The decision to include a piano competition in our Festival came from the intention to foster a more engaging and effective learning. Apart from the basic, educational nature of our program, we believe that this competitive try-out will encourage pianists to make greater improvements. At the same time, our essential goal is to cultivate a supportive and congenial atmosphere, unaffected as much as possible by contest tensions. Furthermore, the festival's essential aim is to nurture a judging system which promotes strictly fair evaluations/scoring, based on interpretational qualities and unaffected by any non-musical aspects.

What is interesting about the structure of Piano Loop Festival and Competition is that master class teachers and jury members are the same people, which creates a friendly and warm atmosphere. Another important difference with regard to other competitions is the Piano Loop Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by the pianist and conductor Eduardo Hubert, which offers the winner and the 2 nd , 3 rd and 4 th prize holders the opportunity to play a piano concerto.

The greatest benefit of participating in the Piano Loop Festival and Competition is the chance to play with an orchestra, which is something that only a few festivals around the world offer. There is no any age limit for the participants in the competition. Bad Ems will focus on piano solo repertoire through 2 rounds, and Piano Loop on piano solo and, exclusively, on piano concerto section. Both winners (one in Bad Ems and another in Split) will have the opportunity to play recitals on both festivals. The Competition is not a separate event, but is rather intended only for the participants of festivals / master classes, which makes it a sort of an "insider" Competition. Also, it is not obligatory to participate in both events. It is simply a great opportunity for young pianists to play in 2 cities at 2 different festivals.