano Sonata No.1 F minor Op.1, Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849), Nocturne
F sharp Major Op.15 No.2
teacher: Aima Maria Labra-Makk, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Austria

Jovan Perunicic,
repertoire: J.S.Bach - Toccata e-minor BWV 914, L.v.Beethoven - Sonata op.2 no.3 C- major, first movement Allegro con brio, A.Scriabin - Etude op.8 no.9, g sharp minor
teacher: Prof. Libor Novacek, Kunstuniversität Graz

Yinzi Cao,
repertoire: Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330
teacher: Leon McCawley, Royal College of Music,

Victoria Nava,
repertoire: Chopin, Etude op10 n2, Ravel, Toccata from "Le tombeau de couperin", Mozart, Sonata KV284 n6 in D Major, Ist Movement, Shostakovich, Prelude and Fugue n24 in D minor
teacher: P. Giacometti, RSH Düsseldorf

SunHye Shin,
South Korea
repertoire: Frank Bridge: Three Sketches (1.April, 2.Rosemary, 3.Valse Capricieuse), F.Liszt: Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli
teacher: Ronan O'Hora and Carole Presland, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Kateřina Sinevičová,
repertoire: J. S. Bach: Partita č. 3 a moll - Burlesca, D. Scarlatti: Sonata E dur K. 380, F. Chopin: Nocturno F dur op. 15, č. 1, 4. L. Janáček: V mlhách (1. část)
teacher: MgA. Marie Al-Ashhabová, Konzervatoř Teplice

Wanzhen Zhao

repertoire: scherzo Chopin No1,, prelude Rachmaninoff
teacher: Moscow conservatory.teacher:Yuri Didenko

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Mattia Groppello, Italy
repertoire: Rachmaninov prelude op 23 n 5, Bach busoni ciaccona, Chopin etude op 10 n 1
teacher: Accademia pianistica internazionale incontri col Maestro of Imola, teacher Enrico Pace

Parvina Sharipova,
repertoire: S.Rachmaninov - Moment musicaux op.16 No.2,3,4,5
teacher: Sergio De Simone- University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

Hikari Ichimura,
repertoire: Bach: Prelude & Fuga f-moll BWV881, Chopin: Etude Op.10-4, Beethoven: Sonata No.23 Appasionata 1 movement
teacher: Freiburg University of Music, by Prof. Alfonso Gomez

Molli Szalai,
repertoire: L.van Beethoven: A major Sonata (Op.2 no.2) I. movement, Béla Bartók: Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs (Op.20)
teacher: Attila Némethy, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary

Tatsuhito Adachi,
repertoire: Chopin / Etude op.25-12, Rachmaninov / Moments musicaux op.16 No.1 & No.4
teacher: Igor Roma & Stefano Fiuzzi / Imola piano academy

Amálie Pivoňková,
repertoire: Frederic Chopin - Ballade n. 4, f minor, op. 52, Leoš Janáček - Sonata 1.X.1905 ("From the street"), II. Death
teacher: Mgr. Hana Turková, konzervatoř Teplice

Mina Sun,
repertoire: J.S BACH: WTC Book I, Prelude and Fuge, BWV.862, FRANZ LISZT: Années de Pèlerinage-Première Années: Suisse-Vallée d'Obermann, S.160 No.6
teacher: Prof.Danyang Li - Shanghai Conservatory of Music

František Jeřábek,
repertoire: Sergei Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau op.39 no.2, Bedřich Smetana: Fantasie na české národní písně
teacher: Mgr. Karel Košárek, soukromé studium

Marta Misztal,
repertoire: W. A. Mozart -Sonata D major KV 576, S. Rachmaninov - Etiude in d minor op.33 no.4, F. Chopin - Etiude in a minor op. 25 no.4
teacher: dr hab Elżbieta Pasierowska and mgr Mikołaj Sikała

Honorable Mention - 2nd degree

Xiao Tang, China
repertoire: Robert Schumann piano concerto op.54, Rachmaninov tableux Etude op39 no.5(if Concerto is not allowed), Debussy Imagines Book ll
teacher: Gajusz Keska/Academy of music in Krakow

