Nominees for the 10th edition of the Deutscher Pianistenpreis

International Piano Forum Frankfurt communicates the names of the seven young pianists invited to participate in the 10th annual Deutscher Pianistenpreis competition.

International Piano Forum Frankfurt announces that Professor Paul Dan, Professor Bernd Goetzke and Dmitri Levkovich, members of the selection jury for the 10th edition of the Internationaler Deutscher Pianistenpreis, selected the nominees from among the young pianists studying at German music universities who were invited by International Piano Forum and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) to apply for the competition.

Four pianists nominated by the German music universities:

Ziyu Liu, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, China
Hyelim Kim, Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, South Korea
Jung Eun Severin Kim, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, South Korea
Philipp Scheucher, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Austria

Three pianists nominated by International Piano Forum Frankfurt:

Rodolfo Leone, Italy 
Yutong Sun, China
Vurgun Vakilov, Azerbaijan


The seven nominees are to compete for the Deutscher Pianistenpreis in three rounds on March 29 and 30, 2020. At the end of the competition, the twelve jury members (international pianists, conductors and theater managers) will choose the winner of the sought-after music prize.

On March 31, the First Prize laureate will perform at the great hall of Frankfurt’s Alte Oper together with two previous prizewinners, the Russian pianist Alexei Melnikov (3rd Prize at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition) and his Canadian colleague Dmitri Levkovich (laureate of several international competitions), interpreting Chopin’s Piano Concerto Nr. 2, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Nr. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto Nr. 3 under the direction of three different conductors. Moreover, the audience at the venue and on the Internet will have the opportunity to choose the winner of the Audience’s Prize, sponsored by the FAZ newspaper.

As in previous years, C. Bechstein is among the official sponsors of the event and will make a grand piano of the Concert line available to the young competitors.