Piano Loop Academy


Piano Loop


The decision to include a piano Competition in our Festival&Academy 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 competition'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, Piano Loop Festival/Competition/Academy director and founder

Meet the Jury

The competition'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

(Croatia) - Piano Loop Festival/Competition/Academy director
Vanesa Kleva is the Piano Loop Festival, Piano Loop Academy and Piano Loop Competition founder and director.

She was born in 1982. and started playing piano at the age of 6. She completed her studies at the Music Academy UMAS in Split, after spending short time as a gast Studentin at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. Over the years she studdied with numerous professors: R.Kerrer, L.Natochenny, I.Lazko, L.Baranyay, R.Gubaidulin, O.Cinkoburova, M.Ambokadze and many others.

Soon upon starting her job at the Music School Josip Hatze in Split as a piano teacher and piano accompanist at the Music Academy UMAS in Split she established Piano projekt Association which hosted numerous pianists and piano master classes since 2010 (I.Pogorelić, N.Lugansky, D.Shishkin, L.Natochenny, N.Trull, A.Frolich, G.Gruzman, K.Gekić, I.Lazko, R.Dalibaltayan, Y.Martynov, S.Korolev, M.Filjak, G.Filipec, I.Krpan, A.Jurinić).

She has been a jury member of the 17.Mozarte International Piano Competition, professional Category, held in Aachen, Germany, 2021. and a pre-selection jury member of the 33.International Ferrol Piano Competition.

She has been a member of the Croatian National Theter Split Arts council member from 2008.-2010.
She is a president of City of Split Arts Council since 2022. and a president of Piano projekt Association since 2010.

She participated in conference „Baština i lokalni razvoj: Uz osvrt na francusko iskustvo kulturnih politika”, HAZU,2018., „4.Alumni club” of the Music Department of Music Academy Split, UMAS-a in 2019. and in the conference From Dante to the present da yin 2021 of the University of Split Faculty of Philosophy.

In 2006.she enrolled in Filosofska Fakulteta Universe v Ljubljani, the Master degree in Psychology of Music and in 2020 she started interdisciplinary PhD studdies at the University of Split Faculty of Philosophy.

Philippe Raskin

(Belgium) - Chairman of the Jury
Philippe began piano lessons with Aleksandr Friedland, a Russian conductor, and continued working with Bernadette Malter and Loredana Clini. He developed his artistry furthermore with Emanuel Krasovksy, Vincenzo Balzani, Ralf Gothóni, and Leon Fleisher on the piano in addition with Johannes Meissl and Hatto Beyerle for chamber music.

At the age of 16, he began studying at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels in the class of Jean- Claude Vanden Eynden. In the same year, he obtained his first degree with the highest honours. He then joined the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (still with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden) and graduated again with highest honours, receiving the diploma from H.M. the Queen of Belgium. During the same period he completed his Masters degree at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels.

In 2005 he entered the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid where he worked for four years under the tutelage of Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martínez Mehner. As early as the first year, he received from H.M the Queen of Spain the Sobresaliente Prize at the Pardo Palace. In 2010, Philippe started studying at the Strasbourg Conservatory with Amy Lin for a “Diplome de Spécialisation” where he graduated with the highest honours. In 2012 & 2013, he worked with Leonel Morales.

Philippe has won several national and international competitions, amongst others: the J.S. Bach Competition, the Gretry Rotary Competition, the Paris International Piano Competition, the Lions Club Competition, and the André Dumortier International Piano Competition. In 2012, he became a prizewinner at the Lyon International Piano Competition and won first prize at the “Spanish Composers” International Piano Competition in Madrid.

Philippe has performed many recitals, as part of chamber groups and as a soloist with orchestras all over the world - in renowned concert halls such as the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Musikverein in Vienna or at the Philharmonie in Berlin. He was also invited by the Chopin Foundation in Warsaw to perform in the birthplace of the composer. Philippe regularly performs with orchestras, notably the Belgian National Orchestra, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and the Salzburg Chamber Soloists amongst many others. His chamber music partners include artists such as Clemens Hagen, Jérôme Pernoo, Miguel Da Silva etc.

