The 38th Annual

BARTOK-KABALEVSKY- PROKOFIEV
INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

in memory of
Pianist Gyorgy Sandor
&
Dr. Kathryn Garland Obenshain
Competition Founder


Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Laureates

Dr. Eugene Fellin, Competition Chairman Emeritus

Ms. Shannon K. Dillon, Director

Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti, President

 


July 20 - July 25, 2018

Ragusa Ibla, Italy

Founded by Radford University, this competition began in 1981 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hungarian composer Bela Bartók's birth. Originally the Bartók Competition, it later expanded to honor Russian composers Dmitri Kabalevsky and Sergei Prokofiev. It now honors the memory of the great pianist and musician, Bartok's protege' & Radford Competition Jury Chairman for decades, GYORGY SANDOR. Mr. Sandor, a dear friend of Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Fellin and Dr. Obenshain, served as Jury Chairman in 1991 when Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti was awarded first prize at this competition. Dr. Moltisanti was then invited the following year to serve as a Juror along with Gyorgy Sandor. Maestro Sandor left us on December 9th, 2005. We are deeply grateful to him for his generous contribution to the world of music and the art of performing. We will miss him dearly.

 

BARTOK-KABALEVSKY- PROKOFIEV
INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

LAUREATES

FIRST PRIZE WINNERS


2017
Anna Kavalerova
, pianist, Russia
Bartok Award

2016
Pietro Bonfilio
, pianist, Italy
Kabalevsky Award

2015

Jakub Czerski, pianist, Poland

Prokofiev Award

&

Quinlan Facey, pianist, USA

Prokofiev Award

2014

Cho Hyun Park, pianist, KOREA

Bartok & Prokofiev Award

2013

Ariunzaya Jargalsaikhan, pianist, MONGOLIA

Bartok Award

2012

Laehyung Woo, pianist, KOREA

Bartok Award

&

Jason Chiang, pianist, USA

Prokovief Award

2011

Chimer-Ochir Yesunkhand, pianist, MONGOLIA

Prokovief Award

2010

Alexander Panfilov, pianist, RUSSIA

Prokovief Award

2009

Gloria Campaner , pianist, ITALY

Prokovief Award

2008

Lim Hee Young, cellist, SOUTH KOREA-USA

Prokovief Award

 

2007

(First Prize not Awarded)

2006

Maciej Granat, pianist, POLAND
Kabalevsky Award

2005

Rajung Yang, pianist,KOREA

2004
Nathan Carterette,
pianist, U.S.A.

2003
Milica Jelaca-Jovanovic,
pianist, SERBIA
Vakhtang Kodanashvili, pianist, GEORGIA

 

2002
Ketevan Badridze,
pianist,GEORGIA
Yuri Blinov, pianist,,BELARUS
 

2001
Jorge Ilich Aguilar,
pianist, MEXICO
Anne Marie Nunez, pianist,U.S.A.

 

2000
Serhii Morozov,
pianist,UKRAINE

1999
Craig Allan Ketter,
pianist,U.S.A.
Thomas Pandolfi, pianist,U.S.A.
Matthew Rubenstein, pianist,U.S.A.
Jerry Wong, pianist,U.S.A.

1998
Jeongwon Ham,
pianist,U.S.A.
Charles H. Pettaway Jr., pianist,U.S.A.

1997
(First Prize not Awarded)

1996
Mauricio Nader
, pianist,MEXICO

1995
Sergei Pavlov,
pianist,CANADA

1994
Robert Mayerovitch,
pianist,U.S.A.

1993
John Lascelles Solomons
, pianist,SRI LANKA/U.S.A.

1992
Thomas Michael
, pianist,U.S.A.

1991
Salvatore Moltisanti
, pianist,ITALY

1990
Victoria Fischer
, pianist,U.S.A.
E. Patocs, pianist,U.S.A.

1989
(First Prize not Awarded)

1988
Anthony Pattin
, pianist,U.S.A.

1987
Louise Billaud,
pianist,FRANCE

1986
Takis Pizanis,
pianist, GREECE
Lin Raymond
, pianist

 

 

