Congratulations to Hans H. Suh, who won the International German Piano Award at the Alte Oper Frankfurt this Monday evening. Congratulations also to Tomoki Sakata, who won the Audience Award! Thank you very much to all participants for their marvelous recitals on Bechstein!
The nomination-jury consisting of Prof. Paul-Badura Skoda, Prof. Paul Dan and Prof. Bernd Goetzke gave a great contribution to find extraordinary talents, who applied numerously from all around the world (from Siberia to Australia) for a nomination for the 8th International German Piano Award. Under the supervision of a notary, six particularly outstanding pianists were nominated: Alexei Melnikov, Tomoki Sakata, Hans H. Suh, Antonia Suhanova, Alexey Sychev and Amadeus Wiesensee.
Last weekend the semifinals and the final took place in Frankfurt. The jury: Howard Griffiths, professor Robert Levin, Eric Lu, professor Wojciech Rajski, professor Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, Reinhard Seehafer, professor Lars Vogt and Jie Yuan.
The finalists Tomoki Sakata and Hans H. Suh performed a recital in the morning at Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium and the Grande Finale in the evening. More than 12.000 people watched the 8th International German Piano Award IGPA in Live stream from the Alte Oper Frankfurt and could vote for the FAZ-audience awardee!
Both finalists performed the piano concerto No. 1 by Tschaikowsky with the Staatskapelle Halle and conductor Howard Griffiths. Tomoki Sakata won the Audience Award, Hans H. Suh the International German Piano Award. Congratulations to the winners and all nominees!