Claudia Hu,
repertoire: Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
teacher: Nina Svetlanova, The Manhattan School of Music

Wenjia Rao,
repertoire: Schumann-Waldscenen Op.82
teacher: Gordon Fergus- Thompson, Royal College of Music

Xiaowan Zhang
, China
repertoire: Chopin - Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49, Rautavaara - Piano Sonata No. 2 "The Fire Sermon"
teacher: Phillip Kawin, Manhattan School of Music


Vincenza Ginevra Lauria, Italy
repertoire: Franz Liszt - Un Sospiro, Claude Debussy - Ballade L.70
teacher: Antonino Pellitteri, ISSM "A. Toscanini" - Ribera

Giada Nobile,
repertoire: F. Liszt- Liebestraum n° 3

Category 11

(competitors are ranked in order of best by points scored)

1st Prize and Category Winner

Anfisa Bobylova, Russia/Austria / video 
repertoire: Haydn Sonata Hob XVI 24; Chopin Scherzo op. 54
teacher: Libor Novacek, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

1st Prize

Zachary Weiner, USA / video 
repertoire: Berg - Sonata, Op. 1, Bach - Goldberg Variations: Aria, I, II, III, XIII, XIV, XV

2nd Prize

Xu Guo, China
repertoire: Schumann - Kreisleriana Op.16 No.1-3, Beethoven - Rondo Op.51 No.2
teacher: Mr. Dang Thai Son and Ms. HaeSun Paik; New England Conservatory

Ryohong Ahn,
South Korea
repertoire: J. Haydn Sonata E flat major Hob. XVI/49, F. Liszt Paganini Etude no.2, F. Liszt Venezia e Napoli - 3. Tarantella
teacher: Prof. Detlef Kaiser, Hochschule für Musik in Dresden

Radymyr Tsiko,
repertoire: J. S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B‑flat major, BWV 866, L. van Beethoven - Sonata No. 23, Op. 57 - 1 Movement, S. Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 5 in E-flat minor
teacher: Manfred Tausch/University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

3rd Prize

Asuka Tagami, Japan
repertoire: G.Ligeti Etude No.18 from Book 3 "Canon", W.A.Mozart Piano Sonata No.10 in C major K330 1 movement, A.Skrjabin 2 Poèmes op. 69, T.Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II −In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen, A.Schönberg 3 Piano Pieces op.11
teacher: Prof.Andreas Groethuysen University Mozarteum Salzburg

Asami Kitamura,
repertoire: L.v.Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in Es Dur, Op. 31-No. 3, 1. Allegro, F. Chopin: Études Op. 25-No.3, C. Debussy: Etude No. 9 Pour les notes répétées, F. Chopin: Fantasy in f moll, Op. 49
teacher: Prof. Ayami Ikeba, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

Barbora Brabcová,
repertoire: 1. J. S. Bach: Preludium a fuga B dur, BWV 866, 2. S. Rachmaninov: Etuda Es moll op. 39 č. 5, 3. F. Chopin: Etuda F dur op. 10 č. 8, 4. F. Chopin: Balada g moll op. 23
teacher: Prof. Ivan Klánský, Hudební fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze

Jieun Lee

repertoire: S.Rachmaninoff Etude Op.39 - No.09 in D Major, P.Tchaikovsky Dumka, Op.59, F.Mendelssohn variations sérieuses op.54
teacher: Sergio de simone, the University of Music and Arts Graz in Austria

Honorable Mention - 1st degree

Kamil El-Ahmadieh, Czechia
repertoire: J.S.Bach-F.Busoni: Chaconne in D Minor BWV 1004
teacher: Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris; Sibelius Academy

Aristotelis Papadimitriou,
repertoire: Frederic Chopin (1810-1849): Nocturne op.9, no.1 in b-flat minor, César Franck (1822-1890): Prélude, Choral et Fugue FWV 21, Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943): Etude-tableaux op.33,no.2 in C-major
teacher: Prof. Eckart Heiligers (Zurich University of Arts)