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From the Associated Press
Gyorgy Sandor
NEW YORK (AP) - Pianist Gyorgy Sandor, who was a protege of the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok and toured the world into his 90s while teaching at the Juilliard School, has died. He was 93. Sandor died Friday of heart failure at his Manhattan home, according to his son, Michael. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Sandor studied piano with Bartok and composition with Zoltan Kodaly at the Liszt Academy of Music there. He concertized worldwide in the 1930's, making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1939 and later premiering many of the piano works by Bartok, who died in New York in 1945. Sandor was best known for his performances and recordings of the music of Bartok, Kodaly and Sergei Prokofiev. He recorded the complete solo piano works of Prokofiev and Kodaly, and the piano music and concertos of Bartok, for which he won the Grand Prix du Disque in 1965.
In Bartok's fiendishly difficult music, Sandor was praised for his subtlety and fine articulation at the keyboard.
"His playing serves as a chastisement to those who play Bartok with percussive sound," critic Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times wrote in a review of a four-disc set Sandor recorded a dozen years ago.He gave his last public performance in Turkey last spring. In addition to Juilliard, Sandor taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He wrote "On Piano Playing: Motion, Sound and Expression," a book published in 1981, and finished the manuscript of a book on Bartok and his works.

 

THE BARTOK-KABALEVSKY- PROKOFIEV
INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION & FESTIVAL

International Piano Competition | Application | Competition History | Bartok Laureates

THE BARTOK - KABALEVSKY - PROKOFIEV
INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION & FESTIVAL

 

Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Music Requirements

Any work or any combination of works (solo, concerto, ensemble) by Bartók, Kabalevsky or Prokofiev are acceptable. Program choices with duration must be submitted to the competion office for commitee approval. Musicians are expected to perform by memory, unless specifically approved by the competition office.

Qualsiasi composizione di Bartók, Kabalevsky or Prokofiev per solista, duo o solo e orchestra in riduzione pianistica. Esecuzioni a memoria a meno che autorizzati diversamente dalla segreteria del concorso.

 

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Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competition Jury

Marcello Abbado, former Director Giuseppe Verdi Music Conservatory Milan, Italy
Guenter Reinhold, Faculty, Staatlichen Hochschule Musik, Karlsruhe, Germany

Salvatore Moltisanti, Bartók International Piano Competition Winner, USA - Italy

 

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Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Master Class

A very limited number of Master Classes will be offered during the competition. If you wish to be considered for a Master Class, please specify it at the time of your application.

Un numero ristretto di Master Class verra' offerto durante l'IBLA GRAND PRIZE. Per essere inclusi nella programmazione dei Master Class, per favore indicarlo nella domanda di iscrizione.

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Competition Guidelines
Level
Age
 
Adult
24 and over
 
A
7-10
 
B
11-14
 
C
15-18
 
D
19-23
 

 

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Prizes and Special Awards
1st Prize Winners will be included in the following concert presentations:
  • New York Carnegie Weill Hall
  • New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo'
  • Radford University in Virginia
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Berklee School of Music in Boston
2nd and 3rd Prize Winners will receive a certificate to attest to their accomplishment.
The Baronessa Costanza Arezzo Giampiccolo Award
The Ausilia Puchino - Pietro Floridia Award
The Grace M. Susino Award
The William Modica and Concetta Giordanella Modica Award

The Kent State University Piano Institute Award for age 12-18

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Travel
Catania airport Fontanarossa is the closest airport to Ragusa, Italy, with direct flights from Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Malta etcetera . The IBLA Foundation will provide discounted rates for hotels and restaurants as well as airport/hotel and local transportation services for contestants and their guests. Great beaches and historical sites surround the Ragusa IBLA area, should you wish to take a vacation during your stay. Ragusa IBLA is an astonishingly beautiful wonder of baroque architecture and is located approximately 15 miles from the Mediterranean sea and close to the volcano Mount Etna, Taormina, Siracusa and the Greek temples of Agrigento. During your stay, upon discretion of the artistic director, you will be offered the opportunity to perform in open stage evening concerts. However, you are not necessarily required to attend throughout the duration of the competition, should you have other professional commitments.

 

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Hotel
The IBLA Foundation New York Office will assist in making hotel and restaurant reservations and local transportation with special discounted packages. Please contact iblanewyork@gmail.com

 

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