21. — 25. April 2022


2. InternationalMusic Competition



Artistic Director prof. Alessandra Schettino

Vincenzo Balzani - Italy

President of jury

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.

Andreas Frölich - Germany

German pianist Andreas Frölich studied with Stefan Askenase, Vitaly Margulis in Freiburg and Pavel Gililov in Cologne. He was prizewinner of several international piano competitions, as in Senigallia, Finale Ligure, Vienna, Milano, and many others… He concertises in the most famous venues in Europe, South America, Asia, South Africa and Australia ,as well as in the most important music fertivals , such as Rheingau Musikfestival, Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Salzburg, Emilia Romagna Festival, Schubertiade Roskilde and many other Festivals worldwide. As a soloist Andreas Frölich appeared with the most famous international orchestras.
He recorded for many national (in Germany) and international radio stations and released more than 40 CD´s (a number of them award winning) for different labels like OEHMS CLASSICS, CPO, EMI, BMG, Divox, Signum, Fono.
Andreas Frölich is artistic director and chairman of the International MozArte piano competition Aachen, artistic director of the “MozArte” international music Festival and artistic leader of the “Orpheo concert series” for young prizewinners in Kerkrade/NL.
He is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln – Aachen and Kalaidos Musikhochschule Zürich and professor at the Talent music Masters Academy in Brescia, guest professor at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg, the Euro Arts Academy, the Online Piano Masterclass Academy in Spain and he gives masterclasses worldwide. In the last years his students won more than 150 prizes (first and second) at international piano competitions. He is often invited as jury member in many international piano competitions. Andreas Frölich is an official Steinway Artist.

Aki Kuroda - Japan

After graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, she furthered her studies under Prof. Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Hans Leygraf and Bruno Mezzena. She won numerous national and international competitions (French Music Competition, Special Prize for the Performance of Contemporary Repertoire at the Contemporary Piano Music Competition in Spain, Contemporary Music Competition of the Japan Society for Contemporary Music). She has taken part in important festivals, such as ISCM World New Music Days, Suntory Summer Festival, etc., playing also numerous first performances. In addition to her work as a pianist, she composes and transcribes music for television programmes and commercials. She currently collaborates with renowned musicians, including conductor Giorgio Bernasconi, Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet), Elena Casoli (guitar), Ole Edvard Antonsen (trumpet) and the Prometeo Quartet. She has devoted special attention to Astor Piazzolla’s works, to whom her first solo albums are dedicated (Japan Victor). She is acclaimed not only as a classical and contemporary music pianist, but also as a tango and jazz music performer. In addition, she has gained worldwide acclaim for her recording of music for video games “FINAL FANTASY X. XIII, Piano Collection”. In 2004, she released the album “Tarkus & Pictures at an Exhibition”, dedicated to the works of Keith Emerson. In 2008, during the Spazio Musica festival in Cagliari, she performed the new composition by Sylvano Bussotti, “La Tastiera Poetica”. She has recorded 20 CDs, the last one in order of time entitled “Firebird” where he recorded Stravinsky’s “Firebird” transcribed by Guido Agosti, together with Eduard Steuemann’s transcription for solo piano of Schoenberg’s Kammersyphonie No.1, which was awarded 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine.
She is a committee member of the Japanese National Association of Piano Teachers “PTNA”, through which she holds over 20 seminars a year in various Japanese cities, during which, in addition to lessons for students, she also teaches piano methodology for piano teachers in Japan. She is also a professor of the advanced piano course at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese and her students are winners of numerous competitions, including: Concorso Internazionale Valsesia Musica, Pozzoli, IBLA Grand Prize, Luciano Luciani, Concorso Internazionale Pianoforte e Orchestra Città di Cantù. She is often invited as a jury member by the various competitions associated with the Alink-Argerich Foundation.

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

Luca Trabucco - Italy

Luca Trabucco was born in Salerno in 1970; he started his musical studies in Genoa under the guidance of Claudio Proietti in piano and Adelchi Amisano in composition. Subsequently he specialized in piano performance at the “Incontri col Maestro” Imola Piano Academy with Lazar Berman, Alexander Lonquich, Boris Petrushanski, Riccardo Risaliti and Piero Rattalino. Winner of many international piano competitions (Venice, Treviso, Viotti-Valsesia, New Orleans and others), he performed all over the Europe, United States, Middle and Far East; Luca realized many recordings and CDs, including works especially composed for him. Through the years he focused on the XX century French repertoire and he played the whole works by Debussy and Ravel, authors of whom he’s considered a specialist. He’s oftentimes invited to hold masterclasses and to sit in the juries at international piano competitions. The municipality of Marineo in Sicily, place of early origins of his family, has awarded him with the City Keys for his artistic career in 2020.