Philippe also regularly performs contemporary music and has taken part in several world premieres. Many composers have dedicated works to him, including "Stringent & Tremulation" from Belgian composer Jean-Marie Rens, "Piano Sonata" from Turkish composer Serkan Gürkan and "Sonata Der Hunt" from Austrian composer Christoph Ehrenfellner.

Philippe is invited each year to be a member of the jury in several international piano competitions including the International “Piano Talents” Competition Milan, the Lyon International Piano Competition and is the artistic director of the César Franck International Piano Competition and the International Music Festival Paris. He is also a regular member of the jury at the "MozArte" Competition in Cologne, the "Spanish Composers" Competition in Madrid as well as the Chopin Competition in the United States, the "Cita de Cantu" Competition etc.

In 2009, Philippe opened his piano school and also gives many masterclasses in Belgium and abroad. From 2016, Philippe was the artistic director of the “Resonances Musique de Chambre” Festival in France and began teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Philippe is also a member of the international piano faculty in Brescia and at the International Academy of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Natalia Trull

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. The public was swept off its feet by her interpretation of composers such as Schubert and Stravinsky. Her “Petrushka” suite left an everlasting impression on the public and critics alike.

In 1993, Natalia Trull was awarded the Grand Prix at the Piano Masters Competition in Monte-Carlo (where only winners of international competitions are accepted as participants).

Natalia Trull’s complete control and fantastic virtuosity place her in a class of her own, and she is in great demand as a performer all over the world. Among the distinguished orchestras with whom she has performed are the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Monte-Carlo, Tonhalle Symphony Orchestra and all of the major Russian Symphony Orchestras.

Natalia Trull has also played with such conductors as Raphael Frubeck de Burgos, Raymond Leppard, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Eri Klas, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vassily Sinaisky, Yuri Temirkanov and many others.

Her repertoire includes over 50 concertos, of which the Tchaikovsky concerto has proved to be the most popular, the pianist having performed the work on over one hundred occasions in the world’s leading concert halls. Her most brilliant performances of the Tchaikovsky concerto were in Hollywood Bowl under Eri Klas and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and in Suntory Hall with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Koizumi Kazuhiro (1998-99 season). Natalia’s performances today are remarkable for her total absorption in the music her unique stage presence and technical mastery in presenting a wide repertoire of works. From 2000 Natalia Trull is Professor at the Moscow Tchaikovky Concervatory. Also she is frequently invited to give masterclasses to the U.S.A., Japan, Italy, Germany, South America etc. Jury member of many international piano competitions such as International Telekom Beethoven Piano Competition, Valencia International Piano Competition, Monte-Carlo Piano Masters Competition, International Mozart Competition Salzburg etc.

Andreas Frölich

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, Bielefeld Oetkerhalle, Stuttgart Liederhalle, Wiesbaden Kurhaus, Teatro municipal Rio de Janeiro, Teatro Alfa y Cultura artistica Sao Paolo, de Doelen Rotterdam , Vredenburg Utrecht, Salle Gaveau Paris,Caroussel de Louvre Paris, Mozarteum Salzburg and many others as well as in the most important music fertivals , such as Rheingau Musikfestival, Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Salzburg, Emilia Romagna Festival, Schubertiade Roskilde and many other Festivals worldwide.

As a soloist Andreas Frölich appeared with many famous orchestras , among them Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Wiener Kammerphilharmonie, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Münchener Kammerorchester, Colegium instrumentale Halle, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz ,Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Würtembergisches Kammerorchester , Suk Chamber orchestra Prag ,orquesta sinfonica de Monterrey /Mexico , Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian Philharmonic Moskau, Radio Symphonique Luxembourg, orquesta sinfonica di San Remo, Lutoslawski Philharmonie Wroclav, Stettin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Bretagne ,Concerto Málaga, Thüringer Philharmoniker, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, Joenssu sinfonic / Finnland, Kuopio symphonic orchestra/ Finnland , Kyimi Sinfonietta Finnland, Talinn chamber orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Amadé, Philharmonic orchestra of Europe, Heidelberger Sinfoniker, Vogtland Philharmonie, National Philharmonic of Peru, Orchestre de Caen/France , orquesta filarmonica Montevideo ...

