International Anton Rubinstein Competition 2024 - PIANO JUNIOR

27. & 28. April 2024, Dusseldorf

For years, the International Anton Rubinstein Competitions have enjoyed a great response. Especially in times marked by global crises, it is more important than ever to offer young musicians in their training and at the beginning of their careers platforms where they can test their skills and show themselves to the public. That is why our competitions have been held online since September 2021 – enabling candidates from all over the world to participate.
Conducting the competitions online gives the young participants a particularly large audience, as the videos of all finalists are documented on our website and the award winners are announced on our social media platforms.
The juries include lecturers from the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein and renowned guests.


Alla Blatow

Alla Blatow completed her diplomas as a concert pianist, chamber musician and piano teacher at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg. From 1985 to 2000, she was a piano teacher at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen and conducted numerous master classes in Western Europe, Russia and China. Her pedagogy is characterised by the simultaneous teaching of technical perfection and interpretative individuality. She is thus considered an outstanding representative of the legendary St. Petersburg Piano School.

Since 2002 she has been a lecturer for piano and chamber music at the Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy in Düsseldorf.

Mikhail Mordvinov

From the age of 7, Mikhail Mordvinov was taught at the Moscow Gnessin Music School in the piano class of Tatjana Zelikman. After graduating from high school in 1994, he began his studies at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music under Prof. Vladimir Tropp. This was followed by postgraduate studies at the Hanover University of Music and Drama with Prof. Bernd Goetzke. From 2004 to 2010 he taught at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music. Since receiving the Scriabin Scholarship of the Moscow Scriabin Museum in 1994, he has been a permanent participant in the Scriabin Music Festival.

In 1997/98 Mikhail Mordvinov received a H. Neuhaus Scholarship from the “New Charitable Fund of Scholarships by M. Rostropovich”, as well as a Russian Presidential Scholarship several times. In 2000/2001 the pianist received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. 2004-2006 Mikhail Mordvinov was supported and promoted by Keyboard Charitable Trust London.
Numerous international concert appearances mainly in European countries and Russia, also in the USA, Japan and Korea, as solo pianist and chamber musician. Participation in festivals, radio recordings and CD production.

First prize at the XII. International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1996).
First Prize and Special Prize of the VI International Schubert Competition in Dortmund (1997)
First Prize and Special Prize of the XII. International Competition in Andorra (2006)

From the winter semester 2016/17 Mikhail Mordvinov is a lecturer for piano at the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein Berlin.

Xiang Huang

Huang Xiang, a young pianist in Germany, is now an associate professor of the Piano Department of Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, a master’s supervisor, and the deputy director of the main course teaching and research section of the Piano Department. He has won awards in the 4th Golden Bell Award for Chinese Music in 2004, the 3rd International Piano Competition in Shanghai, China, in 2005, the All German Conservatory Piano Competition in 2008, the WDR Youth Soloist Competition of the West German Radio Orchestra in 2009, the R ö srath International Piano Festival Competition in Germany in 2008, and the Prix Amadeo Mozart International Piano Competition in Germany in 2011; He won the semi-final prize and special prize in 2011 Montreal International Piano Competition, 2011 Cologne International Piano Competition and 2007 China International Piano Competition.

Huang Xiang’s recitals are spread all over China, Germany, Poland, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China and other 10 countries and regions. As a piano soloist, he is often invited to cooperate with professional orchestras at home and abroad, such as the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra, the Shenyang Symphony Orchestra, the Gwangju Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Ulrich Symphony Orchestra Germany Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Germany Cologne Youth Symphony Orchestra, Germany Berglisch Symphony Orchestra, Poland Tolen Municipal Symphony Orchestra, etc. His performances also appeared on radio and television stations in China, Germany and South Korea, such as CCTV Music (2006), Shanghai Orient Television (2006), German classical music radio WDR3 (2010), Korean KBS TV (2010), etc.

In October 2010, at the invitation of the South Korea International Music Festival, five touring performances were held in South Korea. Later, he was invited by Quanbei National University and Gunsan National University to hold a concert and exchange teaching activities. In 2011, at the invitation of Heidelberg University, a famous German university, a concert was held in Heidelberg Concert Hall and academic exchange activities were held. He played for Consul General of China in Gwangju, South Korea, and Consul General of China in Frankfurt in 2010 and 2012 respectively, and was highly praised. In 2012, he was invited by the Belgian royal family to successfully hold recitals at the Namedy Palace in Germany.

