The Competition is intended only for the participants of the Piano Loop Academy, which makes it a sort of an "insider" Competition. 

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. There is no any age limit for the participants in the competition. The Competition will be held in partnership with the Gegen den Strom Festival in Bad Ems, Germany.  Courtesy of this partnership, finalists of the Gegen den Strom competition are granted exemption from the first qualifying round at the Piano Loop Festival Competition. Winners of the “Gegen den Strom” competition will be invited for recitals in the Piano Loop Festival.

It is not obligatory to participate in both events. It is simply a great opportunity and possibility for young pianists to play in 2 cities at 2 different festivals. 

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.

Vanesa Kleva Pleština, Piano Loop Festival President and founder