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Why Three Juries?

The level of both technical competence and stylistic knowledge among young pianists has risen noticeably in recent decades, so much so that jury decisions in competitions are largely subjective. This development can be seen in cases where a contestant fails to survive the first round of a small competition but shortly thereafter receives the top prize in another, larger competition. This tendency is well documented through statistics gathered by the Alink-Argerich Foundation. Thus was born the idea of this competition, in which a single performance will be evaluated by multiple juries simultaneously in order to reach a higher level of objectivity as well as to document differing results.

How is this competition different and what benefits does it bring to the participants?

Participants present themselves to three high caliber juries which reach their evaluations independently form one another. They receive triple feedback for their presentations, thus de facto rolling three competitions into one and having the chance to receive a prize from each jury.
Another important difference from other competitions is the manner in which it is presented: the Enspire Pro System enables two Bösendorfer 280 VC to connect online. Hence, the performance on one instrument can be heard and evaluated simultaneously in another hall without seeing the participant. This means that two juries will hear and see a performance in the Mozarteum’s Solitär while a third jury will simply experience the performance acoustically in the Wiener Saal. A positive evaluation from just one jury will qualify the participant for the next round.

01.06.2018 - 31.08.2018



  • Artistic Direction:
    Klaus Kaufmann

  • Artistic Assistance and Candidate Advisor, Contact Advisor for Detail Questions:
    Lei Meng

  • Competition Planning:
    Iris Wagner,
    Henning Pankow

  • Research:
    Joachim Brügge,
    Rainer J. Schwob