I European Union Piano Competition

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The I European Union Piano Competition took place in Prague and Ostrava from June 24–29, 2009, as part of the cultural program accompanying the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was jointly organized by the International Dvořák Society and European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA). The purpose of the competition was to deepen the cultural integration of the member states and to find the most promising young pianist of the European Union. The selection of the candidates (first round) was provided with the help of embassies, Ministries of Culture, EPTA organizations, and leading European music schools and institutions. Only candidates delegated from those authorities were accepted to participate, one candidate for each EU country. A total of 27 pianists were accepted to the Semi-final Round in Prague, which consisted of a 60-minute piano recital, performed at the Nostitz Palace. Four finalists where then chosen to perform with one of the leading Czech orchestras, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly known as the Czech Radio Orchestra), in a concert broadcast by both Czech Television and Czech Radio. Pianist Josu de Solaun Soto was given the First Prize and Audience Prize. The prize included a cash award and a string of recital and orchestral engagements.



    • First Prize ------ Spain Josu de Solaun Soto
    • Second Prize ------------- Slovakia Matej Arendárik
    • Finalist Diploma (ex-aequo) ------- Ireland Fiachra Garvey ----- Portugal Raul Peixoto Da Costa
    • Audience Prize (by vote)------------------------------------------------------------ Spain Josu de Solaun Soto

Competition results (by rounds)[edit]

First round[edit]

After a three-month-long screening process, 27 pianists were selected to participate, one candidate for each EU country. The selection of candidates for this first round was provided with the help of Ministries of Culture and other organizations.

Semi-final round[edit]

June 24–27, Nostitz Palace, Prague

    • Austria Andreas Eggertsberger
    • Belgium Rafael Theissen
    • Bulgaria Victoria Vassilenko
    • Cyprus Eleni Mavromoustaki
    • Czech Republic Ladislav Dolezel
    • Denmark Kristoffer Nyholm Hyldig
    • Estonia Maksim Stsura
    • Finland Maija Vaisanen
    • France Nairi Badal
    • Germany Felix Wahl
    • Greece Maria Stratigou
    • Hungary Istvan Lajko
    • IrelandFiachra Garvey
    • Latvia Ruta Birzule
    • Lithuania Sonata Alsauskaite-Mikule
    • Luxembourg Jean Muller
    • Malta Alexei Galea
    • Netherlands Nicolas van Poucke
    • Portugal Raul Peixoto da Costa
    • Slovenia Ivan Fercic
    • Slovakia Matej Arendarik
    • Spain Josu de Solaun Soto
    • Sweden Peter Friis Johansson
    • United Kingdom Mishka Rushdie Momen

Final round[edit]

June 29, Great Hall, Culture Palace, Ostrava

Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. Theodore Kuchar, conductor.

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