The 1966 Competition
  1. Rafael Orozco (Spain)

  2. Viktoria Postnikova (Russian Federation)

  3. Semyon Kruchin (Russian Federation)

  4. Aleksei Nasedkin (Russian Federation)

  5. Jean-Rodolphe Kars (Austria)

  • Chairman: William Glock

  • Hans Keller

  • Gina Bachauer

  • Nadia Boulanger

  • Maria Curcio

  • Rudolf FirkuÅ¡ný

  • Annie Fischer

  • Nikita Magaloff

  • Lev Oborin

  • Charles Rosen

  • Béla Síki

  • First Stage

    Candidates must offer one from each group:

    Group 1

    Bach: Partita in E min

    Haydn: Sonata in E flat, Hob. XVI No. 52

    Beethoven: Sonata in A, Op. 2 No. 2

    Sonata in C, Op. 2 No. 3

    Sonata in D, Op. 10 No. 3

    Group 2

    Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G min, Op. 23

    Ballade No. 2 in F, Op. 38

    Ballade No. 3 in A flat, Op. 47

    Ballade No. 4 in F min, Op. 52

    Polonaise in F sharp min, Op. 44

    Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp min, Op. 39

    Group 3

    Liszt: La Leggerezza (Concert Study)

    Debussy: Gnomenreigen (Concert Study)

    Dohnányi: Étude pour les cinq doigts (No. 1)

    Étude pour les huit doigts (No. 6)

    Étude pour les degrés chromatiques (No. 7)

    Capriccio in F min (Concert Study, No. 6)

  • Second Stage

    Candidates must offer one from each group:

    Group 1

    Mozart: Sonata in A min, K. 310

    Beethoven: Sonata in E, Op. 109

    Schubert: Sonata in A flat, Op. 110

    Weber: Sonata in D, Op. 53

    Schumann: Sonata No. 2 in A flat, Op. 39

    Brahms: Sonata in F min, Op. 5

    Group 2

    Stravinsky: Danse russe (Petrushka Suite)

    Prokofiev: Toccata in D min, Op. 11

    Bartók: Allegro barbaro

    Schoenberg: Piano Pieces, Op. 33a and 33b

    Messaien: Fantasie burlesque

  • Semi Final

    Each competitor is free to choose this programme, which may include one previously played by him or her in the Competition.

  • Final Stage

    Each competitor will play one of the following concertos with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orcehestra conducted by Charles Groves:


    Dmin, K. 466

    B flat, K. 595


    No.3 in C min

    No.4 in G

    No.5 in E flat


    No.1 in D min


    No.2 in F min


    A min


    No.1 in B flat min

Career Highlights
  • Viktoria Postnikova
    Viktoria Postnikova (Russian Federation) - 2nd Prize

    Postnikova has appeared in all the world’s leading concert halls, performing and making recordings with the most prestigious orchestras and ensembles. She also appears on occasion with her husband, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, playing piano duets. In addition to numerous tours in Europe and Japa,, Viktoria Postnikova has also appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Australia and the Far East and with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in South America. In 2004 Viktoria Postnikova was awarded the “Peoples Artist Award”. Among her numerous recordings are the complete piano works by Tchaikovsky made for Erato, complete Mussorgsky piano works, all Prokofiev’s piano concertos and Mendelssohn’s complete Songs Without Words.

  • Aleksei Nasedkin
    Aleksei Nasedkin (Russian Federation) - 4th Prize

    A recipient of the People's Artist of the Russian Federation title, Nasedkin is the president of Russia's Schubert Society. He's a member of the Composers' Union of the USSR/RF and a professor at Moscow's Conservatory, where he has taught since 1966.

  • Jean-Rodolphe Kars
    Jean-Rodolphe Kars (Austria) - 5th Prize

    Though long associated with the music of Debussy and Ravel, Kars has in recent years specialised in the works of Olivier Messiaen, not merely performing and recording the music, but also lecturing and writing on its spiritual and theological aspects. Having begun to study Messaien's music and writings as long ago as 1966, Kars credits him with playing an important role in his eventual conversion to Catholicism and his vocation as a priest, and considers him his 'first spiritual father'.