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(Including Online Competition Prizes)

Selected outstanding players will be eligible to receive the following prizes:

Junior (6-7)

1st Place: 150 euros

 2nd Place: 100 euros

 3rd Place: 75 euros

Junior (8-10)

1st Place: 150 euros

 2nd Place: 100 euros

 3rd Place: 75 euros


1st Place: 200 euros

 2nd Place:  100 euros

 3rd Place:  75 euros

Senior (15-18)

1st Place: 300 euros

 2nd Place: 200 euros

 3rd Place: 100 euros

Senior (19-up)

1st Place: 300 euros

 2nd Place: 200 euros

 3rd Place: 100 euros

-Invitation to perform in the Gala Ceremony Concert in the Viennese Hall, Salzburg on October 18th 2020 

(For Selected winners who have applied for the in-person competition)

-Masterclass for selected winners with Walter Prossnitz, open to all (Online)

-Masterclass for selected winners with two outstanding professors from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Mikhail Lidsky and Polina Fedotova  (Online)

-Invitation to perform at Beethoven Haus in June 2021 

(Date subject to change, travel expenses/accomodation not included)

-Online appointment with the jury about the player's performance

-Certificate signed by the jury and the competition founder

-Special prizes awarded on the event day.

-5 selected winners will be invited to perform in the 3rd International Chopin Easter Festival in Krakow, Poland in April/July/August 2021

-Invitation to perform in the Katarzyna Concert, at the Polonia Hall in Cracow, 2021

-Invitation to perform in the International Piano Festival Gloria Artis in Vienna 2021


Participants can also be scheduled to talk personally with our Jury members in Salzburg. They can meet and receive feedback about their performance, or gain insight from the Jury about their experiences as professional musicians.



Mikhail Lidsky


Born 1968 in Moscow, Mikhail Lidsky started studying piano at the age of five. In 1975, he was admitted to Gnessin Moscow Specialised Music School (class of Marina Marshak-Young). From 1978 until graduation and later (1987-1992) at Gnessin Russian Academy of Music he studied with Prof. Vladimir Tropp.

At the age of 13 played with orchestra for the first time, at 15 – gave his first recital. While studying, gave many performances in various cities of the USSR as a soloist and chamber music player.

At the Eighth All-Russia Piano Competition (Kislovodsk, 1989) he was awarded 1st prize (joint), prize of Russia's Music Society and a special price for the performance of Prokofiev's 2nd Piano Concerto. Since then, he has never taken part in competitions.

Mikhail Lidsky’s concert career includes numerous appearances  in Russia and neighboring countries, as well as Belgium, UK, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Finland, France, Turkey, Taiwan, and Japan.

Mikhail Lidsky’s vast and versatile repertoire encompasses works by J.S. Bach (Concertos, Partitas, etc.), Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart (Concertos, Sonatas, etc.), Beethoven (32 Sonatas, 5 Concertos, Variations, etc.), Schubert (Sonatas, Impromtus, Moments Musicaux, etc.), Schumann (e.g. Kreisleriana, Sonata in F minor, all compositions for piano and orchestra), Chopin, Liszt (12 Transcendental Studies, Sonata in B minor. Concerto No.1, and many other works), Brahms (e.g. Concerto No.2, Haendel and Paganini Variations), Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov. Scriabin (Piano Concerto, solo part in “Prometheus”, Sonatas and many other piano pieces), Medtner (Concerto No.1, sonatas, Fairy-tales, chamber music, etc.), Debussy, Ravel (both Piano Concertos, Gaspard de la Nuit, etc.), Stravinsky, Hindemith (Ludus tonalis), Myaskovsky (all piano sonatas), Prokofiev, Shostakovich, etc.

