The 2000 Competition
  1. Alessio Bax (Italy)

  2. Davide Franceschetti (Italy)

  3. Severin von Eckardstein (Germany)

  4. Cristiano Burato (Italy)

  5. Ashley Wass (United Kingdom)

  6. Tatiana Kolesova (Russian Federation)

  • Chairman: Dame Fanny Waterman DBE

  • Dmitri Bashkirov

  • Malcom Bilson

  • Michel Dalberto

  • Dario De Rosa

  • Misha Donat

  • Peter Frankl

  • Zhou Guangren

  • Karl-Heinz Kämmerling

  • Renna Kellaway

  • John O'Conor

  • Viktoria Postnikova

  • Pnina Salzman

  • Mario Tipo

  • Dubravka Tomsic

  • First Stage

    Competitors must choose one work from the following list together with one or more works of their own choice to make up a programme of no less than 25 minutes (35 minutes maximum) to include breaks between items:


    Toccata (with Fugue) in C min, BWV 911

    Toccata (with Fugue) in D, BWV 912

    Toccata (with Fugue) in D min, BWV 913

    Partita No. 3 in A min, BWV 827

    Partita No. 5 in G, BWV 829

    English Suite No. 3 in G min, BWV 808

    Aria variata all maniera italiana in A min, BWV989

    Concerto in the Italian Manner, BWV 971

    Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D min, BWV903


    A group of five contrasting sonatas


    Sonata in E min, H.XVI/34

    Sonata in A flat, H. XVI/46

    Sonata in C, H.XVI/48

    Sonata in E flat, H.XVI/49

    Sonata in C, H.XVI/50

    Sonata in E flat, H.XVI/52


    Sonata in D, K. 311

    Sonata in C, K. 330

    Sonata in F, K. 332

    Sonata in C min, K. 457

    Sonata in B flat, K. 570

    Rondo in A min, K. 511


    Sonata in F sharp min, Op. 26 No. 2


    Sonata in A, Op. 2 No. 2

    Sonata in C min (‘Pathétique’), Op. 13

    Sonata in E flat, Op. 27 No. 1

    Sonata in C sharp min (‘Moonlight’), Op.27 No. 2

    Sonata in G, Op. 31 No. 1

    Sonata in D min, Op. 31 No. 2

    Sonata in E flat, Op. 31 No. 3

    Sonata in F, Op. 54

    Sonata in E flat (‘Les Adieux’), Op. 81a

    Sonata in E min, Op. 90

    Sonata in A, Op. 101

    Sonata in E, Op. 109

    Sonata in A flat, Op. 110 32

    Variations in C min, WoO 80

    6 Bagatelles, Op. 126

  • Second Stage

    Competitors must choose one work from the following list together with one or more works of their own choice to make up a programme of no less than 50 minutes (55 minutes maximum). No works previously performed by the Competitor in the First Stage may be included:


    ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy in C, D760

    Sonata in A min, D845

    Sonata in G, D894

    Sonata in C min, D958

    Sonata in A, D959

    Sonata in B flat, D960

    4 Impromptus, D899

    4 Impromptus, D935

    3 Klavierstücke, D946


    12 Etudes, Op. 10

    12 Etudes, Op. 25

    24 Preludes, Op. 28

    Sonata No. 2 in B flat min, Op. 35

    Sonata No. 3 in B min, Op. 58


    Carnaval, Op. 9

    Kreisleriana, Op. 16

    Humoreske, Op. 20

    Fantasie in C, Op. 17


    Sonata in E, Op. 6

    Fantasia in F sharp, Op. 28; Variations sérieuses, Op.54; Andante and Rondo capriccioso in E, Op.14 (all three pieces must be performed)


    Sonata in B min


    Sonata No. 3 in F min, Op. 5

    4 Ballades, Op. 10

    Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op.24

    Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35, (both Books)

    6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118


    Sonata No. 2 in B flat min, Op. 36

    Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42

    Ten Preludes, Op. 23

    Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22


    Gaspard de la nuit

    Le tombeau de Couperin



    Goyescas (any 4 of the 6 pieces)




    2.El Puerto

    3.Fête-Dieu à Seville

    7.El Albaicin

    (all 4 pieces must be performed)

  • Semi Final

    The Competitor will perform a programme entirely of his or her own choice of not less than 70 minutes (maximum 75 minutes). No work included in either of the previous two Stages may be performed in this Stage.

