Tbilisi International Piano Competition


Founder & Artistic Director MANANA DOIJASHVILI


Georgian Composer’s obligatory work for the II round

Mikheil Shugliashvili (1941-1996) – “Exercise


work for the II round

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


  • Michael Lan - UK
  • Giorgi Gigashvili - GEORGIA
  • Maxim Kinasov - RUSSIA
  • Na Seung Hyuk - REP. OF KOREA
  • Salome Modebadze - GEORGIA
  • Hin-Yat Tsang - CHINA
  • Daria Parkhomenko - RUSSIA
  • Rafael Gutieres-Velez - MEXICO
  • Dmitry Sin - RUSSIA
  • Reem Or - ISRAEL
  • Evgeniya Antonova - RUSSIA
  • Jaen Amiele Lusignan - CANADA
  • Alexander Panfilov - RUSSIA/UK
  • Yuri Noh - REP. OF  KOREA
  • Nikolas Riyad - SYRIA/UK
  • Martin Malmgren - SWEDEN
  • Danilo Saienko - UKRAINE
  • Andrzej Wiercinski - POLAND
  • Daniel Evans - UK
  • Siqian Li - CHINA
  • Giorgi Yuldashevi - GEORGIA
  • Marios Panteliadis - GREECE/ITALY
  • Ryutaro Suzuki - JAPAN
  • Alexei Melnikov - RUSSIA
  • Nikita Volov - RUSSIA
  • Tian Yi Li - CHINA
  • Anastasia Rizikov - CANADA
  • Nikolay Kuznetsov - RUSSIA
  • Itamar  Prag - ISRAEL
  • Chen Yuval - ISRAEL
  • Daumants Liepins - LATVIA

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.












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


ACC: 021087992 GEORG 





(val code: 799785232)
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  • Expenses connected with the money transfer shall be paid by the applicant.
  • Indicate the name and address of the Bank where the transfer is made from.
  • Send an application, documents and audio recording together.


For further information contact:


V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire Grand Hall.
The Georgian Music Competitions Fund.
Directorate of the Sixth Tbilisi International Piano Competition
8, Griboedov St., Tbilisi 0108, Georgia
Tel: (+995 32) 292-24-46;
Fax: (+995 32) 292-24-47;
E-mail: classica@classica.ge


  • May 1, 2017 - deadline for sending documents and complete programs according to all Rounds . Actual timing of each work performed must be stated accurately and the program should correspond to the allotted time.
  • July 1, 2017 - deadline for notifying competitors the results of audio selection.
  • August 1, 2017 - deadline for effecting any changes in the Competition program.

The following attachments should be submitted together with the application form: (PDF file)

  1. A copy of an official document (ID-card, passport);
  2. A copy of a certificate of studies, diploma;
  3. Copies of prizes won in major competitions (2010-2017).
  4. C V;
  5. Letters of recommendation from two eminent musicians;
  6. Two recent high-quality photographs (JPG File).
  7. High-quality audio recording (WAV Format).

The recording should include a 25-30 minute program selected from the Competition repertoire list (see p. 18):

a. Chopin, one etude
b. Two movements of a classical sonata
c.  Any piece


  1. Laureates of the three top prizes at any member - competition of the WFIMC /Geneva/, will be excused from the preliminary audition by submitting the proving copies of prizes;
  2. A copy of a receipt confirming transfer of non-refundable Entry Fee of 100 US Dollars/indicate the name of a competitor (no other currency allowed).
  1. The Georgian Music Competitions Fund will refund 40% of travel expenses to all competitors admitted to the Competition.
  2. The competitors will bear the accommodation expenses from the day of arrival till the Third Round. Directorate of the Competition can only help in finding host families (with instruments).
  3. The Georgian Music Competitions Fund will cover the accommodation expenses for all semifinalists and finalists.
  4. Accompanying persons shall bear all the expenses incurred by their stay in Tbilisi. Directorate of the Competition can only help them to find proper accommodation.


  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. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire Grand Hall at the International Festival “New Year Music Celebrations” (Georgia).
  • Recital in Utrecht - organized by the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition (The Netherlands).
  • Recital in Kiev - organized by the International Competition for Young Pianists in memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Ukraine).
  • Recital in Poland - organized by the Paderewski International Piano Competition
  • Recital in Dublin - organized by the Dublin International Piano Competition (Ireland).

Winners will be invited to play concerts in different venues during the three years follow- ing the Competition. The complete list of engagements will be announced at the Closing Ceremony.

  • City Hall of Tbilisi Prize -  For artistry
  • Ministry of Culture, Monuments Protection & Sports of Georgia Prize – For the best recital in the Semifinal.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Prize– For the best foreign performer of a Georgian Composer’s work Prize – 1.000 US Dollars.
  • Georgian Music Competitions Fund Prize - For the Best Performer of a Classical Sonata in the Second Round - 1.000 US Dollars.
  • Conservatoire Grand Hall Prize – CD’s for all Semifinalists with a recording of the Third Round performance.
  • “The Alfred Cortot Prize” established by Annarosa Tadei - For the Best Performer of Romantic Music – 1. 000 US Dollars.
  • Elisabeth Leonskaja Prize  - For the Best Georgian competitor – 1. 000 US Dol-lars.

The final list of prizes and awards will be announced at the Closing Ceremony.

Grand Prix First Prize 15,000 US Dollars
Second Prize 10,000 US Dollars
Third Prize 7,000 US Dollars
Fourth Prize 5,000 US Dollars
Fifth Prize 4,000 US Dollars
Sixth Prize 3,000  US Dollars

1.    The Sixth Tbilisi International Piano Competition will be held from 1-11 Octo- ber, 2017 in Tbilisi,   Georgia.
2.    The Competition is quadrennial.
3.    The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born after 11 October 1984 and before 1 October 2001.
4.    The Competition consists of four rounds: First Round, Second Round, Third Round  (Semifinal), Fourth Round (Final with orchestra). 
12 contestants will be admitted to the Semifinal and 6 to the Final.
5.    The Competition is open to the public in all rounds.
6.    The program shall be performed from memory.
7.    No work shall be repeated at any stage of the Competition.
8.    No changes in the submitted program will be accepted.
9.    The order of performances in the Competition will be determined by drawing of lots and will be strictly adhered to throughout the Competition.
10.  All competitors must attend drawing of lots on October 1, 2017.
11.  All semifinalists will be awarded certificates.
12.  All finalists will be awarded prizes, competition medals and diplomas.
13.  All prize winners must take part in the Gala Concert without receiving a fee.
14.  In the event of any recordings all rights belong to the Georgian Music Competi - tions Fund.