Huang Xiang learned piano from his father when he was young, and then learned from Mr. Wu Leyi, a famous Chinese pianist, and Professor Yao Shizhen, a senior professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He studied in the Piano Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music from 2002 to 2006. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, he went to Germany to study. He was admitted to the Master of Piano Performance major of Cologne Conservatory of Music and studied under Professor Nina Tichman (USA/Germany), a world-famous pianist. In 2010, he obtained a master’s degree with full marks, and then passed the Konzertexamen Piano Player Diploma of Cologne Conservatory of Music. In November 2012, he once again obtained the highest solo diploma (doctor) in German music with full professional score, and obtained the diploma of outstanding contribution. In 2013, he returned to China and worked in Gulangyu Piano School of Central Conservatory of Music. He has taught in the Piano Department of Zhejiang Conservatory of Music since 2015, and he is also a visiting professor of the Conservatory of Music of Anhui Normal University in China.

In January 2015, he signed a five-year recording contract with the record company under Shanghai Education First Edition Society, which includes Bach, Debussy, etc. In July 2020, I released my first album in China, Forest of Alps. In 2022, I released my first trio album – Dance in Dream.

 Competition awards

  • 1st Prize
  • 2nd Prize
  • 3d Prize

 Conditions and FAQ

• The International Anton Rubinstein Competitions are organised online by the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein Düsseldorf.
• Students and professional musicians of all nations can take part in these competitions with their videos, without any age limit (with the exception of the Junior Competitions, which are open to children aged 8 to 12 and young people aged 12 to 15).

How do the competitions work? 
• There are two rounds: the first round and the final round.
• After the registration deadline, the names of the candidates who participated in the first round will be published on our website on the date specified in the tender.
• The jury will decide on the admission of a maximum of 16 candidates to the final after the first round on the date specified in the tender.

What happens if I am in the final? 
• All names and videos of the finalists will be published on our website on the dates specified in the tender.
• The candidates do not have to do anything else. They will be informed by email that they are in the final.
• No new video is required for the final round – the jury’s decision will be based on the material submitted with the entry deadline.

What happens if I am not in the final? 
• All candidates in the first round will receive a certificate of participation by email.

What are the prizes?  
• The results of the final round will be announced by email to the winners on the date specified in the tender and published on our website and social media channels.
• All winners will receive a certificate documenting the competition prize by e-mail.
• All other finalists will receive a certificate by email stating that they have participated in the final round.

How can I register for the competition?
• To register, candidates need the following documents:
– Biography (in Word only)
–  Photo
– Video links (YouTube only)
– Proof of payment of the participation fee (PayPal or bank transfer only).
The participation fee is 100 € (Early Booking 75 € until the date published in the announcement). The participation fee is to be paid exclusively via PayPal (here) or the following bank account:
Friends and Sponsors of the Anton Rubinstein Academy
IBAN: DE56 3022 0190 0364 0117 17 
• When making payment, it is essential to state the full name of the participant(s) and the desired competition.
• The participation fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.

How should I make the recording? 
• The programme can be chosen freely, with a duration of approximately 30 minutes.
• Candidates may submit one or more YouTube video links.
• The YouTube video links should be submitted directly at the time of registration, but may still be submitted by e-mail up to the registration deadline for the respective competition.
• No new videos will be accepted after the registration deadline.
• The videos will be used for judging in both rounds. Finalists do not have to submit new videos.

What are the legal conditions?
• With their registration, participants allow the organiser to freely dispose of the photo, sound and video recordings submitted to the competition for the purpose of documentation and public relations on its website and social media channels.
• The jury’s decision is final.
• All registration deadlines and dates can be found in the announcement of the respective competition on our website.
• With their registration, the candidates confirm their agreement with the competition conditions.

  29. March 2024
Subscription fees
Early booking
till 28. February 2024
75 €
The registration fee100 €
  • Bank details

    Freunde und Förderer der Anton Rubinstein Akademie
    IBAN: DE56 3022 0190 0364 0117 17

  • PayPal (+ 2%)
  • Please, do not forget to specify your full name and the name of the competition!
Required documents
  • Artistic Vita
  • Photo
  • Link to YouTube
  • Confirmation of payment

Application form

Your documents (pdf, jpg, jpeg, max. 10 MB)

All entries in Latin caracters please.
With his or her registration, the candidate agrees to the rules and regulations of the competition. By submitting this message you confirm that you have read and accepted the privacy policy.

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