30 competitors from 19 countries will take part in the 1st Ljubljana Festival International Piano Competition:
- Bradshaw Ryan Martin, Slovakia, Australia
- Cai Yan, China
- Cai Yangrui, China
- Chang Kai-Min, Taiwan, China
- Chen Wanchuan, China
- Dalibaltayan Arsen, Croatia
- Evgrafov Evgenii, Russia
- Goručan Jure, Slovenia
- Grianti Luca, Italy
- Hayek Nabeel, Israel
- Huang Yi-Chung, Taiwan, China
- Jones Fantee, Taiwan, China, United States of America
- Khrikuli David, Georgia
- Khandohi Uladzislau, Belarus
- Kliuchereva Elizaveta, Russia
- Kozin Ruben, Russia
- Lopatynskyi Roman, Ukraine
- Mak Jonathan, Canada
- Mun Arsenii, Russia
- Naranjo Pérez Víctor, Spain
- Noh Heeseong, South Korea
- Petrov Vladimir, Mexico, Russia
- Pion Élisabeth, Canada
- Raos Aleksandar, Serbia
- Shmukler Ilya, Russia
- Segal Alexandra, Israel, Ukraine
- Stanič Urban, Slovenia
- Starikov Vitaly, Israel, Russia
- Tashko Kostandin, Albania
- Yuanfan Yang, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the pianist was chosen by the Artistic Director personally from the laureates of WFIMC piano competitions. He was named SECOND PRIZE-WINNER of the 6th Hong Kong International Piano Competition)
In all stages of the competition, the pianists will be judged by a professional 9-member jury, consisting of renowned musicians under the chairmanship of Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak: Ricardo Castro (Brazil), Anne-Marie McDermott (United States of America), Barry Douglas (United States of America, Ireland), Cyprien Katsaris (France, Cyprus), Violetta Egorova (Russia), Ick-Choo Moon (South Korea), Robert Benz (Germany) and Leonel Morales (Spain).
The introductory meeting of the contestants will take place on 24 February at 9.30 am in the Slovenian Philharmonic, where the order of performances will be drawn and where the contestants will be able to choose the piano they will play. The competition will run from 25 February to 4 March 2023. You can find the exact competition schedule here.
There will be a free live streaming of all performances on the website ljubljanafestival.si and the Facebook profile of the International Piano Competition of the Ljubljana Festival.
For the first two stages of the competition (25 February – 1 March), free tickets will be available for all visitors, and for the final performance with the orchestra (3 and 4 March), free tickets will be available for high school and university students upon presentation of a valid student card.
Other visitors can get tickets for the final concerts at the Križanke box office, at ljubljanafestival.si, at Petrol service stations and at EventimSi sales points. During the pre-sale, which lasts until November 10, members of the Festival Club Ljubljana are entitled to a 20% discount, and in the regular sale to a 10% discount. You can join the club here.