The 2003 Competition
  1. Antti Siirala (Finland)

  2. Evgenia Rubinova (Uzbekistan)

  3. Yuma Osaki (Japan)

  4. Igor Tchetuev (Ukraine)

  5. Chiao Ying-Chang (Taiwan)

  6. Sodi Braide (United Kingdom)

  • Chairman: Dame Fanny Waterman DBE

  • Dmitri Alexeev

  • Michel Béroff

  • Philippe Entremont

  • Zhou Guangren

  • Klaus Hellwig

  • Peter Jablonski

  • Robert Levin

  • Richard Morrison

  • Hiroko Nakamura

  • John O'Conor

  • Jea Louis Steuerman

  • Melvyn Tann

  • Fou Ts'Ong

  • First Stage

    Competitors must choose one work from the following list together with one or more works of their own choice to make up a programme of no less than 25 minutes (30 minutes maximum).


    Choose 3 of the following group of 4 Preludes & Fugues all from Book 1 of the Well-tempered Clavier:

    Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C sharp min

    Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D

    Prelude & Fugue No. 8 in E flat min

    Prelude & Fugue No. 9 in E

    Toccata (with Fugue) in C min, BWV 911

    Toccata (with Fugue) in D, BWV 912 C

    Toccata (with Fugue) in D min, BWV 913

    Partita No. 2 in C min, BWV 826

    English Suite No. 2 in A min, BWV 830

    Concerto in the Italian Manner, BWV 807

    Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D min, BWV971

    Ricercare Ã  6 (The Musical Offering), BWV 903


    A group of five contrasting sonatas


    Sonata in E min, H.XVI/34

    Sonata in A flat, H.XVI/46

    Sonata in C, H.XVI/48

    Sonata in E flat, H.XVI/49

    Sonata in C, H.XVI/50

    Sonata in E flat, H.XVI/52


    Sonata in F, K. 332

    Sonata in C min, K. 457

    Fantasy in C min, K. 475

    Sonata in F, K. 533/494

    Sonata in B flat, K. 570

    Sonata in D, K. 576

    Rondo in A min, K. 511


    Sonata in F sharp min, Op. 26 No. 2

    Sonata in D, Op. 40 No. 3

    Rondo in A min, K. 511


    Sonata in A, Op. 2 No. 2

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

    Sonata in E flat, Op. 27 No. 1

    Sonata in C sharp min (‘Moonlight’), Op.27 No. 2

    Sonata in C (‘Waldstein’), Op. 53

    Sonata in F, Op. 54

    Sonata in E flat (‘Les Adieux’), Op. 81a

    Sonata in E min, Op. 90

    Sonata in A, Op. 101

    Sonata in E, Op. 109

    Sonata in A flat, Op. 110 32

    Variations in C min, WoO 80

    6 Bagatelles, Op. 126

  • Second Stage

    Competitors must choose one work from the following list together with one or more pieces of their own choice to make a programme of no less than 50 minutes (55 minutes maximum). No work previously performed by the Competitor in the first stage may be included:


    ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy in C, D760

    Sonata in A min, D845

    Sonata in G, D894

    Sonata in C min, D958

    Sonata in A, D959

    Sonata in B flat, D960

    4 Impromptus, D935


    12 Etudes, Op. 10

    12 Etudes, Op. 55

    24 Preludes, Op. 28

    Sonata in B flat min, Op. 55

    Sonata in B min, Op. 58

    A Group of any six Waltzes


    Carnaval, Op. 9

    Kreisleriana, Op. 16

    Fantasie in C, Op. 17

    Humoresque, Op. 20


    Sonata in E, Op. 6


    ‘Transcendental’ Etudes Nos. 9, 10, 11 & 12 (all four pieces must be performed)

    Sonata in B min


    Sonata No. 3 in F min, op. 5

    4 Ballades, Op. 10

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

    Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (bothBooks)

    7 Fantasies, Op. 116

    Study No. 5 (Chaconne in D min) Bach/Brahms


    Sonata No. 2 in B flat min, Op. 36

    Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42


    Gaspard de la nuit

    Valses nobles et sentimentales

    Le tombeau de Couperin


    Goyescas (any 4 of the 6 pieces)




    2.El Puerto

    3.Fête-Dieu à Seville

    7.El Albaicin

    (all 4 pieces must be performed)

  • Semi Final

    The Competitor will perform a programme entirely of his or her own choice of not less than 70 minutes (maximum 75 minutes). No work included in either of the previous two Stages may be performed in this Stage.