Andreas Frölich is pianist of the Mendelssohn Trio Berlin and he often performed with Ensemble Wien led by the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic. He recorded for many national (in Germany) and international radio stations and released more than 40 CD´s ( a number of them award winning) for different labels like , OEHMS CLASSICS, CPO, EMI, BMG, Divox, Signum, Fono.

Andreas Frölich is artistic director and chairman of the international MozArte piano competition Aachen, artistic director of the "MozArte " international music Festival and artistic leader of the "Orpheo concert series " for young prizewinners in Kerkrade/NL. He is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln -Aachen and Kalaidos Musikhochschule Zürich and guest professor at the Talent music Masters academy in Brescia, at the international summeracademy Mozarteum Salzburg, the Euro Arts academy , the Online Piano Masterclass Academy in Spain and he gives masterclasses worldwide .In the last years his students won more than 100 prizes (first and second) at international piano competitions. He is often inivited as jury member in many international piano competitions (Madrid, Beethoven competition Bonn, Valencia, Ferrol, Granada , Enschede/NL, Brussels , Japan piano open / Tokyo ,Campillos/ Spain, Larnaca/Cyprus, Gorizia/ Italy , Skrjabin, Grosseto, Hongkong /Guanghzhou, La Rioja/Spain, Russian Int.piano Competition). Andreas Frölich is an official Steinway Artist .

Prof. Andreas Frölich
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln -Aachen
Kalaidos Musikhochschule Zürich
Euro Arts Academy
Summeracademy Mozarteum Salzburg
Talent Music Master Academy Brescia
Online piano Masterclass Academy

Pablo Galdo

“Pablo Galdo is an excellent musician and a brilliant pianist, with whom I shared the stage. In addition to his pianistic capacity, I highlight his great musical intuition (Martha Argerich, 2020)

“Pablo Galdo is an exceptional pianist of great technique, with the musicality of a real artist, that additionaly has the capacity to communicate to the audience with great facility, which makes him a complete pianist” (Tamás vásáry, 2018)

“I was lucky enough to listen to the remarkable pianist Pablo Galdo. His technical abilities are excellent and he is able to move any audience musically”. He is a first class musician (Cyprien katsaris, 2020)

Pablo Galdo was born in Ferrol (La Coruña). He studied at the "Conservatorio Superior de Vigo", where he graduated with honours and "Extraordinary Prize", at the "University of Alcalá de Henares", "Zoltán Kodály Institute of Kecskemét", "F. Liszt Academy of Budapest", "Mozarteum University of Salzburg", where he obtained his Postgraduate Diploma, and at the "Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow". His teachers have included Nicasio Gradaille, Ferenc Rados, Rita Wagner, András Kemenes, Imre Rohmann and Elisso Wirssaladze.

He has also received classes and advice from masters such as Alicia de Larrocha, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vasáry, Dimitri Bashkirov, Várjon Denes, Heinz Kämmerling, Marta Gulyás, Haewon Song, or Almudena Cano, among others.

He has received scholarships from the Hungarian Ministry, the Ministry of Asuntos Exteriores, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, the CaixaGalicia Foundation and the AIE Association.

He has given concerts in more than 40 countries: France, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Iceland, Australia, China, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Greece, Georgia, Russia, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Cyprus, Republic of Iran, Jordan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Italy, Lithuania, Turkey, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the United States. He has performed with orchestras in Hungary, Germany, Austria and Spain and has been a finalist and prize-winner in several piano competitions.

He has represented Spain abroad on various occasions, including the celebrations of the inauguration of the "Aula Cervantes of Reykjavik", performing for the President of Iceland, to celebrate the "Week of the Spanish language" in Slovenia, to celebrate the national holiday of Spain in Hungary, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the beginning of diplomatic relations between Spain and Kazakhstan, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between Spain and Russia.

