About us

Since its foundation in Frankfurt, Germany, the International Piano Forum aims to accompany pianists, who already achieved an extraordinary excellence in their performances. For this purpose, the Forum established the International German Piano Award (IGPA), a piano competition for outstanding pianists worldwide.

The International Piano Forum aims to support its prize winners in a sustainable way with deep enthusiasm and innovation. The mission of the Forum is among others to contribute to the conservation of culture and heritage in our society. Furthermore, the International Piano Forum Frankfurt offers classical concerts of highest standards. The award ceremony and concerts of the International German Piano Award at the Alte Oper Frankfurt are one of the most coveted classical music events. This event is traditionally the opening concert of the Musikmesse Frankfurt.

The Forum has also set itself the goal of sustainably preserving and supporting classical music as a valuable cultural asset by involving the younger generations.

We thank our award winners, nominees, jury members, spectators, partners and sponsors who accompany and support us. Our sincere thanks also go to the members of the International Piano Forum for their many years of commitment.

Maryam Maleki

Under the artistic Patronage of


Valery Gergiev

»The International Piano Forum promotes brilliant piano talents worldwide with great commitment and supports them in their international careers. A challenge I am pleased to accompany.«

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Lars Vogt

»The task of a pianist is diverse and includes an exact knowledge of the compositions, the composers, the period and the musical language. Most importantly it includes the deep understanding of one’s self and the boundless vastness, which is slumbering in all of us and composers have wonderfully expressed across all boundaries of time.«

Under the Patronage of

Foto Dr. Peter Ramsauer

Dr. Peter Ramsauer

»I am pleased that the International Piano Forum contributes with its name and network to the growing success of its excellent piano talents.
Despite countless other piano competitions, something has never existed before: the International German Piano Award. Thus, the International German Piano Award earns unlimited gratitude of top German and international piano talents.«


Dr. Petra Roth

»The International German Piano Award is a cultural highlight. Its reputation has now spread well beyond the borders of Germany and is highly appreciated as a distinction for promoting excellence with the highest standards.«