  • Final Stage

    One of the following concertos must be chosen to be performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle:


    B flat, K. 456

     Dmin, K. 466

    C, K. 467

    C min, K. 491

    C ,K. 503

    B flat, K. 595


    No.1 in C, Op. 15

    No.2 in B flat, Op. 19

    No.3 in C min, Op. 37

    No.4 in G, Op. 58

    No.5 in E flat, Op. 73


    No.2 in F min, Op. 21


    A min, Op. 54


    No.1 in D min, Op. 15

    No.2 in B flat, Op. 83


    No.1 in B flat min, Op. 23


    No.1 in F sharp min, Op. 1

    No.3 in D min, Op. 30

    No.4 in G min, Op. 40


    No.1 in D flat, Op. 1

    No.2 in G min, Op. 16


    No.2, Sz. 95

    No.3, Sz. 119


    in G


    Piano Concerto


    Piano Concerto

Career Highlights
  • Alessio Bax
    Alessio Bax (Italy) - 1st Prize

    During the 2013-14 season, Bax returns to the Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden at Bravo! Vail and in Dallas, and to the UK’s Southbank Sinfonia, with whom he recorded a pair of Mozart piano concertos. He also appears with conductor Hannu Lintu in Finland, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Hans Graf, the Berkeley Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and as concerto soloist at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. He tours South America with violinist Joshua Bell, and returns to Lincoln Center for Chamber Music Society concerts, a Great Performers duo recital with pianist Lucille Chung, and a solo recital in a new Chamber Music Society series – in addition to solo recitals in Dallas and Tokyo. Bax and Chung also perform together in Washington, DC and in Hong Kong, Toronto, and on tour in Canada.

  • Severin von Eckardstein
    Severin von Eckardstein (Germany) - 3rd Prize

    von Eckardstein has delighted the public with many highly acclaimed concerts with international orchestras and his talent enjoyed at great music festivals, including Klavier-Festival Ruhr, in Aldeburgh/UK, the Gilmore Festival in Michigan/USA, the renowned festival in La Roque d'Anthéron, France, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Miami International Piano Festival, where he played the opening concert in 2009. Many of Von Eckardstein’s concerts have been recorded and broadcasted by major broadcasting corporations. As a repeat guest in the concert series "Meesterpianisten" in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, von Eckardstein opened the gala concert celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary. He has been invited to reappear in 2014.

  • Cristiano Burato
    Cristiano Burato (Italy) - 4th Prize

    Cristiano Burato has played in the most prestigious world theaters (Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Auditorium Santa Cecilia, Teatro Olimpico and Parco della Musica, Rome; Sydney Opera House; Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, London; Konzerthaus Wien; Tonhalle, Zürich; United Nations Auditorium, New York; Queen's Hall, Edinburgh; among others).

    He is Professor of Piano at the Conservatory of Music in Bolzano, and is a member of the Artistic Committee of the Busoni Competition.

  • Ashley Wass
    Ashley Wass (United Kingdom) - 5th Prize

    Increasingly in demand on the international stage, Ashley has performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He has performed as soloist with numerous leading ensembles, including all of the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, and under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky. Much in demand as a chamber musician, Ashley regularly partners many of the leading artists of his generation and is a frequent guest of international festivals.

    Wass is the Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival and is currently a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

  • Tatiana Kolesova
    Tatiana Kolesova (Russian Federation) - 6th Prize

    Kolesova regularly performs in Russia, Italy, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, France, Germany, Israel, Norway, Morocco and Australia, and at a variety of festivals. She has also collaborated with many orchestras in Russia and abroad including Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Orchestre National d'Ile de France, symphony orchestras of Winnipeg, Minnesota and Sydney, philharmonic orchestras of Israel and Morocco, chamber orchestras of Israel and South Africa. Kolesova has recorded for radio and television all over the world, and made studio recordings of works by Taneev, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev published under the title ‘Russian Virtuoso Music’.