He performed with 4 hands and 2 pianos with pianists like Martha Argerich, Zoltán Kocsis, Stephen Kovacevich, Lilya Zilberstein, Cyprien Katsaris, Tamás Vásáry, Jorge Luís Prats, Imre Rohmann, Sergio Tempo, András Kemenes, with cellist Asier Polo or violist Rocío Gómez, or baritone Luís Alberto Llaneza, among others.

He is selected in cycles of young performers and participates in various cycles and festivals such as "Juventudes musicales" "Asociación Teresa Berganza" (99), "Jóvenes talentos de Budapest en el castillo de Buda" "Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza", "Fundación Juan March", Izmir International Music Week, Járkov International Festival, Costa Rica International Festival, among others.

He has recorded a DVD for the IRIS production company with works by Albéniz, Liszt and Rachmaninoff and, for the MANS production company, a CD with works by Bach, Chopin and Liszt, and another with works by Albéniz. He also recorded for Televisión Española, Televisión de Galicia and the Hungarian Radio. The Spanish composer Saúl Chapela has dedicated his piano work "22 variations on two cells" to him.

He gave master classes at the “Tchaikovsky Moscow” Conservatory, the “Frederick Chopin University” Warsaw, the Tbilisi State Conservatory, the “Icelandic Academy of Arts”, the “Istanbul State Conservatory”, the “Vilnius Academy of Music and Theatre”, the “National Academy of Music and Theatre” Estonian Music”, at the ESMAE University in Porto, at the “Baku National Academy”, Sydney Conservatory, at the Baremboim-Said Foundation” of Palestine, at the “Buchmann-Mehta School” of Israel, at the “National University of Kazakhstan”, “National University of the Arts in Kharkov”, at the “National Conservatory of Jordan”, the “Lebanon National Conservatory” He has performed at the "Escuela Superior de Neuquén" (Argentina), at the "Conservatory of Verona", at the "University of Kharkov", at the "University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki", at the "University of Yasar" in Izmir, and in several cities in Spain. He has been a guest professor for 7 years at the International Music Academy "Forum Musikae" and recently at the International Piano Festival of Costa Rica. He is also regularly invited to sit on the jury of international piano competitions (Costa Rica, Spain, China, Norway and Lithuania). Among his students there are several winners of national and international piano competitions.

He is the artistic director of the Galician Classical Music Association and founder and artistic director of the International Piano Competition "Ciudad de Vigo". He is also the founder of the "Online Piano Masterclass", a platform that offers students from all over the world the opportunity to take online lessons with some of the best piano teachers in the world. He was awarded the "Premio Gregorio Baudot de la Música", the Gold Badge of his hometown, "Gallego del año 2020", and has been awarded the silver medal at the Global Music Awards in 2017 and 2018, in 2 different categories (Best instrumentalist and classical pianist).

He currently combines his concert activity with his teaching position at the "Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio" in Madrid, at the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska, and at the "Conservatorio Superior de Música de Coruña".

Albert Mamriev

Born in the former Soviet Union (Dagestan), he was introduced to the piano by his father, Jankil Mamriev, and went on to study at Moscow Central Music School, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Tel Aviv Music Academy, and the Hanover University of Music and Drama. His teachers have included Sergej Dorensky and Arie Vardi.

Albert Mamriev is a prizewinner at the Beijing International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Marsala International Piano Competition, Madrid International Piano Competition, Tunbridge Wells International Piano Competition, Morice Clairmont Piano Competition, Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition, Glasgow International Piano Competition, Olym Piano Competition, Mauro Paolo Monopoli International Piano Competition, Seiler International Piano Competition and UNISA International Music Competition.

He has played concertos with the Utah Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Israel Chamber Symphony, Mexico Gulbenkian Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Pretoria Symphony, Haifa Philharmonic, Shenzhen Symphony, Goettinger Symphony, Beijing Symphony with conductors including Tan Li Hua, Alexander Lazarev, Christoph Mueller, Enrique Batiz, Flavio Florence, Nicoletta Conti, Mauricio Linari and Salvador Masconde.

