Like last time, another student of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory won the award: Anton Yashkin from Russia won the 1st Prize of the 9th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar – Bayreuth, endowed with 12,000 Euro. In the fourth, final round, the 20-year-old performed on Friday evening, November 9, 2018 in the sold-out Weimarhalle fulminant Franz Liszt’s “Totentanz” with an orchestra of members of the Staatskapelle Weimar and teachers and students of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar. The line was headed by Ekhart Wycik.
Endowed with 8,000 euros 2nd prize, donated in large part by the NEW LISZT FOUNDATION, the 21-year-old Italian Ruben Micieli earned. The 3rd prize of 5,000 euros, donated by the Rotary Club Bayreuth – Hermitage, won the 23-year-old Greek Grigoris Ioannou. The 9th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar – Bayreuth was organized by the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar in cooperation with the City of Bayreuth. The competition was largely financed by the Free State of Thuringia and the City of Bayreuth. Valuable support was provided by the Upper Franconia Foundation, the NEUE LISZT STIFTUNG and the piano manufacturer Steingraeber & Söhne Bayreuth.
In addition to the first prize, Anton Yashkin also won the Audience Prize, endowed with 1,000 euros, donated by the Grand Hotel Russischer Hof. The second prizewinner Ruben Micieli was additionally awarded the special prize of € 1,000 for the best interpretation of the Franz Liszt Sonata in B minor. Another special prize of 1,000 euros for a particularly gifted participant (prize winners excluded), donated by the NEW LISZT FOUNDATION, went to Tamta Magradze (Georgia).