1. InternationalMusic Competition



Artistic Director prof. Alessandra Schettino

President of jury

Klaus Kaufmann - Germany

Klaus Kaufmann was born in Rosenheim (Germany) in 1948. On completing his regular schooling, he studied piano and conducting in Munich, Salzburg and Stuttgart with Wan-Ing Oei-Ong, Wladimir Horbowski and Gerhard Wimberger. After his studies he began teaching at the Musikhochschule in Munich and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. From 1982-1984 he was also visiting professor of piano at the Musashino Academy in Tokyo. He has been an extremely active concert performer in numerous Asian countries. He was regularly invited as a member of jury to many international competitions such as “Maria Canals” in Barcelona, Concorso pianistico in Senigallia, EPTA competition in Zagreb, Aarhus etc.. Besides teaching, he has made numerous broadcasts and CD recordings. Among others, he recorded several CDs for Koch-International. Klaus Kaufmann has been professor of piano at the University Mozarteum  in Salzburg since 2000. He was dean of studies for two years and head of the keyboard instruments department for over ten years. He is regularly invited to masterclasses in Japan, China etc. and he was coordinator of the ASEA-Uninet and EURASIA-PACIFIC-UNINET (EPU) networks. Together with EPU he also established the Austrian-Chinese-Music-University. He was artistic director of the youth competition in Zhuhai, China, for several years. At the Mozarteum, the “Juries in Competition” competition took place under his artistic direction.For the first time, three independent juries were active in this competition.

Vincenzo Balzani - Italy

Vincenzo Balzani graduated under Alberto Mozzati Magna cum Laude from G. Verdi Conservatory of music Milano. 1965 he won the Ricordi International. 1967 he got Liszt prize at Maria Canals in Barcelona. 1971 he was top prize winner in many famous competitions as Pozzoli, Treviso, G. B. Viotti Internationals. 1975 he successfully represented RAI television at Ravel Competition in Paris. He has performed 1200 concerts (recitals, chamber and symphonics)  all over the world including the most prestigious Italian theatres and festivals (Scala, San Carlo, Regio-Turin, Olimpico-Rome,Festival Michelangeli,Festival dei Due Mondi, Settembre Musica). He is recording on Radio and TV and has recorded several LPs and CDs including  Scarlatti, Mozart, Hummel, Beethoven, Chopin, Rossini , Schubert-Liszt. Since 1973 he became piano professor in the Conservatory of Piacenza  and since 1996 in the Conservatory of Milan. He is jury member  of many international competitions (G.B. Viotti, Pozzoli, London, Madrid, Tchaikovsky junior, Takamatsu, Lion, Hummel, Shenzhen) and holds courses, masterclasses lectures in Italy and abroad.  He is artistic director of “Città di Cantù”, “Valsesia Musica”, “Pianotalents”, “Pozzolino”, “Monterosa Kawai”, “Tadini International” and “Champion’s Keyboard Piano Competition Online”. Since 2010 he has been artistic consultant of the prestigious “Pozzoli” competition in Seregno and from 2012 to 2020 of Pozzolino. In 2009 in Milano he has founded the Pianofriends association organizing festivals, concerts, stages. He is president of PianoIn association. Since January 2018 he has been regularly invited to hold concerts, seminars and masterclasses in the most important halls of the People’s Republic of China and in Hong Kong as testimonial of the “Yangtze River Grand Piano”. He collaborates with “Parsons Limited” of Hong Kong on an important educational-musical project for the  childhood.

Azra Medić – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian pianist Azra Medić is active as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
The first steps of her musical education were in Zagreb and Sarajevo, where she finished her university studies with the award “The Best Student of the University in Sarajevo”. Her professors were Neda Stanković (studied with Leonid Brumberg and Dubravka Tomšić) and Boris Kraljević (studied with Lev Naumov). After studying in Sarajevo, she continued postgraduate at the Academy of Music in Zagreb with Đuro Tikvica (studied with Tatjana Nikolajeva and Boris Romanov), at the Academy of Music in Kassel with Ivan Urwalov, and at the University of Music in Freiburg with Elza Kolodin.
During her studies she won the best prizes at international competitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as many awards at international competitions in Russia (Moscow), Italy (Gorizia, Rome), France (Paris). Azra Medić took part in master classes with Christopher Taylor, Leslie Howard, Peter Feuchtwanger, Noel Flores, Martin Hughes, Rudolf Kehrer, Igor Khudolei, Diane Anderson, Markus Schirmer, Avedis Kouyoumdjan. After graduating in Freiburg in 2012, she started working at the Music Academy in Sarajevo, first as an assistant at the Piano department and from 2015 as an Associate professor. She has played numerous solo and chamber music concerts in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, Greece.  Her repertoire is very broad, ranging from baroque to contemporary music, including renowned Bosnian and Croatian composers. She actively gives masterclasses in music schools in Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as abroad. She is a regular jury member at state and international competitions

