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.
Originally from Riga, Latvia, Dina Yoffe graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow under Professor Vera Gornostaeva. She is the top prize-winner at the Schumann and Chopin International Piano Competitions. Her name is recognized in many European countries, as well as in ex-USSR, Israel, Japan, USA, and Canada. She performed as a soloist with outstanding orchestras all around the world. She took part in international music festivals and performed at renowned concert halls such as Sala Verdi in Milano, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Great Hall of Moscow. Dina Yoffe also participates in Chamber Music Festivals, where she played together with many internationally renowned musicians, such as G. Kremer, Y. Bashmet, V. Tretiakov, V. Repin, M. Vaiman, M. Brunello and others. She gives numerous master classes in Europe, USA, Japan, such as Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, or at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London. Her other accomplishments include being a Guest Professor at the Yamaha Master Classes in Paris, New York, Hamburg and Tokyo, as well as a jury member of international piano competitions. Moreover, Dina Yoffe has a broad discography which includes recordings of works by Chopin, Schumann, and Scriabin, among others.