20.04.2017 Draw of lots
order of participants’
21-24.04.2017 1st Round
Group A, B, C, D
25-27.04.2017 Final Round
28.04.2017 Gala Concert
Robert Samut Hall,
A under 10 years
(Born after 20.04.2007)
B 10 to 13 years
(Born after 20.04.2003)
C 14 to 17 years
(Born after 20.04.1999)
D 18 to 35 years
(Born after 20.04.1981)
А 1st Prize2nd Prize3rd Prize € 1.000€ 750€ 400
B 1st Prize2nd Prize3rd Prize € 2.000€ 1.500€ 750
C 1st Prize2nd Prize3rd Prize € 4.000€ 3.000€ 1.500
D 1st Prize2nd Prize3rd Prize4th Prize5th Prize6th Prize7th Prize € 20.000€ 15.000€ 10.000€ 1.000€ 1.000€ 1.000€ 1.000
Prize for the best interpretation
of a work by a contemporary
Maltese composer € 2.000
PARTICIPATION FEE – PIANO COMPETITION: 100 € *
Please transfer the fee to:
Bank: Bank of Valletta p.l.c., International
Corporate Center, 58, Zachary Street, Valletta VLT1113 - Malta
Account Holder: MRF Foundation
IBAN: MT65VALL 22013 0000 000 4002 165 4479
Payment reference: First + last name + MIMF COMPETITION 2017
* After the application, the participation fee can not be refunded. APPLICATION DEADLINE 03.04.2017
Category A (under 10 years)
Maximum duration: 8 minutes
The performance needs to include a minimum of two original contrasting works (no transcriptions are permitted) chosen freely by the participant.
Category B (10-13 years)
Only one round
Maximum duration: 12 minutes
The performance needs to include a minimum of two original works (no transcriptions are permitted), which are to be contrasting in style and periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century), and must include at least one work (for example one movement from a sonata) by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven.
*All pieces must be performed from memory.
Category C (14-17 years)
Maximum duration: 25 minutes
The performance needs to include a minimum of two but not more than three original works (no transcriptions are permitted) which have to be contrasting in style and period, and must include:
a) One movement from a piano sonata by Clementi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, or a brilliant Sonata by D. Scarlatti;
b) One or more contrasting piano solo works including an Etude or virtuoso piece.
*All pieces must be performed from memory.
Category D (18-35 years)
1st Round - Preliminary
Maximum duration: 20 minutes
The performance needs to include a minimum of three but not more than four original works (no transcriptions are permitted) which have to be contrasting in style and period, and must include:
a) Any Prelude & Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I or II) by Bach
b) An Etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin or Debussy
c) At least one freely chosen composition by a Maltese composer Karl Fiorini, Alexey Shor or Joseph Vella.
• All pieces must be performed from memory
With the composition chosen in c) - participants will be competing for the PRIZE FOR THE BEST INTERPRETATION OF A WORK BY A MALTESE COMPOSER € 2,000. This prize will be determined during the 1st Round as it is obligatory to play a composition by Composers in Residence.
2nd Round - Final
Maximum duration: 35 minutes
Finalists may perform any piano solo works which were not performed in the Preliminary round, which have to be contrasting in style and period, and must include a minimum of three original works:
1) one complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
2) one romantic work (eg. Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Franck)
3) one composition by a composer who lived after 1900
Finalists are to produce 2 copies of the music for the jury if the composition was composed after 1960. Finalists may opt to perform compositions by Karl Fiorini, Alexey Shor or Joseph Vella - Composers in Residence, but this is not obligatory. A list of his compositions can be ordered by firstname.lastname@example.org
*All pieces must be performed from memory.
A superb technique, excellent dynamic control, exquisite range of colours and expressive precision. This is what makes the art of award-winning young pianist Daria Tschaikowskaja so appealing and led the Mainpost to the audacious comparison: "the young virtuoso is playing so, that one is reminded of the geniality of Keith Jarreth" Daria was born in Moscow as a child of a musical family. Since her debut concert with orchestra in Lübeck, in 1993, she performed as soloist and chamber musician around Europe, Asia and Scandinavia and played with orchestras such as the "Novaya Rossiya"-Orchestra (with Yuri Bashmet as conductor), the Young Philharmonic Orchestra of Cologne, the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra under Mariss Jansons and others.
