The Competition is not a separate event, but is rather intended only for the participants of the Piano Loop Academy, which makes it a sort of an "insider" Competition. 

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.

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Piano Loop Competition is open exclusively to all Piano Loop Academy students with no age limit.

• The choice of the repertoire for the competition is free; however, competitors need to perform at least two major works of different styles. Single movement or few movements from a cyclic work are acceptable.

• Jury shall choose the works from the competitors' list which are to be played in each round.

Piano Loop Competition is an international competition for pianists with no age limit presented by the Piano Loop Festival. Any participant of the Piano Loop Academy, Piano projekt master class series and Gegen den Strom Competition is free to participate in the competition.

5 finalist from Gegen den Strom Competition are directly advanced to the finale of the Piano Loop Competition.

Candidates must assume financial responsibility for all travel-related expenses to and from Split. The Organizer may help upon request with acommodation, meals, and local transportation.  

One parent/guardian must travel with a contestant under the age of 15.

All works are to be performed from memory.

The repertoire must be different for each round.

Participants are permitted to make changes to the repertoire indicated in the application form, but not later than July 1 2018.

The submitted repertoire is subject to review by competition officials.

The competition is open to the public.

The Organiser shall retain all the rights to video and audio recordings.

Each participant will have his/her rehearsal time prior to the performance, as well as a short acoustic rehearsal in the hall in which the competition will take place.

The competition schedule will be published on the Competition web site and will be printed out in the Competition booklet so that the participants can receive all the necessary information in a timely manner.

The order of appearance of pianists will be determined by means of a draw conducted by competition officials that will be broadcast online.

All ballots will be written and signed without discussion and submitted to the Jury Chairman.  The Jury Chairman will review the ballots and then submit them to competition officials for scoring.

Jury members will not discuss their opinions and decisions regarding proceedings, marks, or rankings outside the jury room.

Jury members will score each contestant on a range from 1 to 100.

The decision of the jury is final and not subject to questions, revisions, or appeal. In case of withdrawal of a member of the jury, the Organiser has the right to replace the withdrawn member with a new member.

The competition will consist of the following separate rounds:

First Round

Max. 20 minutes of free program

Final Round 

Max. 40 minutes of free program (different from the First Round)

Croatian piece is optional and can be chosen from the LIST. The names of the contestants for the final round will be publicly announced in the order of performance, without regard to rank. After the final round is completed, the names of 4 winners will be announced in order of rank.

All announced prizes will be awarded.

If any unexpected situations arise in the execution of these guidelines, the Jury Chairman and Piano Loop Festival director will resolve such situations.


1 st prize Piano Loop festival winner is awarded with:
• Full solo recital at the 'First prize winner's concert' at Ethnographic Museum Split, 2018/Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 21
• Shared recital at „Piano Loop Festival Winner's“ concert in Bol at Dominican monastery/August 20
• Solo concert in Split 2019 with 2 days of accommodation /Piano Loop Festival concert series
• Solo concert at Gegen den Strom Festival/Bad Ems 2019
Piano Loop Academy master class in Split 2019 – full scholarship

2 nd and 3 rd prize winners are awarded with:
Half Recital (a full recital shared by 2nd and 3rd prize winner) at the Ethnographic Museum Split, 2018/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 21
• Shared recital at „Piano Loop Festival Winner's“ concert in Bol at Dominican monastery/August 20
Piano Loop Academy master class in Split 2019 – half scholarship

A special prize will be awarded for the best performance of the Croatian piece (*Performing a Croatian piece is not mandatory)

Winner will be awarded with:
A partial Recital (a full recital shared by 2nd and 3rd prize winner) at the Ethnographic Museum Split, 2018/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 21
Piano Loop Academy master class in Split 2019 – full scholarship


• Lev Natochenny/Russia,president
• Igor Lazko/Russia,
• Eugene Choi/Korea


• The 2nd Piano Loop Competition will be held in Josip Hatze Music School and Ethnographic Museum (Split, Croatia) from August 14, 2018 until August 22, 2018.

• All participants may attend all Festival activities.

• Since the Festival and Academy master classes start from the morning hours of August 14, competitors who travel from abroad are advised to arrive to Split by August 13, 2018.

• The piano try-out will be scheduled for August 14 and 15. The exact times of performances and warm-ups will be anounced to participants by August 1.

• The winners’ names will be announced and official prize-giving ceremony will be held on August 20, 2018, after the conclusion of the Final Round. The jury’s decision is final; however, all competitors are encouraged to speak with the jury members afterwards.


Please send the following as an attachment to piano.loop.festival@gmail.com:

• A recent high-resolution portrait photo (desirable formats: .jpg, .gif, .png, .pdf)

• Piano Loop Festival application form  Application deadline: July 1, 2018.


Josip Hatze Music School is located in two buildings: "the new" and "the old" one.

The new building houses the recital hall and several practice rooms.

The course is located in "the new school":

Trg hrvatske bratske zajednice 3, 21000 Split; a 10-minute walk from the historical city centre.

More practice rooms are to be found in the old building at: Kralja Tomislava Street 6, right in the historical city center.


All participants apply for a shared room in an apartment in the city centre during the period from August 7 to August 16. Inexpensive accommodation is arranged in the town for both yourself and persons accompanying you directly by our partner agency. It is also possible to extend your stay. In the case of an arrival later than August 7 or departing earlier than August 16, there shall be no money refund for the accommodation. If someone arrives earlier or later, Piano projekt reserves the right to change the accommodation, but will also try to avoid such inconvenience. The fee is fixed.

You can choose to share an apartment with 3 to 5 Summer School participants. In the apartment you can prepare your own meals and interact with other participants of all ages and backgrounds. The flat is located in the heart of Split, a few steps from the famous Diocletian’s palace, a 10-minute walk from the school.

About the apartments:

Although the student flats are not very luxurious, they include all the necessary facilities. Each student flat has a living room with TV, Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, a fridge, a washing machine and an iron. The apartments have at least one air-conditioner and each room usually has a fan. No telephones are available in the student flats; we suggest you to use public telephones or local calling centres. You share the kitchen and the bathroom and, together, keep the house clean. Shared areas are professionally cleaned once a week. There is also an option of staying in a single room or even renting the whole apartment.