The performances are evaluated by the Jury
consisting of outstanding pianists and pedagogues
Tobias Koch approaches the mysteries of sound with open-mindedness, versatility, and a sense of joy for discovery. Considered one of the leading interpreters of romantic music, particularly of the works of Robert Schumann, Koch’s musical career has taken him to concert venues throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and other regions of the world. As a soloist, chamber musician and Lied accompanist he performed at numerous international music festivals. He has recorded more than 40 CD productions with works by composers ranging from Mozart to Brahms, receiving international awards and critical acclaim. Among them are the recordings of all piano pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven and two CDs for the New Complete Beethoven Edition by Deutsche Grammophon, featuring a number of world premieres of newly discovered and previously unreleased works for piano. Koch participated in master classes at the music conservatories of Düsseldorf and Graz and is a teacher at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf and the Berlin University of Arts. He is a jury member of renowned piano competitions, such as the International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw or the German Chopin Competition.
The only resident full-time concert pianist in Australia, Gil Sullivan studied with Murray Perahia and Paul Badura-Skoda. He has performed in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States, giving recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and Berlin and Vienna Konzerthäuser. He is one of the few pianists in the world performing all of Mozart’s piano works. His discography includes piano concertos by Tchaikovsky and Schumann with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, among others. He regularly records for the ABC’s National FM Radio and the Hong Kong Radio and performs live on both of these networks. A distinguished teacher, he is a faculty member at the Elder Conservatorium (Australia) and has frequently given lectures and held master classes at the Seoul Art School, University of Oxford, London’s Royal Academy and Royal College of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and South Carolina University. He is an active propagator of Julian Cochran’s music.
Top prize-winner at the Schumann and Chopin International Piano Competitions.
Honorary Member of Chopin Society in Warsaw.
Guest Professor of the Central Music Conservatory in Beijing.
Currently Professor of the Musical Arts Academy in Madrid,
Professor at the EuroArt Academy.
Originally from Riga(Latvia), Dina Yoffe started her musical education at the distinguished Emil Darzin's Special School of Music in her hometown, and continued at The Central Music School in Moscow. Graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, under the tutelage of Professor Vera Gornostayeva, one of the most important proponents of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus school.
The concert activities of Dina Yoffe are well known throughout many continents and countries in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, etc. Among the high points of her international career concerts with outstanding orchestras, such as the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, the Japanese Radio Orchestra NHK under Neville Marriner, the Moscow Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev and Dmitri Kitayenko, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra under James De Pries, Orchestra "Kremerata Baltica" under Gidon Kremer, "Moscow Soloist" under Y. Bashmet, Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia under J.Kaspszyk, Vancouver Symphony, Europian soloists orchestra (Luxemburg), Bruno Walter Symphony Orchestra.