A favorite in solo and chamber recitals worldwide, Albert Mamriev has played the Salle Cortot – Paris, Museum of Art – Tel Aviv, Assembly Hall Temple Square – Salt Lake City, Hannah Perkins Arts Center – Cleveland, Forbidden City Concert Hal – Beijing, Mancloa Concert Hall – Madrid, Palazzo Vendramin Calergi – Venice, Salurin and the Opera Theatre – Reykjavik, Museum Wahnfried – Bayreuth, Stadthalle – Dortmund, Gasteig Philharmony – Munich, and Goethe Hall – Los Angeles.

He is a master of Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Prokofiev and Debussy and enjoys performing and premiering the works of 20th and 21st century composers.

He has been a jury member at the Madrid International Piano Competition, Usti Nad Labem International Piano Competition, and Schumann International Piano Competition, and teaches at the Hannover University of Music and Drama.

The complete recording of Wagner-Liszt Transcriptions grows out of Albert Mamriev's fascination with the stylistic richness and diversity of piano music written between the periods of Late Romanticism and the Avant Garde, and his enjoyment of the technical and interpretive challenges it presents.

At the age of four Lukáš Vondráček made his first public appearance. He has achieved worldwide recognition by receiving many international awards, foremost the Grand Prix at the 2016 Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels alongside first prizes at the Hilton Head and San Marino International Piano Competitions and Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition. In 2021/22 he will debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at Hollywood Bowl and return to renowned orchestras such as Baltimore and Chicago symphony orchestras, both under the baton of Marin Alsop. Elsewhere Lukáš Vondráček will appear with Orchestre National de Lille conducted by Lionel Bringuier, Warsaw Philharmonic as well as the Turku and Malmö symphony orchestras. Recital projects will take him to the Rudolf Firkusny Piano Festival at Prague’s Rudolfinum and the Kissinger Summer Festival. He will take his residency with the Janáček Philharmonic into the next season and continue his recording cycle of all Rachmaninov Piano concertos with Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Over the last decade Lukáš Vondráček has travelled the world working with orchestras such as the Philadelphia, Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Symphony Radio Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras.Recitals have led him to Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the Flagey in Brussels, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Wiener Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and to renowned festivals such as Menuhin Festival Gstaad, PianoEspoo in Finland, Prague Spring Festival and Lille Piano Festival.


It will be mandatory to play the music by 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 15, 2022.


Program duration: a minimum of 15 minutes and no longer than 20 minutes

Program must include one movement by a “Viennese Classic” composer (Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven)


Program duration: a minimum of 40 minutes and no longer than 45 minutes.

Program must include at least 2 different musical periods.
Individual movements are permitted and repeats are not compulsory.


contestants are advised to perform one piece by Croatian composer. This part of the program is not compulsory, however, the competitor with the best performance of Croatian author will receive a special prize. Music score will be sent to the pianist upon a request. Please see the list of compositions by Bruno Vlahek at: https://www.brunovlahek.com/compositions


1 st prize

1400 €
cash prize
 Full solo recital at the 'First prize winner's concert' at Hrvatski dom Split, 2022 / Piano Loop Academy concert series/August 21
 Solo concert in Split 2023 with 2 days of accommodation /Piano Loop Winter Academy concert series
 A solo recital in Aachen in 2023. (at the 18.Mozarte Festival)
 A solo recital in Wernigerode, Germany in 2023. (Neue Sterne Piano Competition)

2 nd prize

500 €
cash prize
 Half Recital (a full recital shared by 2nd and 3rd prize winner) at the Hrvatski dom Split, 2022/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 21)

3 rd prize

200 €
 Half Recital (a full recital shared by 2nd and 3rd prize winner) at the Hrvatski dom Split, 2022/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 22)
piano loop competition

Special prize

A special prize will be awarded for the best performance of the Croatian piece.*

(*Performing a Croatian piece is not mandatory)


100 EUR cash prize

A partial Recital

A partial Recital (a full recital shared by 2nd and 3rd prize winner) at the Hrvatski dom Split, 2022/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 21


Piano Loop Competition

1. General

Piano Loop Festival is organized by the Piano projekt Association from Split, Croatia.