Among other, Mikhail Lidsky played with the following orchestras: The Russian State Symphony Orchestra, The Russian National Orchestra, The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, The Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. His partner conductors are Alexander Vedernikov, Feodor Glushchenko, Arnold Katz, Dmitri Liss, Vladimir Ponkin, Ravil Martynov, Vladimir Verbitsky, Yuri Simonov, and others. Mikhail Lidsky performs chamber music with Moscow Virtuosi, Mozart Quartet, Domenico Nordio, and some other famous musicians.

From 1997 on, Mikhail Lidsky has been annual guest of Serate musicali, Milan, giving numerous recitals and concerto appearances, as well as chamber music performances.

From 2007 on, Mikhail Lidsky has been remaining the only pianist of his generation to undertake annual recital series at Moscow International Music House, having already performed e.g. 32 Beethoven Sonatas, all-Mozart, all-Schubert, all-Schumann and all-Chopin programmes, and four recital Liszt series. These series are being replicated in many cities of Russia. Besides, he is giving numerous appearances as a soloist and chamber music player, e.g. closing Antalya Piano Festival 2010 in Turkey by playing Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with Moscow Virtuosi led by Vladimir Spivakov, performing Medtner’s First Piano Concerto with Moscow Philharmonic at the Russian Piano Music Festival (Moscow, November 2012) and Prokofiev’s Fifth Piano Concerto with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic led by Alexander Vedernikov (Saint Petersburg, February 2013).

Mikhail Lidsky has released many CDs, of which six have been published by DENON, and three by DECCA (e.g. Brahms’ sonatas for violin/viola and piano recorded with Domenico Nordio). In 2017 he recorded the collection of Nikolay Miaskovsky’s piano sonatas released in 2018 by ‘Moscow Conservatory Records’.

From 1996 on, Mikhail Lidsky has been teaching at Moscow State Conservatoire. He had been an assistant of Elisso Virsaladze until 2003, having become an associate professor thereupon.

Polina Fedotova 

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Russian pianist, Honoured Artist of Russia, laureate of International Competitions (including First Prize of Chopin international competition – Spain, 1992), professor of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatorie, academician of the Peter’s Academy of Sciences and Arts. She was born in the family of outstanding conductor Victor Fedotov, who worked at the Mariinsky Theater in St.Petersburg for almost fifty years, conducted in the world’s best theatres.

Polina Fedotova graduated Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire at 1986 under professor Yevgeny Malinin, a famous pianist, later she continued her education on the post graduate course with professor Valery Kastelsky. Both professors brought her up in the traditions of romantic school of Henry Neighaus.

   “Polina Fedotova is an exceptionally interesting musician, whose concerts always attract true lovers of piano music. Her  performances lack self-advertisement; they are marked with a wonderful sense of style and fine taste. Her brilliant virtuosity does not overshadow rich emotions and profoundness of her interpretations” (“Culture”).

   “Polina Fedotova has the real power and strength of the Russian piano school, wich allows her to transmit all the subtlety of dynamics of the great Polish composer”. (“Actualle”)

Fedotova started as a soloist of the Moscow State Philharmony in 1996. Her concerts annually takes place at the Halls of Moscow Conservatorie, Sanct-Petersburg Philharmony and many others halls and towns of Russia. Her mastery was appreciative by public of Japan, USA, China, Mexico, Israel, The Emirates, Hong Kong,  Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia  and other countries. She played with Symphony orchestras under conductering V.Cernushenko, V.Fedotov, V.Dudarova, V.Ponkin, J.Kochnev. Constant friendship links P.Fedotova with Moscow Chamber orchestra “The Seasons” with whom she performs in annually festivals, takes part in chamber programs. Polina Fedotova’s repertoire is wide: Tchaikovsky and Bach, Rachmaninov and Beethoven, Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, Shubert, List, Ravel. Chopin’s works ossuipies a special place in her repertoire.

Polina Fedotova frequently takes part in the jury of All-Russian and International Competitions, teaches master classes at the different towns of Russia and abroad.

