The Competition is intended for the participants of the Piano Loop Academy, but from
this year is also open to the non-participants.
What is interesting about the structure of Piano Loop Festival and Competition is that master class teachers and jury members are the same people, which creates a friendly and warm atmosphere. There is no any age limit for the participants in the competition. The Competition will be held in partnership with the International Keyboard Odyssiad&Festival, USA. Courtesy of this partnership, 3 finalists of the Piano Loop Competition are automatically advanced to the Semifinal Round of the 2021 International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition (Aug 2-7, 2021). It is not obligatory to participate in both events. It is simply a great opportunity and possibility for young pianists to play in 2 cities at 2 different festivals.
The decision to include a piano competition in our Festival came from the intention to foster a more engaging and effective learning. Apart from the basic, educational nature of our program, we believe that this competitive try-out will encourage pianists to make greater improvements. At the same time, our essential goal is to cultivate a supportive and congenial atmosphere, unaffected as much as possible by contest tensions. Furthermore, the festival's essential aim is to nurture a judging system which promotes strictly fair evaluations/scoring, based on interpretational qualities and unaffected by any non-musical aspects.
Vanesa Kleva Pleština, Piano Loop Festival President and founder