Radim Tichý,
repertoire: Domenico Scarlatti - Sonáta h moll, K87, Maurice Ravel - Sonatina fis moll, M40, Francis Poulenc - Mélancolie, FP105
teacher: prof. Libor Nováček, Pražská konzervatoř

Christopher Knopp,
repertoire: F. Schubert: Wandererfantasie, Op. 15 (D760)
teacher: Ilya Poletaev, McGill University

Jihak Oh,
South Korea
repertoire: R.Schumann - Fantasie in C Major Op.17, 1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen, F.Chopin - Ballade No.4 in f minor Op.52
teacher: Winfried Apel / Hochschule für Musik 'Carl Mario von Weber' Dresden

Luca Sacher,
repertoire: 3 Scarlatti Sonatas: C major, K487, A major, K208, f minor, K239, Debussy: Etude pour les octaves, Chopin: Ballade no. 2, Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
teacher: Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo

Alves de Toledo Karina,
repertoire: Bach - Prélude and fugue n.16 BWV 885, Debussy- Images (second book) I- Les cloches à travers les feuilles, II- Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut, III- Poisson d'or
teacher: Erik BERCHOT- École normale de musique de Paris Alfred Cortot

Jookhyun Kim,
South Korea
repertoire: Carl vine - Piano sonata no.1, 1st movement.

Martyna Anna Chmura,
repertoire: Paweł Mykietyn - Prelude No. 4 "Prestissimo possibile", Ferenc Liszt - Transcendental Étude No. 12 "Chasse-neige", Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 12
teacher: dr hab. Elżbieta Pasierowska, Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk

Yuhuan Wang, China
repertoire: Polonaise Op.53 (Frédéric Chopin), Danzas Argentinas (Alberto Ginastera ), Etude 6 for 8 fingers (Achille-Claude Debussy), Prelude and Fugue BWV 861 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
teacher: Prof. Nelly Banova-Kostner, School: Richard Wagner Conservatory

Honorable Mention - 2nd degree

Kirill Brukhovskii-Vasilev, Russia
repertoire: F. Chopin - Fantasy F-Minor, op. 49, S. Rachmaninoff - Etude Tableau op. 39#1, C- Minor
teacher: Y. Stadler

Tyler Kivel,
repertoire: C. V. Alkan: Douze études dans tous le tons mineur, Op. 39 No. 11 "Ouverture", Gershwin-Wilde: Etude No. 3 for the Left Hand Alone "The Man I Love", E. Nazareth: Tango Brasileiro (Odeon)

Eben Wagenstroom,
South Africa
repertoire: Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp major, BWV 858, Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Sonata in F major, Hob. XVI:23, Frédéric Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66 (Posth.)

Hwan Hee Kim,
South Korea
repertoire: Dmitri Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue No.24 in D minor op. 87, Einojuhani Rautavaara - Piano Sonata No.2 "The fire Sermon", op.64, Sergei Rachmaninov - Musical Moment No.4, op.16
teacher: Dr. Adam Swayne, Royal Northern College of Music

Jinwei Zhang,
repertoire: 1.Beethoven Sonata Op.90 Movement 1., Chopin Etude Op.25 No.11, Haydn Variation in f minor H.XVII No.6

Yibo Du,
repertoire: Bach Busoni Chaconne, Liszt Dante Sonata
teacher: University of Minnesota

Jihlava - the town where his passion for music began.
Jihlava - the town where his passion for music began.

"On 13-10-1870 there was, by way of an exception, an Abonnement suspendu, the reason being that a nine year-old boy, the son of a local Jewish tradesman named Mahler, was to be heard for the first time playing the piano before a large audience. The great success the future virtuoso achieved with his audience did him honour; one could only wish that for his excellent playing he had had an equally good instrument at his service. If the young artist's former teacher, Herr Kapellmeister Viktorin, hears of yesterday's success, he can certainly be pleased with his protege."