Klaus Sticken  - Austria

Klaus Sticken is a versatile and distinctive pianist with over 25 years of concert experience. He performs in such venues as the Tonhalle Zurich, the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Philharmonie in Kiev, the Megaron in Athens, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Musikhalle in Hamburg. His successes in the Concours Clara Haskil in Vevey, the Grand Prix Maria Callas in Athens and the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan led, amongst
other engagements, to concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre Lausanne, the Ukraine State Orchestra and the Berlin Symphonic and Moscow Symphonic Orchestras. He undertakes concert tours throughout Europe and in the Far East. His creative engagement with piano music is well displayed in the theme-based recitals for various radio stations, the Deutschlandradio, Radio Suisse Romande and Westdeutsche, Mitteldeutsche and Hessische Rundfunk and others. Sticken also works with experimentally minded partners such as the Kuss Quartet or the author and pianist Cord Garben and tries out new methods of presenting music and text with the poet Oskar Ansull. Recordings for the CD label Thorofon and many radio productions of seldom heard masterpieces by Clementi, Reubke, Strauss, Martin, Honegger, Korngold and Rota provide evidence of the wide-ranging nature of his repertoire.
Through his teachers Vladimir Krainev, Vitaly Margulis, Gyorgy Sebok and Alfred Brendel Klaus Sticken has become familiar with very varied approaches to music. Besides his concert activity serves as a professor of piano at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.

Andrew Zolinsky – Great Britain

Andrew Zolinsky’s unique style of programming and his individual interpretations have secured performances at many prestigious venues and festivals. His work with living composers brings a vivid freshness, energy and passion to his interpretations of music from previous eras. Though a noted performer of contemporary repertoire, Andrew enjoys performing a wide range of music spanning several musical periods. His concerto repertoire includes Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Barber, he has performed these composers with major orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lorraine, and has worked with many distinguished conductors such as Stefan Asbury, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Brönnimann, Diego Masson, Andre De Ridder, David Robertson and Pascal Rophe. Andrew has given World and regional premieres of many of David Lang’s works, including the world premiere in New York of the complete set of Memory pieces. Lang’s beautiful piano piece This was written by hand was written especially for Andrew; he has recorded both this and the Memory Pieces on the Cantaloupe label. Andrew is also very closely associated with the music of Unsuk Chin. He has performed her complete Etudes for solo piano on many occasions, including the French (Festival Musica in Strasbourg), London (Wigmore hall) and Italian (Venice Biennale) premieres. Andrew also gave the London première of her Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. As part of the BBC’s ‘Total immersion’ series in 2011, Andrew gave the UK premiere of the Double Concerto with percussionist Owen Gunnell and the London Sinfonietta conducted by Stefan Asbury at the Barbican Centre. In addition to Lang and Chin, Andrew has, on many occasions, performed works by Laurence Crane, Michael Finnissy, Michael Zev Gordon, Simon Holt, Patrick Ozzard-Low, Valentin Silvestrov and Diderik Wagenaar; Finnissy, Zev Gordon, Lang and Holt have written and dedicated pieces to him. Andrew has also performed at most of the major UK venues, and at Merkin Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, the Venice Biennale, International Piano series at London’s Southbank Centre, Piano Rarities Festival in Husum, Germany and in China, the Czech republic, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Spain, Taiwan and Canada. Andrew gives masterclasses and concerts each year at the Forum Musikae International Summer School in Madrid. He was President of the jury at the 8th International Contemporary Piano Competition of Orlèans, for Youth, 2019.
Andrew is professor of piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and at Goldsmiths, University of London.