The Competition is intended only for the participants of the Piano Loop Academy, which makes it a sort of an "insider" Competition.  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 Gegen den Strom Festival in Bad Ems, Germany.  Courtesy of this partnership, finalists of the Gegen den Strom competition are granted exemption from the first qualifying round at the Piano Loop Festival Competition. Winners of the “Gegen den Strom” competition will be invited for recitals in the Piano Loop Festival.

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Lev Natochenny/Russia, Artist in residence and President of the jury

Wonmi Kim/Korea, Guest Professor/Artist

Eugene Choi/Korea, Director of the Piano Loop Academy and Artist in residence

Piano Loop Festival is organized by the Piano projekt Association from Split.
Piano projekt Association is a member of Alink-Argerich Foundation.


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.

5 finalist from Gegen den Strom Competition are directly advanced to the finale of the Piano Loop Competition.

The competition will consist of the following separate rounds:

1. First Round - 
Max. 20 minutes of free program
2. Final Round - 
Max. 40 minutes of free repertoire (different from the First Round)*
*Students under 16 are allowed to play 20 minutes of free repertoire

Croatian piece is not obligatory and can be perform in any round. Music score in pdf files will be sent to the candidates.

Competition rules:

1.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.

2.Jury shall choose the works from the competitors' list which are to be played in each round.

3..All works are to be performed from memory.

4.The repertoire must be different for each round.

5.Participants are permitted to make changes to the repertoire indicated in the application form, but not later than August 1 2019.

6.The submitted repertoire is subject to review by competition officials.

7.One parent/guardian must travel with a contestant under the age of 15.

8.The competition is open to the public.

9.The Organiser shall retain all the rights to video and audio recordings.

10.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.

11.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.

12.The order of appearance of pianists will be determined by means of a draw conducted by competition officials that will be broadcast online.

13.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.

14.Jury members will not discuss their opinions and decisions regarding proceedings, marks, or rankings outside the jury room.

15.Jury members will score each contestant on a range from 1 to 100.

16.The decision of the jury is final and not subject to questions, revisions, or appeal.

17.In case of withdrawal of a member of the jury, the Organiser has the right to replace the withdrawn member with a new member.

18.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 4 winners will be announced in order of rank.

19.All announced prizes will be awarded.

20.If any unexpected situations arise in the execution of these guidelines, the Jury Chairman and Piano Loop Festival director will resolve such situations.


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, 2019 / Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 22
• Shared recital at „Piano Loop Festival Winner's“ concert in Bol at Dominican monastery/August 21
• Solo concert in Split 2020 with 2 days of accommodation /Piano Loop Festival concert series
• Solo concert at Gegen den Strom Festival/Bad Ems 2020 and 2 days of accommodation

2 nd and 3 rd 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, 2019/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 22
• Shared recital at „Piano Loop Festival Winner's“ concert in Bol at Dominican monastery/August 21

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, 2019/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 22
• Shared recital at „Piano Loop Festival Winner's“ concert in Bol at Dominican monastery/August 21

A 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, 2019/ Piano Loop Festival concert series/August 22

The Piano Loop Festival, as the Organiser, 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 2nd Piano Loop Competition will be held in Josip Hatze Music School and Ethnographic Museum (Split, Croatia) from August 14, 2019 until August 22, 2019.

• 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, 2019.

• The piano try-out will be scheduled for August 14 and 15. The exact times of performances and warm-ups will be anounced to participants by August 1.

• The winners’ names will be announced and official prize-giving ceremony will be held on August 20, 2019, 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.


Please send the following as an attachment to piano.loop.festival@gmail.com:

• A recent high-resolution portrait photo (desirable formats: .jpg, .gif, .png, .pdf)

• Piano Loop Festival application form  Application deadline: July 1, 2019..


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.


All participants apply for a shared room in an apartment in the city centre during the period from August 7 to August 16. Inexpensive accommodation is arranged in the town for both yourself and persons accompanying you directly by our partner agency. It is also possible to extend your stay. In the case of an arrival later than August 7 or departing earlier than August 16, there shall be no money refund for the accommodation. If someone arrives earlier or later, Piano projekt reserves the right to change the accommodation, but will also try to avoid such inconvenience. The fee is fixed.

You can choose to share an apartment with 3 to 5 Summer School participants. In the apartment you can prepare your own meals and interact with other participants of all ages and backgrounds. The flat is located in the heart of Split, a few steps from the famous Diocletian’s palace, a 10-minute walk from the school.

About the apartments:

Although the student flats are not very luxurious, they include all the necessary facilities. Each student flat has a living room with TV, Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, a fridge, a washing machine and an iron. The apartments have at least one air-conditioner and each room usually has a fan. No telephones are available in the student flats; we suggest you to use public telephones or local calling centres. You share the kitchen and the bathroom and, together, keep the house clean. Shared areas are professionally cleaned once a week. There is also an option of staying in a single room or even renting the whole apartment.