Gustav Mahler - First public concert in Jihlava

Competition rules

  • The competition will be via videos published on www.youtube.com due to anti-epidemic measures.
  • The competition is open for competitors of all nationalities up to the age of 30.
  • The competition is a one-round competition, and the condition of the competition is to play from memory.
  • The repertoire is free.
  • The repertoire should consist of one or more pieces which has to fulfill the time limit.
  • The competition is divided into 11 age categories.
  • The video must be a real recording without editing, shot in one static shot, with the camera slightly away from the competitor. 
  • Must be visible on the competitor's hands and body at all times.
  • The video recording not more than 6 months old must be placed on www.youtube.com, the competitor will include in the application the exact internet link to the video recording.
  • Each piece can have a separate link.
  • The full names of the pieces, the composer and the competitor, must be included in the video title or description (in English)
  • The video must be public (not private) and accessible throughout the competition. The competitor will not seek a financial reward for posting the video and gives consent to post the video on the organiser's web site to announce the results.
  • The organiser reserves the right not to open a category for organisational reasons or not to accept an application or to shorten the competition deadline for the competition for capacity reasons.
  • The competition deadline: 31.5.2021.
  • Announcement of results: 30.6.2021.
  • Failure to comply with the above conditions, as well as an apparent reading of the notes during the game, may result in the competitor being eliminated from the competition.

Competitive category and time limit  
of competitive video

Category                 year of birth                 Time limit of composition

       1                    2011 and younger                        max. 5 min.
       2                              2010                                   max. 8 min.
       3                              2009                                  max. 8 min.
       4                              2008                                 max. 10 min.
       5                              2007                                 max. 10 min.
       6                              2006                                 max. 10 min.
       7                              2005                                 max. 10 min.
       8                              2004                                 max. 12 min.
       9                        2001 - 2003                           max. 15 min.
      10                        1996 - 2000                          max. 20 min.
      11                          1991 - 1995                           max. 25 min.

  • The jury will assess the competitive performance of the competitors, determine the order of the competitors in each category, determine the absolute winner of the competition, determine the award holder.
  • The jury's deliberations are not public, the jury does not publish evaluations.
  • The jury's decision is final, indisputable and there is no appeal.

Univ. Prof. Libor Novacek BMus MMus
Professor of Piano, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Austria,  Professor of Piano, Prague Conservatoire, Czech Republic 


Doc. Mgr. Renata Lichnovska
pianist, pedagogue of The Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno, Czech Republic

MgA. Petra Milarova
pianist, teacher of The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, LSF Music School, Loughborough, United Kingdom

Mgr. Jiri Jakes
Principal conductor of Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava, Czech Republic

MgA. Petr Nouzovský
president, Association of Musical Artists and Scientists, Prague, Czech Republic


Grand Prize:
Gustav Mahler Prize, Financial Prize 30,000 CZK and title "Absolute winner"

Special prices:
Prize of Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava
(presents the possibility of a concert performance (orchestral or chamber concert) in future years)

Prize of Chief Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava (Diploma)

Prize of Jury president (Diploma)

Prize for best Czech competitor (Diploma)

Each competitor receives a diploma (by email)

The jury may also award other special prizes, also reserving the right not to award one.

Application Procedure

Application shall be submitted exclusively electronically by completing an online form at www.mahler.institute (at the end of this page) and paying a registration fee. A proof of payment of the fee shall accompany the application. Applications may be submitted no later than May 31, 2021. You will receive confirmation of your participation in the competition after you have submitted your application and credited the payment of the registration fee to our bank account.

Registration fee:

Registration fee:
1st - 5th category - € 50
6th - 8th category - € 80
9th - 10th category - € 100
11th category - € 111

The registration fee must be paid in full by bank transfer:
IBAN: CZ4820100000002601525645
Owner: Institut Gustava Mahlera, z.s.
address: Fio banka, a.s., Millennium Plaza, V Celnici 10, 117 21 Prague, Czech Republic

Fee can be paid via payPal (please contact us)

Please, enter the name of the competitor in the note/message to the recipient. 

The registration fee is non-refundable.


(Please, fill the application in English. Compulsory fill in bold lines. Proof of payment of the fee is a mandatory annex. You'll see a confirmation after you successfully submit your application.)