The pianist from Finland, born in 1974, has been a guest for many years at international festivals such as the Augsburg Mozart Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Lucerne Festival, Musical Olympus in St. Petersburg, Kissinger Sommer, Davos Festival, Festival der Raritäten Husum, Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus Festival or the Ravinia Festival (USA).
He has appeared several times in concert with well-known European symphony orchestras including the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, MDR Orchestra Leipzig, Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Weimarer Staatskapelle, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Academica Salzburg and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under famous directors like Georg Alexander Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lawrence Foster, Dennis Russel Davies Leif Segerstam, Okko Kamu, Sakari Oramo, Osmo Vänskä, John Storgårds, or Neville Mariner. Since 2000 he has regularly been performing in Japan and was invited for a major tour of the country in the 2004/2005 season.
Henri Sigfridsson has been appointed as a professor in Essen Folkwang University from the beginning of April 2011. He continues also as a visiting professor in Hanns Eisler High School in Berlin.
Mikhail Kirchhoff (Iskrov) was born in 1982 in Moscow.
He begun his education in the Victor Popov Academy of Choral Art. In 2009 he graduated with honours from the Moscow State P.İ. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
He participated in numerous projects in the last several years, such as:
• The International Festival "Yurmala-classic" (Latvia, 2007, 2008)
• Easter Festival «Musical meetings in La Pre» (France, 2006 and 2008)
• A new production of F. Poulenc’s mono-opera «The human voice» during the international festival "Art November" (St.-Petersburg, 2007), nominated on the «GOLDEN MASK» award in 2008
• The International Festival "Radio Orpheus presents» (Moscow)
• The annual Festival «Rendez-vous with ….» (Moscow)
• «Young musicians of Russia and Korea» (2009)
• The International Meetings of Arts «Performance and pedagogy: the present and the prospects» (Perm, Russia, 2007)
• The International Festival «Moscow meets her friends» (Moscow, 2009г.)
• Zehra Yıldız Night XIII (İstanbul 2010)
• “Vivat Russia” Festival of Russian Language and Culture (İstanbul 2011)
• Festival ‘’Shahimardan invites friends’’ (Kazakhstan 2014 and 2015)
• International Charity Festival of Russian-Italian culture "Dark Eyes" (Italia 2015)
• Internationale Festıval ‘’Ak-Irtish’’ (Kazakhstan 2015, 2016)
• and many others.
2010 - 2012 - works in Istanbul State Opera in Turkey.
Currently he working in Samsun State Opera and Ballet Theater in Turkey.
Paolo Baglieri is one of the most prominent personalities of his generation. Acclaimed as “a pianist that perfectly mixes his personal view with the composer’s ideas”, he is the winner of many
international piano competitions.
He has performed in Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Palestine, Israel and Chile for over 300 concerts in some of the most important concert halls: Taormina, Catania, Lucca, Rome, Turin, Pistoia, Bologna, Verona, Castle of Galeazza, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, Brussels, Castle d’Ursel, Haifa, Jerusalem, Madrid, Santiago of Chile among others.
He has been the piano professor at the Conservatory of Music of Jerusalem and he taught in Pavia and Conservatories in Italy. Invited as jury member of international piano competitions, as
Treviso International Piano Competition, Paderewski International Piano Competition among others, currently he holds the position as President and Artistic Director of the prestigious italian
academy Talent Music Master Courses of Brescia and President of the VeronaMusicFest.
Born in Italy in 1984 and graduated at Catania Conservatory, he took his following degrees at “Codarts – University of Arts” of Rotterdam and at Ecole d’Enseignement Superieur de Musique,
de Danse et d’Art Dramatique “Schola Cantorum” of Paris. Major influences in his musical development were studies with Pavel Gililov, Gabriel Kwok, Benedetto Lupo, Boris Petrushansky, and Sergio Perticaroli.
Akemi Alink-Yamamoto was born in Japan. From the age of three, she received music lessons. Two years later, she began taking piano lessons.
Akemi won prizes in national and international piano competitions and performed in important halls. Since 2010, she is playing regularly in Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya in Japan.
She plays solo and is also active in Chamber Music and Lieder Accompaniment. Since 2012, she forms a duo with German Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Gericke. They are giving Lieder-recitals in Europe and Japan.
Apart from her performances, she is also busy as a piano teacher. She has given lessons and masterclasses in Japan, Europe and U.S.A.
