Tbilisi International Piano Competition


Founder & Artistic Director MANANA DOIJASHVILI


The Conservatoire Grand Hall was built in 1938-1941, when the conservatoire building was undergoing its first reconstruction (Architect: Shalva Tavadze). It was festively opened on January 28, 1942. In 1963 a three manual and forty register “Alexander Schuke Potsdam” organ was installed in the Grand Hall. Its timbre and register specifications were perfectly adjusted to the Hall’s acoustics. Over the years famous organ players such as Isay Braudo, James Dalton, Jean Guillou, Garry Grodberg, Hugo Lepnurm and Leonid Roizman have performed on this remarkable instrument. Renowned Georgian organ player Eter Mgaloblishvili’s career is also inextricably linked with this organ.
During ten years, (1987 – 1997), the Grand Hall did not function. On Manana Doidjashvili’s initiative and the Georgian government’s support the Hall has been restored and renovated, in the result of which the Hall has once again become a very significant cultural center for our capital. In 1998 the Georgian Parliament together with the Republic of Germany restored the organ. The Grand Hall has a seating capacity of 500; it is remarkable in terms of acoustics and can host both symphony and chamber concerts. The orchestra pit makes it possible to perform operas there as well. The Hall has digital audio-recording studio, organ, two “Steinway & Sons” concert grand pianos and all facilities which meet modern standards. 
 Since 1997 the Grand Hall has hosted annual international festival New Year Music Celebrations.
They feature outstanding contemporary musicians performing, classical and folk music, as well as jazz. The Grand Hall hosts various cultural events like the Georgian Competitions of Musician-Performers and the Tbilisi International Piano Competition, International Symposia on Traditional Polyphony, as well as book presentations, exhibitions of paintings etc.


Georgian Composer’s obligatory work for the II round

Mikheil Shugliashvili (1941-1996) – “Exercise


work for the II round

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia H.E. Mr. Giorgi Janelidze

Ambassador of the Republic of Italy H.E.Mr. Antonio Enrico Bartoli

Ambassador of the Republic of Poland H.E.Mr. Mariusz Maszkiewicz

Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Mr. Zeki Levent Gümrükçü

Ambassador of Norway to Azerbaijan and Georgia  H.E. Mr. Bård Ivar Svendsen

List of participants of The Sixth Tbilisi International Piano Competition, October 1-11, 2017: 

  • Gigashvili Giorgi GEORGIA
  • Gutieres-Velez  Rafael MEXICO
  • Wiercinski Andrzej POLAND
  • Kuznetsov  Nikolay RUSSIA
  • Lan Michael UK
  • Li Siqian CHINA
  • Li Tian Yi CHINA
  • Liepins Daumants LATVIA
  • Modebadze Salome GEORGIA
  • Panfilov Alexander RUSSIA/UK
  • Prag Itamar   ISRAEL
  • Parkhomenko Daria RUSSIA
  • Rizikov Anastasia CANADA
  • Seung-Hyuk Na SOUT  KOREA
  • Sin Dmitry RUSSIA
  • Suzuki Ryutaro JAPAN
  • Chen Yuval ISRAEL


Georgia / USA
/Chairman/   Georgia
Uruguay / France


Drawing of lots Opening Ceremony and the Concert

  • 1 October, Sunday

Second Round

  • 4 October, Wednesday
  • 5 October, Thursday


1 October, Sunday


Drawing of lots
Opening Ceremony and the Concert

2 October, Monday
3 October, Tuesday


First Round

4 October, Wednesday
5 October, Thursday


Second Round

6 October, Friday
7 October, Saturday


Third Round (Semifinal)

9 October, Monday
10 October, Tuesday


Fourth Round (Final)
Master classes held by the Jury members

11 October, Wednesday


Closing Ceremony and  the Winners’ Gala Performance




FIRST ROUND (20–25 minutes)


1. J.S. Bach: One of the following Preludes and Fugues from
                     “The Well-Tempered Clavier”:
           Volume I: C-sharp minor, E-flat minor, F minor, F- sharp minor, G -sharp minor, A minor, B- flat minor, B minor;
           Volume II: C- sharp minor, D major, D- sharp minor, E major, F- sharp minor, G minor,G -sharp minor, B- flat minor, B major.
2. D. Scarlatti: Two sonatas of the competitor’s choice
3. F. Chopin: One of the following etudes:
                    Op. 10, No 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12
                    Op. 25, No 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11
4. One work at the competitor’s choice.


SECOND ROUND (40–45 minutes)

1.  One sonata by J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. Beethoven or F. Schubert
2.  The work of a Georgian composer*
3.  One complete major work or a complete opus or a complete cycle by: F. Schubert,
     R. Schumann, F. Chopin, F. Liszt, J. Brahms or C. Franck or S. Rachmaninov.


* the work of a Georgian composer could be downloaded from our official website: www.tbilisipiano.org.ge


THIRD ROUND  (Semifinal) (55–60 minutes)

Program must include works of different styles and epochs, the 20th century music among them.