The Competition will be held in presence from 17 to 21 August 2022 in Split, Croatia

Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born before August 17 1986.

The Jury will decide, accordingly with the artistic level, a First, Second and Third Prize. The First Prize is indivisible, the Second and Third Prizes can be assigned ex-aequo by dividing the prize.

Candidates will perform in Alphabetical order starting from the letter "P" and that order will be valid for all the rounds.

The vote of the Jury for the passage to the next round will be expressed with YES or NO. The Jury’s decision is final.

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 winners will be announced in order of rank.

The award ceremony will take place in an official form at the final concert on August 21 at the Hrvatski dom Split Concert Hall.

One parent/guardian must travel with a contestant under the age of 16.

The Competition is open to the public.

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

The Competition schedule will be published on the Competition website and will be printed out in the Competition booklet.

Competition will consist of 2 rounds

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

In case of withdrawal of a member of the jury, the Organizer has the right to replace the withdrawn member with a new member.

The Piano Loop Festival, as the Organizer, reserves the right to change the Competition Rules.

The original English version of these rules governs all interpretations.

First Prize winner of the 7.Neue Sterne Competition are advanced directly to the finale of the Piano Loop Competition.

First Prize winners of the 17.Mozarte Competition are advanced directly to the finale of the Piano Loop Competition.

2. Jury

Jury will consist of eminent international musicians. The announcement of the Juries will be published on the Competition website.

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 10.

The decision of the jury is final and not subject to questions, revisions, or appeal.

Students of the jury members will not get points from their teachers.

3. Repertoire

It will be mandatory to play the music by 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 15, 2022.

Program duration: a minimum of 15 minutes and no longer than 20 minutes
Program must include one movement by a “Viennese Classic” composer (Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven)


Program duration: a minimum of 40 minutes and no longer than 45 minutes.
Program must include at least 2 different musical periods.

Individual movements are permitted and repeats are not compulsory.

Optional, contestants are advised to perform one piece by Croatian composer. This part of the program is not compulsory, however, the competitor with the best performance of Croatian author will receive a special prize. Music score will be sent to the pianist upon a request.

4. Prizes

It is possible to assign the second and third prize ex-aequo. In no case can the first prize be shared.

The prizes will be deposited to the winners' bank accounts no later then 30 days after the finals. No taxes will be accounted to the prize amount.

Concerts with partnership organizations will be scheduled after the Competition.

It is mandatory to play at the winner's concert on August 21 in order to receive the prize.

5. Pianos & practice

All pianos used throughout Competition performances are provided and maintained by Steinway&Sons.

Practice facilities are arranged for every Competitor and for each venue

The practice schedule is organized by the Operations Director and shared with each Competitior 1 week ahead of their performances.

A warm-up piano is arranged for 30 minutes immediately priror to the performance.


Applications Open: 12 April 2022
Applications Deadline: 1 July 2022

Please fill out the application form and attach the following document:
• a payment confirmation (100 EUR registration fee)-non-refundable
Please send to:

Biokovska 4, 21000 Split, Croatia
Bank account info (outside Croatia):

Holder: Association Piano projekt
IBAN HR1223400091110446410
Account Owner Residence Address: Biokovska 4, Split 21000
Account no. : 2340009-1110446410
Bank Account Name: Privredna banka Zagreb
Bank Residence Address: Rackoga 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Application form

Applications Deadline: 25 June 2022



First prize winner of the 7.Neue Sterne Piano Competition are advanced directly to the finale of the Piano Loop Competition

A solo recital for the 1st prize winner of the Piano Loop Competition


First prize winner of the 17.Mozarte Competition are advanced directly to the finale of the Piano Loop Competition

A solo recital in Aachen in 2023. (at the 18.Mozarte Festival)

A solo recital in Wernigerode, German in 2023. (Neue Sterne Piano Competition)

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Josip Hatze Music School
Trg hrvatske bratske zajednice 3, 21000 Split


Hrvatski dom Split, Tončićeva 1, 21000 Split


Josip Hatze Music School
Trg hrvatske bratske zajednice 3, 21000 Split
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