The 2009 Competition
  1. Sofya Gulyak (Russian Federation)

  2. Alexej Gorlatch (Ukraine)

  3. Alessandro Taverna (Italy)

  4. David Kadouch (France)

  5. Wai-Ching Rachel Cheung (China)

  6. Jianing Kong (China)

  • Chairman: Dame Fanny Waterman DBE

  • Dmitri Bashkirov

  • Ian Hobson

  • Karl-Heinz Kämmerling

  • Emanuel Krasovsky

  • Dominique Merlet

  • John O'Conor

  • Piotr Paleczny

  • Menahem Pressler

  • John Roos

  • Soo Jung Shin

  • Choi Sown Le

  • Tamas Vasary

  • Ramzi Yassa

  • Xu Zhong

  • First Stage

    Competitors must choose one important work by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven or Weber, together with one or more works of their own choice to make up a programme of no less than 25 minutes (30 minutes maximum).

  • Second Stage

    Competitors must choose one work, or group of works by Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Ravel, Debussy, Mussorgsky, Granados or Albeniz, together with one or more pieces of their own choice to make a programme of no less than 50 minutes (55 minutes maximum).

  • Semi Final

    The Competitor will perform a programme, of his or her own choice, of no less than 65 minutes (70 minutes maximum. No work included in either if the two previous Stages may be performed in this Stage.

  • Final Stage

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


    Concerto in E flat, K. 271

    Concerto in D min, K. 466

    Concerto in C, K. 467

    Concerto in C min, K. 491

    Concerto in C, K. 503


    Concerto in No. 1 in C, Op. 15

    Concerto in No. 2 in B flat, Op. 19

    Concerto in No. 3 in C min, Op. 37

    Concerto in No. 4 in G, Op. 58

    Concerto in No. 5 in E flat, Op. 73


    Concerto in No. 1 in E min, Op. 11

    Concerto in No. 2 in F min, Op. 21


    Concerto in A min, Op. 54


    Concerto in A min, Op. 16


    Concerto No. 1 in E flat, S. 124

    Concerto No. 2 in A, S. 125


    Concerto in D min, Op. 15

    Concerto in B flat, Op. 83


    Concerto in B flat min, Op. 23


    Concerto No. 1 in F sharp min, Op. 1

    Concerto No. 2 in C min, Op. 18

    Concerto No. 3 in D min, Op. 30


    Concerto No. 3, Sz. 119


    Concerto No. 1 in D flat, Op. 10

    Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26

Career Highlights
  • Sofya Gulyak
    Sofya Gulyak (Russian Federation) - 1st Prize

    Gulyak was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition – the first and up to the day of writing the only woman to achieve this distinction. Since then she has appeared all over the world to great acclaim. Her recital programs are frequently reviewed in superlatives, and her concerto appearances with major orchestras are written up in glowing terms by the world’s music press. Sofya has been praised for her "tremendous precision and coloration...exquisite soft playing ...delicacy yet" and described as a" Rach star"("Washington Post").

  • Alexej Gorlatch
    Alexej Gorlatch (Ukraine) - 2nd Prize

    Gorlatch has given highly acclaimed performances at the world’s most prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Great Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie. He has been invited to perform at the Festival International de Piano “La Roque d’Anthéron”, Lucerne Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, and Yokohama International Piano Festival and been on concert tours in Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Italy, Ireland, Germany and the USA. Gorlatch has appeared with numerous orchestras, such as the Hallé, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, RTÉ National Symphony Ireland, leading orchestras of Japan and manuy more. He has made several CD recordings OehmsClassics, BR Klassik, Genuin and RAM and is a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben (German Foundation for Musical Life), SWR2 New Talent and the Mozart Society of Dortmund.

  • Alessandro Taverna
    Alessandro Taverna (Italy) - 3rd Prize

    Taverna opened the 2009-2010 season of Lorin Maazel’s Châteauville Foundation in Castleton/Virginia. This is when Maestro Maazel invited him to tour with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2012/2013 season. In 2012 he was awarded with the "Premio Sinopoli", for his artistic activity and international career. In February 2014 he will be the soloist in Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Münchner Philharmoniker at Gasteig Munich and Musikverein Vienna, conducted by Lorin Maazel.

    Taverna teaches at the Music Academy Santa Cecilia in Portogruaro and he is Artistic Director of the Music Association "Alapiano" based in Ala (Italy). Since 2013 he has been a professor at the Conservatorio L. Perosi in Campobasso (Italy).

  • David Kadouch
    David Kadouch (France) - 4th Prize

    Kadouch has performed at several major festivals and regularly plays chamber music with Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Michel Dalberto, Nikolaj Znaider, Radovan Vlatkovic, Frans Helmerson, as well as the Quartets Quiroga, Ebène and Ardeo.

    In the 2010/11 season he had his New York debut recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has performed with several major European orchestras. This Season he will give recitals in Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Reims, Madrid, Verbier, Luzern, Elmau, Munich, Strasbourg, as well as solo recital and duo concert with Renaud Capuçon in Japan.

  • Wai-Ching Rachel Cheung
    Wai-Ching Rachel Cheung (China) - 5th Prize

    As a sought after young artist she frequently gives recitals and concerts in the most prestigious and important concert halls in Paris, Hong Kong, London, Poland, Holland, Ukraine, St. Petersburg, and the United States. She is now pursuing her Master of Music Degree at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Prof. Peter Frankl and has recently been awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists.

  • Jianing Kong
    Jianing Kong (China) - 6th Prize

    Kong has performed in numerous prestigious venues across the U.K. such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Cadogan Hall, Leeds Town Hall, the Chipping-Campden Festival, Steinway Hall, the Draper’s Hall, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Wigmore Hall, as well as other European venues such as Bechstein Centrum in Frankfurt and Salle Cortot in Paris. As a concerto soloist he has collaborated with the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra under Peter Stark at the Royal Academy of Music and the RCM Sinfonietta in the world premier of Harris Kittos’s Vessel Tale.