  • Final Stage

    One of the following concertos must be performed with the Hallé conducted by Mark Elder CBE:


    B flat, K. 456

    D min, K. 466

    C, K. 467

    C min, K. 491

    C ,K. 503

    B flat, K. 595


    No.1 in C, Op. 15

    No.2 in B flat, Op. 19

    No.3 in C min, Op. 37

    No.4 in G, Op. 58

    No.5 IN e flat, Op. 73


    No.2 in F min, Op. 21


    A min, Op. 54


    No.1 in D min, Op. 15

    No.2 in E flat, Op. 83


    No.1 in B flat min, Op. 23


    No.1 in D flat, Op. 10

    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


    No.1 in D flat, Op. 10

    No.3 in C, Op. 26


    No.2, Sz. 95

    No.3, Sz. 119


    in G

Career Highlights
  • Antti Siirala
    Antti Siirala (Finland) - 1st Prize

    Finnish pianist Antti Siirala has established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. In addition to a stunning debut with the San Francisco Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under Osmo Vänskä, his American engagements include the Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and the New Jersey Symphony, among others. He has also performed with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Worldwide, Mr. Siirala has appeared with the Bamberg Symphony, BBC/London, City of Birmingham Symphony, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra/Berlin, NDR Orchestra/Hannover, New Japan Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest/The Hague, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, WDR Orchestra/Cologne, Zurich Tonhalle and the orchestras of Melbourne and Queensland, among others. An enthusiastic recitalist, Antti Siirala was recently selected as one of four pianists to perform on the piano recital series of the Berlin Philharmonic (the others being Pierre Laurent Aimard, Lang Lang and Martin Helmchen).

  • Evgenia Rubinova
    Evgenia Rubinova (Uzbekistan) - 2nd Prize

    The highlights of Ms Rubinova's previous concert seasons included performances at Birmingham Symphony Hall for BBC with national broadcast, of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.271 and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto under B. Mettke in Germany. She gave her solo recital debut at the esteemed “Bocconi University” concert series in Milan, Italy and was invited back to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto under Mark Elder with the Hallé Orchestra in Bradford. Ms. Rubinova was heard in both recital and orchestral performance with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris at the Lille Piano Festival in France.

  • Yuma Osaki
    Yuma Osaki (Japan) - 3rd Prize

    She has performed with such orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Having moved to Japan from Paris in 2010, this promising young lady's future career is attracting much attention.

  • Igor Tchetuev
    Igor Tchetuev (Ukraine) - 4th Prize

    Tchetuev has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre Pasdeloup in Salle Pleyel, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Saint-Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Orchestre de Pau and at the Folles Journées in Nantes. He gives numerous recitals in France and Europe amongst which, at the Wigmore Hall, Festival de Menton, Husum Festival in Germany, at the Festival de Colmar, Chopin Festival Paris, Lisztomania Festival, the Montpellier Festival, Lille Piano Festival, and plays chamber music at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, also at the Wiener Philharmonie, Prague Rudolfinum, Mariinsky Theatre, Berlin Philharmonie, Scala di Milano, Wiener Staatsoper, etc. accompanying Ferruccio Furlanetto.

  • Chiao Ying-Chang
    Chiao Ying-Chang (Taiwan) - 5th Prize

    Chiao-Ying has given recitals at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Jacqueline Du Pre Hall, St. Georges Bristol, Carnegie Hall in New York, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Konzerthaus in Berlin, and major festivals including the Cambridge Summer, North Aldeborough, Ribble Valley, Newbury, Brighton, Oundle and Honiton Festivals. As an active chamber musician, Chiao-Ying has collaborated with renowned artists including James Buswell, Lawrence Power, Alison Balsom and So-Ock Kim among others.

    She is a founding member of the Fournier Piano Trio and her duo collaboration with cellist Pei-Jee Ng won the Libero Lana Prize at the 2011 Trieste International Chamber Music Competition.

    This season highlights include her trio's Wigmore Hall debut, a six-concert tour in Scotland, recitals in Newbury and Bath Festivals, and a concerto debut with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

  • Sodi Braide
    Sodi Braide (United Kingdom) - 6th Prize

    Braide is an avid chamber music performer. He has also performed with orchestras such as the Neue Philarmonie Westfalen, the Inter Loire Orchestra, the Paris International Orchestra, the Toulouse Tempo Orchestra and the Caracas National Philharmonic Orchestra. His 2006 solo recording of piano works by César Franck for the French label Lyrinx received excellent reviews in France and other countries. Braide’s performances have been broadcast on TV by MEZZO and the BBC.