The 1969 Competition
  1. Radu Lupu (Romania)

  2. Georges Pludermacher (France)

  3. Arthur Moreira-Lima (Brazil)

  4. Boris Petrushanksy (Russian Federation)

  5. Anne Queffélec (France)

  • Chairman: William Glock

  • Gina Bachauer

  • Clifford Curzon

  • Szymon Goldberg

  • Peter Gould

  • Youra Guller

  • Raymond Leppard

  • Nikita Magaloff

  • Ivan Moravec

  • Béla Siki

  • Lev Vlasenko

  • First Stage

    Candidates must offer one from each group:

    Group 1

    Bach: Toccata in D

    Haydn: Partita No. 2 in C min

    Beethoven: Variations in F min, Hob. XVII No. 6

    7 Bagatelles, Op. 33

    6 Bagatelles, Op. 126

    Group 2

    Chopin: One of the 4 scherzos

    Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp, Op. 36

    Impromptu No. 3 in G flat, Op. 51

    Group 3

    Liszt: One of the first 6 ‘Paganini’ Studies

    Debussy: One of the 12 Etudes

  • 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

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

    Brahms: Sonata in F min, Op. 5

    Group 2

    Bartók: Out of Doors

    Britten@ Holiday Diary, Op. 5

    Hindemith: Sonata No. 2 (1936)

    Messaien: Regard de l’Esprit de joie (Vingt regards sur Stravinsky L’enfant Jésus)

    Tippett: Serenade in A

    Webern: Sonata No. 2

    Variations, Op. 27

  • Semi Final

    Competitors are free to choose their own programmes, which may include one piece previously played by them in the Competition.

  • Final Stage

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


    E flat, K. 271

    A min, K. 488

    C min, K. 491

    C, K. 503


    No.1 in C

    No.2 in B flat

    No.3 in C min

    No.4 in G

    No.5 in E flat


    A min


    No.2 in F min


    No.2 in B flat



Career Highlights
  • Radu Lupu
    Radu Lupu (Romania) - 1st Prize

    Radu Lupu is firmly established as one of the most important musicians of his generation and is widely acknowledged as a leading interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. Since winning the prestigious Van Cliburn (1966) and Leeds Piano Competitions (1969), Mr. Lupu has regularly performed as soloist and recitalist in the musical capitals and major festivals of Europe and the United States. In the 2013/14 season Mr. Lupu's concerto engagements will include the Bournemouth Symphony, Flanders Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia, Montreal Symphony, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Gurzenich Orchestra Koln, Zurich Tonhalle, Frankfurter Museumsgesellschaft, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Monte Carlo Philharmonic and Lausanne Chamber. He will undertake his eleventh tour of Japan, and conclude his cycle of the Beethoven Piano Concertos at the new concert hall in Helsinki with the Finnish Chamber Orchestra (Jukka-Pekka Saraste). In addition, he will be Artist in Residence with the Dresden Staatskapelle.

  • Georges Pludermacher
    Georges Pludermacher (France) - 2nd Prize

    This internationally renowned virtuoso pianist is known for his adventurous and widely ranging repertoire that emphasizes contemporary music and innovative approaches to traditional literature. Pludermacher is also an enthusiastic performer of chamber music. He has also worked with several well-known violinists; has performed with the Trio Pasquier and the Amadeus Quartet; and with vocalists Ernst Haefliger and Michel Portal, violist Yuri Bashmet, and pianist Jean-François Heisser. Pludermacher's recordings have earned him the Monde de Musique, Diapason, the Grand Prix de l'Académie du Disque, and the Grand Prize of the Charles CROS Academy for his performance of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.

  • Arthur Moreira-Lima
    Arthur Moreira-Lima (Brazil) - 3rd Prize

    Moreira Lima has recently travelled in Brazil from north to south in a truck playing in places where classical music is rarely heard. In the 1970s Moreira Lima recorded all of Chopin's works. And he recorded the inspiring music of Ernesto Nazareth.

  • Boris Petrushanksy
    Boris Petrushanksy (Russian Federation) - 4th Prize

    Petrushansky’s performances have taken him to Italy, Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Czechoslovakia, USA, Hungary, Japan, Israel, Egypt, Mexico, Taiwan and Australia. He has made various recordings with Melodia (Russia), Art & Electronics (Russia-U.S.A.), Symposium (U.K.), Fone, Agora and Dynamic (Italy). In 2006 Stradivarius (Italy) produced the complete piano works by D.Schostakovich. He is now resident in Italy and since 1990 has held a position at the Academia Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola.

  • Anne Queffélec
    Anne Queffélec (France) - 5th Prize

    She played under the direction of great conductors and with prestigious orchestras : the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, The Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Chamber Orchestra of Poland, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Tokyo NHK Orchestra, The Kanazawa ensemble, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, de Strasbourg, de Lille, the Prague Philharmonia, the Kremerata Baltica Orchestra. Anne Queffélec is a regular performer of French and international festivals. In La Roque d’Anthéron she played the complete Mozart sonatas and was broadcast live on France Musique, confirming her intimate and passionate relation with the world of Mozart. Both on stage and on record, Anne Queffélec masters a wide-ranging repertoire. Her discography has over 30 recordings published by Erato, Virgin Classic and Mirare.