One of the following concertos is to be performed with a symphony orchestra:


W. A. Mozart

Concertos in: B flat major. K 450; in G major. K 453; in B flat major. K 456; in D minor. K 466; in C major. K 467; in E flat major. K 482; in A major. K 488; in C minor. K 491; in C major. K 503; in D major. K 537; in B flat major. K 595.


L. van Beethoven

  • Concerto no.1 in C major, op.15
  • Concerto no 2 in B-flat major, op.19
  • Concerto no.3 in C minor, op.37
  • Concerto no.4 in G major, op.58
  • Concerto no.5 in E-flat major, op.73

F. Chopin                

  • Concerto no.1 in E minor, op.11
  • Concerto no.2 in F minor, op.21

F. Liszt                    

  • Concerto no.1 in E-flat major

R. Schumann        

  • Concerto in A minor, op.54

J. Brahms              

  • Concerto no.1 in D minor, op. 15
  • Concerto no.2 in B-flat major, op.83

P. Tchaikovsky      

  • Concerto no.1 in B-flat minor, op.23

S. Rachmaninoff  

  • Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18
  • Concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op.43

S. Prokofiev          

  • Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.16
  • Concerto no.3 in C major, op.26
  • Tbilisi City Hall
  • Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia
  • V.Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire


  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
  • Embassy of the Republic of Turkey 
  • Embassy of the Republic of Italy 
  • Embassy of the Republic of Poland
  • Embassy of Norway to Azerbaijan and Georgia
  •  Ms. Liza Leonskaja
  • Mrs. Maia Adamia-Griffin 




  • Representer of a “YAMAHA” concert grand piano:

           Mr.Gyoten IASUAKI – executive director of Yamaha Music Gulf FZE & IMTC MUSIC.

  • Mr.Bob Mejer 
  • Company “ERNST&YOUNG” 


  •  “Rustavi-2”



  1. The Jury of the Competition shall have the right:
    • Not to award any of the prizes;
    • To share prize/prizes except Grand Prix First Prize among the established number of finalists.
  2. No Member of the Jury may present a competitor who has been his/her student during the period ending 3 years prior to the Competition (2015-2017).
  3. All decisions of the Jury will be final and beyond appeal.




  • Recital in Tbilisi organized by V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire Grand Hall at the “New Year Music Celebrations” International Festival  (Georgia)
  • Recital in Utrecht - organized by International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Utrecht, (The Netherlands). 
  • Recital in Kiev– organized by International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of    Vladimir Horowitz (Ukraine). 
  • Recital in Bydgoszcz/Toruń - organized by the Paderewski Interational Piano Competition (Poland)
  • Recital in Paris Salle Cortot- organized by "ANIMATO PARIS". (France)
  • Recital with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra in Gdansk – organized by the artistic director and chief conductor of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra George Tchitchinadze (Poland)


  • City Hall of Tbilisi Prize -  For artistry - bronze statuette "Magic Note" - Daumants Liepiens (Latvia).
  • Ministry of Culture, Monuments Protection & Sports of Georgia Prize – For the best recital in the Semifinal - gilt bronze figurine "Muse" - Tian Yi Li (China).
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia special Prize– For the best foreign performer of a Georgian Composer’s work  – 1.000 US Dollars - Anastasia Rizikov (Canada). 
  • Embassy of Norway in Georgia special Prize - For the Best Performer of a Classical Sonata in the Second Round - 1.000 US Dollars - Andrzej Wiercinski (Poland). 
  • Embassy of Poland in Georgia special Prize – For the Best Performance of a Chopin Etude  - US $ 1000 - Ryutaro Suzuki (Japan).
  • Embassy of  Italy in Georgia special Prize – For the best performance of a Scarlatti Sonata  - US $ 1000 - Tian Yi Li (China). 
  • Embassy of Turkey in special Georgia – For the best performance of piano concerto - US $ 1000 - Giorgi Gigashvili (Georgia). 
  • Annarosa Tadei's special Prize awarded by The Georgian Music Competitions Fund - For the Best Performer of Romantic Music – 1. 000 US Dollars - Tian Yi Li (China). 
  • Liza Leonskaja special Prize  - For the Best Georgian performer – 1. 000 US Dol-lars - Giorgi Gigashvili (Georgia).
  • Maia Adamia-Griffin special Incentive Prize - For the best Semifinalist not admitted to the Final - 500 US Dollars - Ryutaro Suzuki (Japan).
  • Conservatoire Grand Hall Prize – CDs for all Semifinalists with a recording of the Third Round.



Grand Prix - First Prize    NOT AWARDED 

Second Prize                  10,000 US Dollars      Giorgi Gigashvili         (Georgia) - Donated by Bob Meijer

Third Prize                       7,000 US Dollars       Tian Yi Li                     (China)

Third Prize                       7,000 US Dollars        Anastasia Rizikov       (Canada)

Fourth Prize                     5,000 US Dollars        Daumants Liepins       (Latvia)

Fifth Prize                        4,000 US Dollars         Andrzej  Wiercinski     (Poland)

Sixth Prize                       3,000  US Dollars        Seung-Hyuk Na          (South Korea)

Georgia / USA
/Chairman/   Georgia
Uruguay / France