Pianist made a lot of records, amoung wich  Rakhmaninov’s, Tchaikovsky’s, Liszt’s, piano works, Tchaikovsky Piano Сoncerts No1 and No2, Ravel Piano Concerts, Prokofiev Piano Concerts No1, 3, 4

Last year Polina Fedotova’s concerts took place in Israel, Palestine (Christmas Festival), masterclass in Palestinian National Conservatory. She was in the Emirates with piano recital and as a member of Jury Al Ain Festival-Competition “Gardens of Sheikh Zayed”. In April 2015 – concerts in Dubai, Abu-Dhabi and Al Ain during Festival “Russian Seasons”, 2016 – concert and masterclass in Hong Kong.

2015 – first time appearance in Mexico with masterclasses (San Louis Potosi, Zacatecas and Mexico – Escuela Superior de Musica) and took part in Piano Festival “Blanco & Negro”. 2016 – concert in Mexico – first performance of piano works by Irina Shishkina and presentation of new album “Cristales de recuerdos”.

Milana Chernyavska


Milana Chernyavska, a German artist with Ukrainian roots. Looking back at her impressive career, she established herself as one of the leading pianists and pedagogues of our times. Her critics agree with Alfred Brendel, who wrote that “Happiness was complete when one listened to Milana Chernyavska”. Since 2009 she is a piano professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. She is also a professor at the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein since 2010. With her doctorate theses "The evaluation and pedagogical aspects of the theory of interpretation" she leads a discourse on insights from a perspective of musicology.

Milana Chernyavska is a sought-after teacher at international master classes as well as a jury member at various prestigious piano competitions, such as the ARD in Munich, the Busoni Competition, the Mozart Competition in Salzburg , the Santa Cecilia in Porto Competition or the Bluethner Goldaward in Vienna. Her students constantly win top prizes at important international competitions as Santander Paloma O`Shea, Ferruccio Busoni, Maria Canals, Vendome Prize at the Verbier Festival, Vladimir Horowitz and competitions in Los Angeles , Ettlingen, San Marino, Malta and many more.

Milana Chernyavska appears regularly at international festivals and major music centers around the world. She performed at the Lucerne Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, Pablo Casals Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwetzingen Festival, and in halls like Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Munich’s Herkulessaal, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and St Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall. Her artistic achievements were honored with numerous national and international awards, including competitions in Paris, Florence and Kyiv, where she won a gold medal at the International Piano Competition “Vladimir and Regina Horowitz”.

As a soloist Milana Chernyavska performs with many renowned orchestras, while audiences and critics cheer for her solo recitals. In 2013 she played at the Ruhr Piano Festival, where she was awarded the prestigious Alfred Brendel Prize. Milana Chernyavska's discography contains more than 20 CDs which have been published with such world leading labels as Decca, Sony, EMI, and others. Her recordings received international prizes like the Diapason d'Or, BBC Music Award and Pizzicato Super Sonic Award. In 2014 she received Germany's most important media prize - the "Echo Prize", in the category "Classical without Borders". Apart from her solo career, Milana Chernyavska is a celebrated chamber musician. As a recital partner, she appears regularly with such artists as Julia Fischer, Lisa Batiashvili, David Garrett, Arabella Steinbacher, Sebastian Klinger, the Vogler Quartet, Maximilian Hornung, Daniel Müller-Schott, Susanna Yoko Henkel, and others. She founded the Milander Quartett, which has quickly developed into a sought-after ensemble and was described by the press as “four excellent instrumental soloists who have found each other in a perfect harmony” after the quartet’s debut in Munich Philharmonic.

At the age of seven, she played her first concert at the Philharmonic Hall in her native town of Kyiv. In 1990, she graduated with distinction from the State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where Prof. W. Sagaidachny was her professor. This was followed by master classes with renowned teachers and famous pianists, including Alfred Brendel, Dmitri Bashkirov, Vladimir Krainev, Sergio Perticaroli, and Alexander Lonquich. In 1994 Milana Chernyavska received the most important award of her homeland, “Merited Artist of Ukraine”. From 1995 to 1998 she completed the master study of Prof. Margarita Höhenrieder and Prof. Gerhard Oppitz at the Munich Music Academy.

