There is no age limit.
All participants will benefit from the carefully scheduled lessons, master classes and advice of all participating professors. The application deadline is July 15th, 2021. To apply, please complete and submit the Application Form (click here) which you can access by clicking here, together with a registration fee which is non-refundable. Participants will be notified upon acceptance and given instructions for completing their registration and fee payment.

Students who, according to the evaluation of the Academy faculty and of the Artistic Director of the Piano Lop Academy will have the possibility of being inserted into the Piano Loop Concert Season 2021/22.

Lev Natochenny/Russia/Germany/USA
Natalia Trull/Russia/Germany
Kemal Gekić/USA/Croatia
Grigory Gruzman/Russia/Germany
Andreas Frölich/Germany
Massimiliano Mainolfi/Italy


Lev Natochenny is an artist who defies simple classification. Described as a “real genius in his creativity” by European critics and a “rare master of his instrument” by New York critics, he combines innovation and intelligence, technical brilliance and attention to details of the musical text, and above all emerges with an astonishingly independent musical personality. Influenced by the greatest artists as Sviatoslav Richter and David Oistrakh, Lev Natochenny received his formal education from the famed Moscow Conservatory...

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Natalia Trull began studying piano in her native St. Petersburg. She later moved to Moscow where she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. Among her teachers were professors Y. Zak, M. Voskresensky and T. Kravchenko.Her performance career was launched when she won first prize at the Belgrade International Piano Competition in 1983. However, the biggest success came in 1986 she won the silver medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition...

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Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today's most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike.Born in Split, Croatia in 1962, Gekic amazed his family by accurately picking out melodies at the piano at age one and a half. The young prodigy d all his early musical training from his aunt, Lorenza Batturina. In 1978 he entered the class pf Prof. Jokuthon Mihailovich ...

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Grigory Gruzman was born in 1956 in Leningrad, Russia (today St. Petersburg).He began his piano lessons at the age of five. Due to his exceptional talent, he was admitted to the Music School for the specially gifted children at the Leningrad Conservatory. During his school-time, performed more than 300 times in numerous cities in Russia.In 1974, Gruzman began his studies at the Jerusalem Academy of music under professor Yali Wagman (ex-pupil of Rosina Lhevinne at the Julliard School of Music). During his last two years at the Academy Gruzman studied...

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German pianist Andreas Frölich studied with Stefan Askenase , Vitaly Margulis in Freiburg and Pavel Gililov in Cologne . He was prizewinner of several international piano competitions , as in Senigallia , Finale Ligure ,Vienna , Milano, and many others... He concertises in the most famous venues in Europe, South America, Asia, South Africa and Australia like Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Solitär Salzburg, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Cologne Philharmonie, Munich Philharmonie "Gasteig",Konzerthaus Berlin, Hamburg Musikhalle,...

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Born in Italy, Massimiliano Mainolfi graduated from the “Conservatorio S.Pietro a Majella”. As a young pianist, he was very early brought to public attention as a 1st Prize Winner of several national and international piano competitions. In 1992 he moved to United States where he was admitted to the graduate program of the Julliard School. In New York he studied with the internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya and worked on the chamber music repertoire with the legendary Austrian violinist Felix Galimir...

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Registration fee is 300 HRK (40 EUR)
Registration fee, payable in HRK, must be sent by bank transfer to the bank account of the Festival by August 15th.


Bank account info:
Holder: Piano Projekt Association
Account Owner Residence Address: Biokovska 4, Split 21000, Croatia
Account no.: 2340009-1110446410
Bank Account Name: Privredna banka Zagreb
Bank Residence Address: Rackoga 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
IBAN: HR1223400091110446410
This needs to be sent with the note ”free of charge for the recipient”

*******ON-LINE MASTER CLASS*********

For all those whose traveling plans have changed due to ongoing health crisis on-line lessons will be available upon request.
Students who, according to the evaluation of the Academy faculty and of the Artistic Director of the Piano Lop Academy will have the possibility of being inserted into the Piano Loop Concert Season 2021/22.

The participation fee includes:

• 4x60' individual lessons with the festival faculty (chosen by the participant)
• final concert with best participants;
• Piano 24 (piano marathon)
• Free entrance to all Piano Loop Festival concerts (16-20 August)
• Piano projekt's coordinator (in Japan);
• Master class diploma;
• Use of practice rooms (minimum of 3 hours a day)

Available upon request:

• Airport transfer with airport shuttle or a taxi
• Accommodation in a private apartment
• Extra lessons during the masterclass
• Official Japanese translator (To guarantee the quality of lessons, translation will be provided by an official Japanese interpreter engaged by the Piano projekt Association).


To apply for a place in the Piano Loop Academy, please fill in the application form (click here) and send it to along with registration fee confirmation. Registration fee is non-refundable. In the unlikely event of the Piano Loop Academy being cancelled, your deposit will be refunded. All applications must be received by July 15th 2021 (Application Deadline). Any exchange expenses or bank commissions will be charged in full to the student.


• Piano 24, a piano marathon which will be held on August 16, is open to all participants. There are no restrictions on time and repertoire.
• Outstanding participants chosen by the faculty will perform on the Piano Loop Academy Closing Concert.

PIANO 24 (August 16):

PIANO 24 is a pianist marathon which represents a unique project of this kind in Croatia. The recitals are to be performed by a wide range of pianists from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., attendants of the Piano Loop Academy. They are to take turns during the day at the concert venue. All events are being live-streamed. Biography with the list of relevant competitions and concerts the pianist previously performed at is a prerequisite. The biography should be sent along with the suggested program to the organizer's email address (

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For written cancellations submitted by the application deadline date, the participation fee will be refunded; the registration fee will, however, be retained. Please always indicate your bank account information in case of cancellation! A refund of the participation fee for withdrawals after the application deadline date is only possible in proven cases of force majeure (e.g. illness, accident). Such withdrawal must be effected before the beginning of the Festival. For later cancellations, the course fee will be retained.
Participation fee cannot be refunded if the candidate stops attendance on his own initiative.


Participants may choose to attend the Academy with either ACTIVE or PASSIVE status. ACTIVE participants will be given 4 individual lessons, the opportunity to perform in master classes and at least one public recital. Each day consists of private lessons and master classes. PASSIVE participants are allowed to attend lessons and all other events. Passive participants may be given one lesson with the chosen faculty member (price upon request). Active participants may be given extra lessons with the chosen faculty member (price upon request). Each participant shall receive a Piano Loop Academy diploma. Active participants can shorten the course but not the number of lessons. All lessons and master classes are open to all participants. The majority of instructions will be held in English. However, some lessons and specialized classes may be held in French, Russian, or German. Should the total of 21 valid applications not have been reached by July 15th, 2021, the administration reserves the right to shorten the festival, although this measure will not reduce the lesson units per participant. The administration reserves the right, should an instructor be prevented from attending, to provide a comparable substitute at its own discretion or to cancel the course. Should a course be completely cancelled, all paid fees will be reimbursed to the participants. No other claims will be recognized. All active attendants of the Piano Loop Academy have the right to participate at Piano 24.


Josip Hatze Music School
Trg Kralja Tomislava 6, 21000 Split, at the historical city centre