The 1990 Competition
  1. Artur Pizarro (Portugal)

  2. Lars Vogt (Germany)

  3. Eric le Sage (France)

  4. Balazs Szokolay (Hungary)

  5. Haesun Paik (Korea)

  6. Andrei Zheltong (Russian Federation)

  • Chairman: Dame Fanny Waterman DBE

  • Marcello Abbado

  • José Carlos de Sequeira Costa

  • Sergei Dorensky

  • Werner Felix

  • Claude Frank

  • Konstantin Ganev

  • Hans Graf

  • Dominique Merlet

  • Hiroko Nakamura

  • John O'Conor

  • Cecil Ousset

  • Harold C Schonberg

  • Gordon Stewart

  • Arie Vardi

  • First Stage

    The competitor will play one work from the following list together with one or more works of his or her own choice to a maximum overall time of 40 minutes. The time-limit must be strictly adhered to:


    Partita No. 2 in C min

    Partita No. 6 in E min

    Partita in B min

    English Suite No. 6 in D min


    Fantasy and Sonata in C min (K. 475 and K.457)


    Sonata in E flat, Hob. XVI No. 52


    Sonata in C min, Op. 13 (‘Pathetique’)

    Sonata in C sharp min, Op. 27 No. 2

    Sonata in C, Op. 53 (‘Waldstein’)

    Sonata in F min, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’)

    Sonata in A, Op. 101

    Sonata in E, Op. 109

    Sonata in A flat, Op. 110

    Sonata in C min, Op. 111

    ‘Eroica’ Variations, Op. 35

  • Second Stage

    The competitor will play one work from the following list together with one or more works of his or her own choice to a maximum overall time of 55 minutes. This recital may not include a work previously performed by the competitor in the First Stage:


    ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy in C

    Sonata in D, D850

    Sonata in G, D894

    4 Impromptus, D 899

    Sonata in B flat, D960


    12 Etudes, Op. 10

    12 Etudes, Op. 25

    Any 12 conseutive Preludes, Op. 28

    Sonata in B flat min, Op. 35

    Sonata in B min, Op. 58


    Fantasiestücke,Op. 12

    Faschingsschwankaus Wien, Op. 26

    Davidsbündlertänze,Op. 6

    Fantasy in C, Op. 17


    Sonata in B min


    Sonata No. 2 in F sharp min, Op. 2

    Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op.24

    ‘Paganini’ Variations, Op. 35 (both Books)

  • Semi Final

    The Competitor will perform a programme entirely of his or her own choice of about 70 minutes’ duration. This recital must include a substantial work composed in the twentieth century and may not include a work previously performed by the competitor in the First and Second Stages.

  • Final Stage

    One concerto from the list to be performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle:


    C, K. 467

    C, K. 503


    No.1 in C min

    No.3 in C min

    No.5 in E flat


    No.2, Sz. 95


    A min


    No.2 in B flat


    No.3 in D min


    G maj


    No.1 in D flat

Career Highlights
  • Artur Pizarro
    Artur Pizarro (Portugal) - 1st Prize

    Artur Pizarro performs internationally in recital, chamber music and with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Artur is an active chamber musician and has performed at chamber music festivals throughout the world.

  • Lars Vogt
    Lars Vogt (Germany) - 2nd Prize

    Vogt has enjoyed a varied career for over twenty years. His versatility as an artist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to the romantics Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto. A keen chamber musician, Lars Vogt is now increasingly working with orchestras both as conductor and directing from the keyboard.

  • Eric le Sage
    Eric le Sage (France) - 3rd Prize

    In 2010 Eric Le Sage very successfully recorded Robert Schumann’s complete works for piano. He has been invited to perform in this context in various venues around the world including the Louisiana Museum of Arts in Denmark for a 10-concert. Reviewers from the world over have written elated comments about what is already cited as a reference in the history of Schumann recordings.

    Le Sage is often invited to perform as a soloist with international orchestras and has performed recitals and chamber music concerts in major venues in Germany, Italy, Spain, the United-Kingdom, South America, the United-States and Japan.,31?lang=en

  • Balazs Szokolay
    Balazs Szokolay (Hungary) - 4th Prize

    Szokolay’s repertoire covers a wide range of styles with a strong focus on chamber music. Among his chamber music partners are Clemens Hagen, Aurèle Nicolet, Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi, Vilmos Szabadi, Bartok string-quartett, Shanghai Quartett, Gervaise de Peyer. As a soloist, Mr. Szokolay has performed with many orchestras, including the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. He has recorded extensively with Naxos , Hungaroton, and other recording companies. One of his Grieg-Naxos CDs was named "Record of the Year" by London’s Daily Telegraph in 1992.

    He has been a piano professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest since 1987. In the Spring Semester of 2006, he was invited as a Visiting Scholar and piano professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey , USA and was a guset professor at the University of Graz in 2009. In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Liszt Prize by the Hungarian Government.

  • Haesun Paik
    Haesun Paik (Korea) - 5th Prize

    Ms. Paik has appeared with leading orchestras and has appeared frequently in recitals including New York's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Bank of Boston Celebrity Series at Jordan Hall, Boston and also in concert halls around the world in major cities of Europe, North America, South America and Asia. She has continued to appear in music festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Her recent concert engagements include solo appearances with Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra and Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Asian Star Gala concert tour in Japan, Russian National Orchestra tour in Korea with Mikhail Pletnev, duo concert tour with cellist Mischa Maisky, recitals at 100 International Pianist Series in Japan and also in France, South America, China, Korea, among others. Ms. Paik has exclusively recorded for EMI Korea since1997. Her third recording of all Liszt program was released recently.

    Ms. Paik was the youngest pianist to be appointed as a music professor at Seoul National University in Korea (1994). After teaching at the university for 10 years, she decided to give up her professorship in order to broaden her musical experiences and views in life. Currently Ms. Paik divides her time between U. S. and Korea where she is the artistic director of Busan Music Festival.