International Piano Forum

International German Piano Award - Internationaler Deutscher Pianistenpreis 2019

Under the Patronage of Valery Gergiev and Lars Vogt

Founded in 2008 by friends and supporters of classical piano music, it offers outstanding young national and international artistic personalities a platform accompanying them on their way to an international career.

»To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable!«

v. Beethoven


Congratulations to the winners of the 9th International German Piano Award 2019!


Jeung Beum Sohn – Prizewinner
Such an emotional moment:
Hans H. Suh winner of the 8th #IGPA hands over the trophy to his successor JeungBeum Sohn! Warmest congratulations for this great achievement!

Luka Okros – Winner of the FAZ-Audience Award!

Also our deepest thanks to all our nominees for their excellent performances!

Nominations 2019

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Sergey Belyavskiy, Russia


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He already belongs to the elite of pianists of the new generation! Great teachers such as Prof. E. Virsaladze, A. Jasinski, L. Howard, Y. Kaplinsky and A. Schiff have discovered and formed his talent!

Rodolfo Leone, Italy


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A talent in the next Generation of concert pianists! Latest Achievement: Winner of the prestigious International Beethoven Competition.

Lika Bibileishvili, Georgia


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Praised by critics:
“… physical power … she amazes the audience with her almost vivid clarity, emotional and intellectual dimensions of the respective compositions tangible…”

Luka Okros, Georgia


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He is established as one of the most promising pianists of his generation. Praised by critics as “intense, strong and natural, with an impressive creativity”. Lang Lang said about his Liszt’s performance:  “In such a technical work, he does not deprive musicality. This is a rarity!”.

Sahun Hong, Korea

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Praised by critics as an “artist already of enormous prowess with “lots of clarity, confidence, and wisdom”. Latest achievement: Winner of the 2017 Vendome Prize Verbier, 2nd Prize 2017 International Beethoven Competition.

JeungBeum Sohn, Korea


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Latest achievement: 2017 first Korean pianist winning 1st prize at the Munich ARD International Music Competition in Germany: Powerful, ineffable technic with mature and sincere musical sense.

Laureate-Jury 2019

Pavel Baleff


Chief Conductor of the
Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, since 2007, Bulgaria

Joseph Caballé-Domenech

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Conductor, Designated Music Director of the Bogotá Philharmonic, General Music Director of the Opera and the Staatskapelle Halle-Saale, Music Director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Spain

Remy Franck


Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Music Magazine Pizzicato, President of the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards ICMA, Luxembourg

Justus Frantz

Justus Frantz

Pianist, Conductor, Ambassador of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Holder of the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chief Conductor of the Philharmonie of the Nations, Germany

Jury Gilbo

Juri Gilbo

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Russian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra St. Petersburg, Russia

Sascha Goetzel


Principal Conductor of the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra, Austria

Christian Ludwig

Christian Ludwig

Conductor, worked as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra (Germany) and Chief Conductor of the Gwangju Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Artistic Director of Music Festival „Erftkreiszyklus“, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Germany

Prof. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy


Pianist, Professor for Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim, at the École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot, at the International Piano Academy Brescia and Member of Lang Lang International Music Foundation, Germany

Hans H. Suh


Winner of the 8th International German Pianist Award 2018 and Isang Yun International Music Competition 2016, Prizewinner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2017, Prizewinner of the International Beethoven Competition Vienna 2017, Prizewinner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition 2016, Prizewinner of the Sendai International Music Competition 2016, South Korea

Xin Wang


Pianist, Artistic Director of International Piano Festvial Geilenkirchen, Germany
Artistic Director of Music Festivals “Eifel Musicale” & “Montjoie Musicale”, Germany – People´s Republic of China

Pierre van der Westhuizen


Pianist, Director of the Gilmore Festival and Awards, South Africa/USA

Jie Yuan


Pianist, Chair of the Piano Department at the Harbin Conservatory of Music, Vice President and Chair of the Piano Department at JiLin College of the Arts, Vice President and Director of International Affairs at the Hangzhou Liangzhu International Arts Academy, Image Ambassador of the Hong Kong Piano Music Society, Image Ambassador of China – South Korea International Arts Festival and Image Ambassador of the Beijing University Love Foundation, People’s Republic of China

Nominiation-Jury 2019

Professor Paul Dan

Paul Dan

Professor Grigory Gruzman

Grigory Gruzman

Professor Georg Friedrich Schenck

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Concert Dates and Venues

March 31: Semifinal I  9.30 am – 1 pm                
March 31: Semifinal II 2.15 pm – 4.30 pm   
March 31: Orchestra rehearsals 6 pm – 9 pm
April 1: Final 10 am – 11.45 am
All performances in the Big Hall, Literaturhaus Frankfurt


Grand-Prix Final Concert

April 1: 7 pm – 10.15 pm
Big Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt


Alte Oper freigestellt

10th International Piano Award 2020

We are glad to publish the dates of the 10th International Piano Award 2020:

Semifinal II & II: March 30th 2020
Final and Grand-Prix Final Concert: March 31st 2020

Live Stream

Experience the International German Piano Award 2018:


Dmitri Levkovich at Schloss Paffendorf

Date: 26. May 2019

Time: 19:00 Uhr

Location: Schloss Passendorf

Dmitri Levkovich at Schloss Paffendorf

Dmitri Levkovich – Chopin

Date: 14. July 2019

Time: 19:00 Uhr

Location: Weilburg

Dmitri Levkovich – Chopin

Andrejs Osokins & Hans Suh – Mozart & Beethoven

Date: 28. July 2019

Time: 16:00 Uhr

Location: Weilburger Schlosskonzerte

Andrejs Osokins & Hans Suh – Mozart & Beethoven