The International Piano Forum – a summit of internationally acclaimed pianists, a podium for outstanding young artists from all over the globe to showcase their instrumental mastery. The International Piano Forum is the initiator of the International German Piano Award which is donated yearly. The prize money amounts to a total of € 20,000. The International German Piano Award has the objective to find and promote outstanding pianists worldwide. Yet, alone being nominated for the International German Piano Award is an honor to extraordinary talent. The following support of the nominees provides concerts at famous national and international concert halls and contacts to conductors as well as orchestras. Last but not least, the association supports the production of CDs, websites, an exclusive artist portfolio and much more.

In the past years, the prize has gone to Amir Tebenikhin 2011, Lukas Geniusas 2012, Dmitri Levkovich 2013, Misha Namirovsky 2014, Yekwon Sunwoo 2015, Wataru Hisasue 2016, Eric Lu 2017 and Hans H. Suh in 2018. The FAZ-Audience-Award 2018 went to Tomoki Sakata. Since 2016 the International German Piano Award bears the suffix “powered by C. Bechstein”.

9th International German Piano Award 2019

Applications

Application deadline extended to:
December 19th 2018

Time schedule 2019

  • March 30:  Arrival & Official Welcoming Ceremony of the 6 nominees and the jury in Frankfurt am Main
  • March 31:  Semi-Final Part I and Semi-Final Part II (each round 30 minutes & free choice of solo repertoire)
  • April 1:  Final (45 minutes & free choice of solo repertoire) and Grand-Prix Final
  • Important: Both piano concertos must be available:

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

  • The decision which piano concerto the two finalists will perform will be made after the semifinal Part II
    Concert Hall: Main Auditorium of the Alte Oper Frankfurt
  • April 2:  Departure of all nominees

Benefits and Awards:

  • The Laureate of the International German Piano Award 2019 will receive € 20,000.00
  •  Audience Award: € 3,000.00
  • Laureates’ concerts
  • Jury membership at the International German Piano Award 2019
  • Further benefits such as performance opportunities and contacts with record labels, orchestras and concert organizers are provided
  • CD-Recording LABEL GENUIN
  • IPF Masters

Costs:

  • Free application
  • The International Piano Forum covers the travelling costs worldwide such as full Hotel costs

Eligibility Requirements:

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Concerts

Semifinal I - March 31st
Semifinal II - March 31st
Final - April 1st

Semifinal I: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Semifinal II:  2.15 – 4.30 pm
Orchestra rehearsals: 6 – 9 pm

Final: 10.00 – 11.45 am

Tickets here:

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Grand-Prix Final Concert - April 1st

Big Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt
7.00 – 10.15 pm

Tickets here:

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Review 8th International German Piano Award 2018

Awardee and Finalists

The International German Piano Award 2018 went to HANS H. SUH and the FAZ-Audience-Award went to Tomoki Sakata!

Hans H. Suh

Tomoki Sakata

Live Stream

Experience the International German Piano Award again

Recording from the Semi-Final and Grand Final on April 8 und 9, 2018 by Klassik-TV