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.

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Lev Natochenny/Russia/Germany, Artist in residence and President of the jury of the Piano Loop Competition

Kálmán Dráfi/Hungary

Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy/Germany

Grigory Gruzman/Russia/Germany

Leonel Morales/Spain


Piano Loop Competition is an international competition for pianists with no age limit presented by the Piano Loop Festival. Any participant of the Piano Loop Academy, Piano projekt master class series and Gegen den Strom Competition is free to participate in the competition.

The competition will consist of the following separate rounds:

1. First Round - 

Max. 20 minutes of of memorized performance
- Piano work(s) of free choice written before 1940
- Optional, contestants are advised to perform one piece by Croatian composer. This part of the program is not required, however, the competitor with the best performance of Croatian author will receive a special prize. Music score will be sent to the pianist upon a request.

2. Final Round - 

Max. 40* minutes of of memorized performance
- Piano work(s) of free choice (different from the First Round)
*Students under 16 are allowed to play 20 minutes of free repertoire

Competition rules:

1.Competition is open to all pianists born between 1st of January 1985 and 31st of December 2010
2. Competition is open for all nationalities.
3.Festival participants who are taking lessons with our faculty, and also wish to participate in the piano competition, are required to independently complete all competition application process.
4.The choice of the repertoire for the competition is free; however, competitors need to perform at least two major works of different styles. Single movement or few movements from a cyclic work are acceptable.
5.Jury shall choose the works from the competitors' list which are to be played in each round.
6..All works are to be performed from memory.
7.The repertoire must be different for each round.
8.Participants are permitted to make changes to the repertoire indicated in the application form, but not later than August 1 2020. 9.The submitted repertoire is subject to review by competition officials.
10.One parent/guardian must travel with a contestant under the age of 15. 11.The competition is open to the public.
12.The Organizer shall retain all the rights to video and audio recordings.
13.Each participant will have his/her rehearsal time prior to the performance, as well as a short acoustic rehearsal in the hall in which the competition will take place.
14.The competition schedule will be published on the Competition web site and will be printed out in the Competition booklet so that the participants can receive all the necessary information in a timely manner.
15.The order of appearance of pianists will be determined by means of a draw conducted by competition officials that will be broadcast online.
16.All ballots will be written and signed without discussion and submitted to the Jury Chairman.  The Jury Chairman will review the ballots and then submit them to competition officials for scoring.
17.Jury members will not discuss their opinions and decisions regarding proceedings, marks, or rankings outside the jury room.
18.Jury members will score each contestant on a range from 1 to 100.
19.The decision of the jury is final and not subject to questions, revisions, or appeal.
20.In case of withdrawal of a member of the jury, the Organizer has the right to replace the withdrawn member with a new member.
21.The names of the contestants for the final round will be publicly announced in the order of performance, without regard to rank. After the final round is completed, the names of winners will be announced in order of rank.
22.The prizes will be deposited to the winners' bank accounts no later then 15 days after the finals. No taxes will be accounted to the prize amount.
23.If any unexpected situations arise in the execution of these guidelines, the Jury Chairman and Piano Loop Festival director will resolve such situations.

Application deadline for the competition is July 1, 2020. A maximum of approximately 15 pianists will be accepted to the semi-final. In case if applied candidate decides to cancel his/her participation in the competition, registration fee will be returned (lessened by the bank transfer fee) only if the organizer is informed on that matter no later than July 10, 2020 (cancellation needs to be sent to piano.loop.festival@gmail.com).


1 st prize Piano Loop festival winner is awarded with:
• 1000 EUR cash prize • Full solo recital at the 'First prize winner's concert' at Ethnographic Museum Split, 2020 / Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 17
• Solo concert in Split 2021 with 2 days of accommodation /Piano Loop Festival concert series

2 nd prize winners is awarded with:
• 500 EUR cash prize
• Half Recital (a full recital shared by 2nd and 3rd prize winner) at the Ethnographic Museum Split, 2020/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 18

3 rd prize winners is awarded with:
• 300 EUR cash prize
• Half Recital (a full recital shared by 2nd and 3rd prize winner) at the Ethnographic Museum Split, 2020/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 18
• Shared recital at „Piano Loop Festival Winner's“ concert in Bol at Dominican monastery/August 21
special prize will be awarded for the best performance of the Croatian piece
(*Performing a Croatian piece is not mandatory)

Winner will be awarded with: 100 EUR cash prize

• A partial Recital (a full recital shared by 2nd and 3rd prize winner) at the Ethnographic Museum Split, 2020/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 18

The Piano Loop Festival, as the Organizer, reserves the right to amend the Competition Rules.
The original English version of these rules governs all interpretations.
• Please feel free to contact us if you have questions on that matter.


• The 3rd Piano Loop Competition will be held in Josip Hatze Music School and Ethnographic Museum (Split, Croatia) from August 15, 2020 until August 17, 2020.
• All participants may attend all Festival activities.
• Since the Festival and Academy master classes start from the morning hours of August 14, competitors who travel from abroad are advised to arrive to Split by August 13, 2020.
• The piano try-out will be scheduled for August 14 and 15. The exact times of performances and warm-ups will be announced to participants by August 1.
• The winners’ names will be announced and official prize-giving ceremony will be held on August 17, 2020, after the conclusion of the Final Round. The jury’s decision is final; however, all competitors are encouraged to speak with the jury members afterwards.


• Deposit competition registration fee HERE for bank info):
100 Euros (if you will be also participating in our summer piano school, the competition registration fee needs to be deposited regardless of your summer school registration fee)
• Send a copy of deposit payment proof to piano.loop.festival@gmail.com
• Filled out competition application form (click here)
• A recent portrait photo of higher resolution (desirable formats: jpg., gif., png., pdf.), sent as an attachment to piano.loop.festival@gmail.com
• A copy of passport photo page (send it as attachment to  piano.loop.festival@gmail.com). This is not required for the citizens of the Republic of Croatia.
• For a full consideration, all the above noted requirements should be received by July 1st, 2020. If by some chance you don't hear from us by July 15th, please contact us to check if your materials were received correctly.


Josip Hatze Music School is located in two buildings: "the new" and "the old" one.

The new building houses the recital hall and several practice rooms.

The course is located in "the new school":

Trg hrvatske bratske zajednice 3, 21000 Split; a 10-minute walk from the historical city centre.

More practice rooms are to be found in the old building at: Kralja Tomislava Street 6, right in the historical city center.