The International Piano Forum – a summit of internationally acclaimed pianists, a podium for outstanding young artists from all over the globe to showcase their instrumental mastery. The International Piano Forum is the initiator of the International German Piano Award which is donated yearly. The prize money amounts to a total of € 20,000. The International German Piano Award has the objective to find and promote outstanding pianists worldwide. Yet, alone being nominated for the International German Piano Award is an honor to extraordinary talent. The following support of the nominees provides concerts at famous national and international concert halls and contacts to conductors as well as orchestras. Last but not least, the association supports the production of CDs, websites, an exclusive artist portfolio and much more.

In the past years, the prize has gone to Amir Tebenikhin 2011, Lukas Geniusas 2012, Dmitri Levkovich 2013, Misha Namirovsky 2014, Yekwon Sunwoo 2015, Wataru Hisasue 2016, Eric Lu 2017 and Hans H. Suh in 2018. The FAZ-Audience-Award 2018 went to Tomoki Sakata. Since 2016 the International German Piano Award bears the suffix “powered by C. Bechstein”.

9th International German Piano Award 2019

Nominations and Programme

Sergey Belyavskiy, Russia


© Sergey Belyavskiy

Semifinal I

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonate Nr. 23, f-Moll, op. 57 (Appassionata)
Franz Liszt Fantastisches Rondo (“El Contrabandista”), Nr. 2, op. 5

Semifinal II

Modest Mussorgski Bilder einer Ausstellung


Franz Liszt Transcendental Études, Nr. 11 & Nr. 5
Sergei Taneev Präludium und Fuge, gis-Moll, op.29
Sergei Prokofiev Sonate Nr. 6, A-Dur, op.82

Lika Bibileishvili, Georgia


© Lika Bibileishvili

Semifinal I

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonate Nr. 28, A-Dur, op. 101
Franz Liszt Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 13

Semifinal II

Franz Liszt Sonate h-Moll S178


Claude Debussy Images II
Sergei Prokofiev Sonate Nr. 6, A-Dur, op.82

Sahun Hong, Korea

Sahun 2

© Sahun Hong

Semifinal I

Johann Sebastian Bach Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge, d-Moll, BWV 903
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonate, Nr. 6, F-Dur, op. 10, Nr. 2
Sergei Prokofiev Toccata in d-Moll, op. 11

Semifinal II

Frédéric Chopin Nocturne Nr. 1, c-Moll, op. 48
Ludwig van Beethoven 15 Variationen, Es-Dur, op. 35


Frédéric Chopin Scherzo Nr. 2, b-Moll op. 31
Aaron Copland Klavier Variationen
Johannes Brahms Variationen und Fuge, B-Dur, op. 24

Rodolfo Leone, Italy


© Andrei Grilc

Semifinal I

Ludwing van Beethoven  32 Variationen, c-Moll, WoO 80
Frédéric Chopin Polonaise-Fantasie As-Dur op. 61

Semifinal II

Franz Liszt “Vallée d’Obermann”
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonate Nr. 23, f-Moll, op. 57 (Appassionata)


Ludwig van Beethoven Sechs Bagatellen op. 126
Sergei Rachmaninoff Sonate, Nr. 2, b-Moll, op. 36

Luka Okros, Georgia


© Egor Matasov

Semifinal I

Franz Schubert 4 Impromptus, D. 899, op. 90

Semifinal II

Frédéric Chopin Sonate Nr. 2, b-Moll, op. 35
Sergei Prokofiev Sonate Nr. 3 a-Moll, op. 28


Franz Liszt Sonate h-Moll S178
Johann Sebastian Bach/Alexander Siloti  
Präludium, h-Moll, BWV 855a
Franz Liszt Ungarische Rhapsodie, Nr. 2, cis-Moll

JeungBeum Sohn, Korea


© JeungBeum Sohn

Semifinal I

Franz Schubert Sonate a-Moll, D 784
Alexander Scriabin Sonate Nr. 5, op. 53

Semifinal II

Franz Liszt Sonate h-Moll S178


Peter Tschaikowski Dumka op.59
Sergei Rachmaninoff Étude-Tableaux Nr.1, op.39
Frédéric Chopin Étude Nr. 10, h-Moll, op. 25
Franz Liszt  Grandes Études de Paganini, Nr. 6
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonate Nr. 32, c-Moll, op. 111

Grand-Prix Final Concert

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© Justus Frantz

Maestro Justus Frantz,
Philharminie Baden Baden & 2 Finalists

Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

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

The Competition Rounds and Dates

Semifinal I - March 31st
Semifinal II - March 31st
Final - April 1st

Semifinal I: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Semifinal II:  2.15 – 4.30 pm
Orchestra rehearsals: 6 – 9 pm

Final: 10.00 – 11.45 am

Tickets here:

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Grand-Prix Final Concert - April 1st

Big Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt
7.00 – 10.15 pm

Tickets here:

Alte Oper freigestellt


Watch on April 1 at 7pm  the performances of the two finalists with the two Piano Concertos Brahms No. 1 and Rachmaninoff No. 2 from the Great Hall of the Alte Oper Frankfurt!  Right after two performances, the winner of the 9th International German Piano Award 2019 and the FAZ-Audience-Award will be announced!