Since 2013, she has been writing a series of articles “Competition reports from across the world” for the monthly piano magazine “Chopin” in Japan. She also made large reports and interviews about the major International piano competitions in the world, such as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan and the Sydney Competition in Australia.
Akemi Alink-Yamamoto is a Board member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation. She attended more than 100 competitions over the past 16 years. She has been invited as a jury member at international piano and chamber music competitions in Brazil, France, Italy, Lithuania, Spain and the U.S.A., and she frequently gives advice to young pianists and competition organizers.
Karendra Devroop is a pianist and saxophonist from South Africa. He is the Artistic Director of the Unisa International Music Competitions which includes the world renowned Unisa International Piano Competition (Pretoria, South Africa). He has been a jury member and jury chairperson for several international and national music competitions. He is currently a board member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions that is based in Geneva. Karendra is a Professor of Music at the University of South Africa and is active as a performer having performed at major venues and festivals in the USA, Europe, Asia and South Africa.
Michalis Economou is one of the most promising conductors and composers of his generation, a significant figure of the Greek musical scene. He is former Music Director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Orchestra of Colours, Chief Conductor of the Athens Municipality Symphony Orchestra, and has just signed a contract for the annual Placido Domingo's Operalia Competition winner's gala in various countries. He is also the Chairman of the Music Department at Athens Technical University since 2004.
As a composer, he is winner of eleven national and international competitions, including the ALEA III International Composition Competition and the Dimitris Mitropoulos International Composition Competition. His works have been performed all over the world and he has been commissioned to compose music for Carnegie Hall and among other venues for the Athens Megaron Hall.
He is also an active Artist of the recently founded organization EMMA for Peace (Euro Mediterranean Music Academy) under the honorary presidency of Riccardo Muti, founded by cultural entrepreneur Paolo Petrocelli.
Since 2012 Michalis Economou is represented internationally by IMG Artists.
Professor, Chairman of Composition Division in Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and Artistic Director of the Moscow Philharmonic
Alexander Tchaikovsky graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in two specialties: as a pianist (studying under Prof. Lev Naumov) and a composer (studying under Prof. Tikhon Khrennikov). From 1977 - teaches at the Moscow Conservatory, since 1994 — Professor.
In 1993-2002 — Advisor of the Mariinsky theatre.
In 2005-2008 — Rector of St. Petersburg Conservatory
Alexander Tchaikovsky — is a winner of first prize at the International composers competition "Hollybush Festival" (USA). Participated in international music festivals: Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), «Prague spring», the Festival of Yuri Bashmet in London, at the International festival of arts "Stars of the White Nights" (St. Petersburg). Repeatedly, he was the main composer of festival in Bad Kissingen (Germany) and the festival "Nova Scotia" (Canada). Works by A. Tchaikovsky heard in major concert halls of Russia, Europe, America, Japan.
In 2002 he founded the music festival "Youth academies of Russia". The main goal of the festival is the promotion of young composers and performers. Alexander Tchaikovsky is a member and Chairman of the jury of numerous Russian and international competitions.
Fali Pavri enjoys a busy and varied international career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. His first piano lessons were in his native city of Mumbai, India with Shanti Seldon.
He has performed with many eminent musicians including violinists, Nicola Benedetti and Ilya Gringolts, the Vellinger and Vertavo quartets, the Leopold Trio, Paragon Ensemble, Scottish Ensemble, clarinetist Andrew Marriner, cellists Franz Helmerson, Wolfgang Schmidt and Timothy Gill, singers Roderick Williams and Mark Padmore and composer Mauricio Kagel. Fali is a member of the newly-founded Rembrandt Piano Trio and he has an exciting duo with his wife, the cellist Naomi Boole-Masterson.
A committed and sought-after teacher with many international prize-winning students, Fali Pavri is Associate Head of Keyboard and Professor of Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has given masterclasses in many countries around the world including recently in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Cyprus, India and South Africa, where he was also a jury member at the Unisa International Piano Competition. In 2016 he will be on the jury of the Van Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas and the Inaugural Olga Kern International Piano Competition in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Noriko Ogawa has achieved considerable renown throughout the world since her success at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Noriko’s “ravishingly poetic playing” (Telegraph) sets her apart from her contemporaries, and acclaim for her complete Debussy series with BIS Records (“If you like your Debussy to sound like the musical equivalent of a chilled white wine, Noriko Ogawa is the pianist for you” Roger Vignoles, BBC Radio 3, CD Review), confirms her as a fine Debussy specialist. Her Images Book I and II were chosen as the top recommendation ‘exquisite delicacy’ by Stephen Walsh, BBC Radio 3’s CD Review, in January 2014. Noriko’s latest recording for BIS records of solo piano music by Eric Satie, released in 2016, received high praise from Classic FM, Gramophone and The Arts Desk and a 5* review from BBC Music Magazine.
