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The Tel-Aviv International Piano Competition: One of 14 Ways to Malta

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

Hi there,

Forty eight competitors from all over the world will come to Tel Aviv to take part in the Tel-Aviv International Piano Competition, which will take place at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University.

This is the first time that the competition will be held by the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University in collaboration with the European Foundation for Support of Culture, based in Malta.

WHEN: 8-16 September 2019 in four rounds

The competition in Israel is one of 14 different competitions around the world that will take place throughout 2019-2020 with the support of the European Foundation. The first competition was held in Hamburg-Germany, followed by competitions in Vienna-Austria, Washington-United States, Shanghai-China, Yerevan-Armenia, Tokyo-Japan, Moscow-Russia, London-UK, Zurich-Switzerland, Antwerp-Belgium, Seoul-South Korea, Rome-Italy and Berlin-Germany, all together constitute the "14 Ways to Malta International Piano Competition". Israel is the fifth point en route to the finals. In 2021, the competition will take place in Malta, with some 70 participants taking part, all first place winners in the prior competitions. They will compete for extraordinarily large cash prizes and the first place winner will also win / win a contract for many concerts around the world.

The Tel-Aviv International Piano Competition: One of 14 Ways to  Malta

Above: Maestro Dmitry Yablonsky, Israel. Credit: Lluis Costa

In the competition to be held in Israel, the winners of the first three places will win prizes of 50,000 euros, 25,000 euros and 10,000 euros and five first place pianists will also participate in the Malta competition in 2021.

All stages of the Piano Competition will take place at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. The list of participants in the competition will be published soon.

The Chairman of the Competition Jury and the Competition Center is Prof. Tomer Lev, Director of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University.

With him in the International Jury will sit: - Dmitri Alexeev, Russian / UK pianist - Farhad Badalbeyli, pianist, teacher and composer coming from Azerbaijan - Hsing-Chwen Giselle Hsin, pianist, piano teacher and director of the Institute of Music at Taipei University, Taiwan - Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky, Professor (emeritus) of piano and chamber music, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. Served as chairman of piano department and as deputy director of the School. - Prof. Asaf Zohar, Chairman of the Piano Department at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music

In addition, Professor Arie Vardi, who is also part of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music's piano department, will join in the final stages.

The pianists participating in the competition have already undergone an initial screening stage in which high professional skills were required.

The competition is divided into four rounds:

The first three stages will take place at Claremont Hall, and the pianists will play on two Hamburg Steinway pianos.

Round 1: The contestants will play a 25-30 minute recital, which will include the first movement from a piano sonata from works by Haydn, Mozart, Clementi and Beethoven's early works, as well as a romantic work known for its technical difficulty. The first phase will take place over three days between September 8-10th after which 12 participants will continue to the second round.

Round 2: The participants will perform a recital of up to an hour with a compulsory creation. Three excerpts from the "Childhood Memories" suite by Alexey Shor and a Complete Sonata by Beethoven or Schubert. Participants cannot repeat pieces that were played during the first round. The second round will take place between September 12-13th after which 6 participants will continue to the third round.

Round 3 (the semi-final): An entire concert will be played accompanied by a second piano, from a selection of classical and romantic works. The third round will take place on September 15th after which 3 participants will continue to the final round.

Round 4 (final): The competitors will play the same concerto played in the third round this time with a full orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony conducted by the music director of the event Dmitry Yablonsky. The final round will take place on September 16th at the Shlomo Lahat Opera House in Tel Aviv.

The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music will offer a package deal, at a very attractive price that will allow music enthusiasts to follow the rounds of the competition, and the various competitors.

TICKETS: The School of Music Hebrew Website or by email or by phone at 03-6407047.


The festival will be held under the artistic direction of Maestro Dmitry Yablonsky, during which 7 concerts will be held in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem.

Musical extravaganza Maestro Dmitry Yablonsky will conduct the Jerusalem Symphony. Guest Players: Well-known clarinet player Paul Meyer and pianist Alexander Ghindin. In the program: Mussorgsky, "Night on the Bare Mountain" and "Pictures at an Exhibition", the Clarinet Concerto and Orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber as well as two works by composer Alexey Shor, one for a piano and orchestra and the other for a clarinet and orchestra. Sept 11th at the Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem Theater at 20:00 Sept 15th at the Shlomo Lahat Opera House in Tel Aviv at 20:00.

A great musical concert Conrad Van Alphen, conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony, violinist Solomon Mintz. The program includes the opening for "Romeo and Juliet", by Tchaikovsky, a composition for a violin and orchestra by Alexey Shor, Rondo Capriccioso by Saint Saens and Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven. Sept 12th at the Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem at 20:00 Sept 14th at the Shlomo Lahat Opera House in Tel Aviv at 20:00

A piano recital performed by pianist Ingolf Wunder, a recital with works by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Shor. Sept 13th at the Zucker Hall in the Charles Bronfman Auditorium (Heichal HaTarbut) in Tel Aviv at 13:00.

The Piano Competition Final Concert Conductor Maestro Dmitry Yablonsky, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra The finalists of the competition will play a concerto for a piano and orchestra Sept 16th at the Shlomo Lahat Opera House in Tel-Aviv at 20:00

TICKETS Ticket prices for concerts in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv 99, 149, 189, 239 NIS Ticket prices for the piano recital at Zucker Hall, 149-189 NIS Tickets at the Israeli Opera English Website Tickets in Jerusalem on the English Website

Best, Talma

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