Hanna Holeska


Student of Prof. A. Jasiński, R. Strokosz-Michalak, and T. Herbut, Hanna Holeksa graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Katowice and Hochschule der Künste Bern.

Prize-winner of M. Magin International Piano Competition in Paris (1992, 2nd prize), 3rd National F. Liszt Piano Competition in Wrocław (1995, 1st prize), International K. Penderecki Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Krakow (1997, 2nd prize), Odd-Fellows Musikpreis in Bern (2003, 1st prize), and RAHN Musikpreis in Zurich (2004, 1st prize), she is also holder of several prizes and distinctions for collaborative pianists at international instrumental competitions, as well as at a number of national events.

As accompanist, she collaborates with violin, viola, cello and double-bass players, as well as flutists, clarinetists and vocalists. As soloist and chamber musician, she plays concerts at home and abroad.

Her repertoire covers solo and chamber pieces from the Baroque to contemporary music. In 2011, defended PhD dissertation “The Piano in the Works of Karol Szymanowski”, which was the pinnacle of several years of her fascination with the composer, and work on his chamber output.

In 2015, Hanna Holeksa was conferred a postdoctoral degree in art.

Currently a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Poznań, where she is a collaborative pianist, and heads class of chamber music.

Mariusz Drzewicki


Mariusz Drzewicki has graduated with  honors from Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, as a student of prof.Tadeusz Chmielewski. At present, he is professor and haed of chair of the Piano Department in the parent Academy. Throughout his career, he has perfected his skills on masterclasss run by such prominent pianists as Wiktor Mierżanow and Rudolf Buchbinder. What is more, he has been a scholarship holder of the Ministry of Arts and Culture, Ferenc Liszt Association in Wrocław, Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and Stiftung für Internationale Meisterkurse für Musik in Zürich. In 1995, he represented Poland in Fryderyk Chopin Pianistic Competition in Warsaw. For many years, Mariusz Drzewicki has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Poland and abroad ( Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Austria, Sweden, Latvia, Great Britain, Norway, Italy). He has participated in numerous festivals, e.g. Festival of Polish Pianism in Słupsk, Polnishe Tage in Darmstadt, Days of Polish Culture in Tobolsk, Józef Hoffmann International Festival in Nałęczów, International Pianistic Festival in Bolzano and many others. He has also given many concerts in Żelazowa Wola, the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin. Mariusz Drzewicki has co-operated with the National Balet of Latvia in producing a balet performance based on the music of Fryderyk Chopin. This was also a part of a project realized in partnership with Małgorzata Potocka and Sabat Theatre . Another undertaking worth mentioning is a great Viennese production entitled ‘Scala Soluna di Vienna’. For a long time, Mariusz Drzewicki has performed chamber music  with a violinist, Łukasz Błaszczyk. Together, they performed the premiere of Concertina for Violin, Piano and Symphony Orchestra by Zdzisław Szostak, accompanied by the Orchestra of Łodź  Philharmonic and conducted by the composer. The pianist has recorded for the Polish Radio and Television as well as the television of Latvia and the Netherlands.In 1999, he released a CD with music of Fryderyk Chopin. In 2010 a DVD has been released with piano compositions by Izaak Albeniz. Mariusz Drzewicki has also recorded soundtracks for films and cartoons. ( ‘My Bicycle’, ‘Treflik Family’). Mariusz Drzewicki has  been an active teacher whose activity goes far beyond the Musical University. He runs workshops and seminars in Poland and abroad ( Latvia, Italy, Spain,Norway) . He is also invited to be a member of jury in many  pianistic competitions.

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