Noriko appears with all the major European, Japanese and US orchestras including recent and forthcoming performances with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Richard Dubugnon’s Piano Concerto. Noriko made her BBC Proms debut in August 2013 with the BBC Concert Orchestra (conducted by Barry Wordsworth) and appeared again in 2014 with the Endymion Ensemble. She has been appointed Vice President of the St Cecilia Orchestra in Ripon, Honorary Patron of the Ipswich Orchestral Society and, from January to June 2012, was the Artistic Director for the Reflections on Debussy Festival, hosted by BBC Philharmonic and Bridgewater Hall. In 2015 she continued her relationship with the Bridgewater Hall as Associate Artist for the Ravel and Rachmaninov Festival alongside Peter Donohoe.
Since 1978 more than 100 compositions for various combinations, among them 1 opera "The Bridge of Death"(created at Ruhrfestival, Gelsenkirchen; 13 performances); 13 orchestra pieces, chamber-, vocal- and solo music). Numerous performances at international festivals (Salzburg Festival, Internat.Mozart Week Salzburg, Festival International d'Echternach, Festival du MIDEM classique Cannes, Moscow Winter Festival, Warsaw Autumn, Musica Strasburg, Barbican Center Series London…).
Alexander Müllenbach’s works get performed by prominent soloists and Ensembles (Boris Pergamenschikow, Marjana Lipovsek, Heinrich Schiff, Eliot Fisk, Dora Schwarzberg, Lewis Kaplan, Hagen Quartet, Vienna String Sextet, Salzburg Camerata, Musica Viva Dresden, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Soloists, Parnassus Ensemble London) and conductors (Ernest Bour, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Leopold Hager, David Shallon, Hubert Soudant,…)
Active as a pedagogue (Mozarteum Salzburg, Luxemburg Conservatory), masterclasses, broadcastings, publications. Jurymember in international competitions (e.g. Queen Elizabeth Brussels, Vittorio Gui Florence, Pinerolo, Las Rozas, Osaka, Beijing). Numerous concerts throughout Europe, in Russia, Asia and in Canada as solo-and chamber-music pianist and as accompanist. Founder and chairman of the Luxembourg New Music Society LGNM (1983-94).
From 2000 to 2007 President of the Luxembourg National Music Council. 2002-2013 Director of the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum Salzburg. 2007-2013 also Artistic Director of Echternach Festival. 2015 Doctor Honoris Causa from University of Music “Academie Gheorghe Dima” Cluj (Romania).
Jura Margulis has been internationally recognized for his compellingly communicative and emotional interpretations, as well as for the range of his tonal palette and his consummate virtuosity. His orchestral appearances include performances with the Russian National Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. He played at numerous festivals, including the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Berliner Festwochen at Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Verbier, the Lugano, and the Sommets du ClassiqueFestivals in Switzerland, the Argerich-Beppu Music Festival in Japan, and the Salzburger Festspiele in Austria. Margulis won prizes in more than a dozen international competitions. As a chamber musician, Margulis is a founding member of the Margulis Family Trio and performs with leading ensembles. He also concertized with Martha Argerich. Recent years brought him to the USA, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Spain, China, France, Poland, Israel, Greece, Korea, Austria and Russia. His recordings attract much attention, including selection as a “reference recording” by Fono Forum, and inclusion on the “Bestenliste” of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik. His CD featuring piano transcriptions of music from Bach to Caplet (2007), received 10 out of 10 for “artistic quality” from KlassikHeute. Klassik.com, also giving the CD its highest rating, raved that Margulis “cannot be praised enough.” In 2014 Margulis released an all Schubert con Sordino CD. Fono Forum wrote: "Margulis plays (Schubert) with an enthusiasm, a sensitivity, and a creative imagination that are near incomparable."
Remaining members of the jury will be announced soon
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