International Anton Rubinstein Competition 2023 - PIANO

29. & 30. April 2023, 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.


Gabriele Leporatti

Italian pianist Gabriele Leporatti actively performs throughout Europe, US and China appearing in many prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, NDR Hannover, He Luting Hall Shanghai and in festivals such as the Settimane Musicali di Ascona, Festival de Torroella de Montgrí, International Keyboard Institute & Festival New York, Tbilisi Piano Fest;  2016 marks his debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Thomas Søndergård.  Gabriele´s schedule in the 2021/22 season includes orchestral appearances with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana as well as solo and chamber music concerts in Europe and abroad.

A keen chamber musician, he has been concertizing with ensembles such as the Trio Suleika and with a variety of internationally renowned soloists; moreover, he regularly appears in duo with his wife Gesa Lücker.  Several of his performances have been broadcasted on radio and television including BBC Radio 3 (UK), SAFm (South Africa), BR Klassik, RBB, SWR 2, WDR 3 (Germany), NPO Radio 4, Avrotros (Netherlands), SRF2 (Switzerland), Rai3 (Italy).

In 2015 he founds Etera Classics – a record label with a distinct authorial connotation and a publishing division dedicated to the promotion of young artists – for which he records his latest three commercial albums.  Gabriele´s discography includes both solo and chamber music recordings – a monographic Brahms CD and one featuring piano works by Schumann and Respighi – along with a quatre-mains album with Fabio Bidini (True Sounds) and one with violist Yuri Bondarev.  Spring 2019 sees the release of his latest solo CD titled “Wien”.

Gabriele´s passionate playing style, full of aesthetic, sensibility and depth, shows the influence of his teachers and mentors Maria Tipo, Fabio Bidini and Joaquin Achucarro.

Currently on faculty at the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein in Dusseldorf, he regularly gives masterclasses and lectures worldwide, with several of his students being prize winners at international piano competitions.  In addition, he is active as an artistic advisor at concert series and festivals and as a jury member in international competitions.

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.

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


Rei Harada, Japan

1st prize

Rei Harada was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 2005. He began studying piano at the age of four with Kyoko Ishii. After that he is now studying with Prf. Hiroe Arai at Toho Gakuen Music High School in Tokyo.

He has won prizes numerous piano competitions, including 1st prize in the Ettlingen International Competition in Germa(2022), 1st prize in Ishikawa International Piano Competition in Japan(2022), the gold medal in the Asian International Chopin Piano Competition(2021), Grand Prix in the International Moscow Music Competition(2020), 1st prize in the International Piano Competition‘‘La Note Céleste‘‘ in France(2021), the gold medal the PTNA Piano Competition in Japan (2016/2021) and 1st prize in the Student Music Competition of Japan (2020).

He has worked with such ensembles as the Toho Gakuen School of Music orchestra and Bechstein Cammer orchestra. He has given several recitals in Japan and Germany.

He won the Arion Music Encouragement Award (2021) and Ishikawa Music Award(2022)He has also received scholarship from Toho Gakuen College of Music since 2019 and Yasuko Fukuda scholarship since 2021.

Hanyuan Zhu, China

2nd prize

Hanyuan Zhu, borned in Ningbo, China in Oct.26, 2004. Hanyuan started playing piano in 2010 at his age of six years old. He entered affiliated primary school of Shanghai Conservatory of music and study with Professor Mrs.Yang Yunlin from 2014. During studying in primary school to Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Hanyuan got No.1 in the Grade in final exams every year. And in 2017, he entered middle school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of music without entrance examinations due to No.1 in the graduation exam. And Hanyuan was awarded Scholarship of “Niu Ende” in school every year, and“Fu Chengxian”Scholarship and so on. Hanyuan is an artist of “Yangtze River Piano Young Pianist training plan”. In 2020,2021,2022 Hanyuan was selected to participate “Morningside music bridge” which is an international summer program for young musician of extraordinary talent.

Hanyuan showed extraordinary ability and talent in music from beginning to play piano. After one and half year from learning piano, since 2011 he has won many prizes in national and international piano competitions, such as “Ettelingen young pianist international competition”, No.1 in“Xinhai Cup”, No.1 in“Cadenza Chinese Works”, No.1“Imola intertational”and so on.

In 2018, won Grand Prix,Best Mazurk, Best Concerto prize in 7th Asean international Chopin Piano.

In 2019, Attend 2nd Beijing Chopin International Piano competition, at youngest age of 14-year-old in Senior Group, and won Final prize and best Mazurk prize.

In 2020, Third prize of “17th Ettelingen young pianist international competition”, Germany.

Hanyuan has rich performance experience in public perform in many countries, such as China,USA,Janpan, Swissland, Germany,Italy etc, and also attend many Music Festivals and Masters’ lessons every year, and highly appraised by the professors. Hanyuan also like playing games, reading books, and also like skywatching and astronomy.

Phillip Leslie, Großbritannien

3d prize

Praised for his sense “culture and refinement” by the Liszt Society, British pianist Phillip Leslie is a thought-provoking artist and has received considerable acclaim for his performances across the UK and Europe. He has been described by ESM as a “tour-de-force” and his recent concert engagements include Steinway Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Castellon Auditorio & the Wigmore Hall.


Named a Park Lane Group Artist (alumni include John Ogdon & Jacqueline du Pré) in 2018, he made his Southbank Centre debut as part of Southbank International Festival in 2019 in a program of works by Knussen & Boulez. A champion of British repertoire and contemporary music, Phillip has performed works by Kenneth Leighton on BBC Radio and given numerous world premiere performances. During the 2022/23 season he will give two pre BBC Philharmonic chamber recitals at the Bridgwater Hall of works by Ruth Gipps & Benjamin Britten. He has been broadcast on BBC Radio with works by Kenneth Leighton and will release his debut album of piano music by Alan Rawsthorne & John McCabe on Divine Art later this year. Festival appearances include the Southbank, Endellion & Perth annual music festivals. He was named one of the Cross Trust’s ‘Artist of the year’ in 2022.

In demand as a collaborative artist, he has performed with orchestras including the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, Trinity Laban Symphony, Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, BYO, Cornwall Youth Orchestra. In 2023 he will perform Brahms 1 with the Scottish Sinfonia and a Rachmaninoff ‘250’ Anniversary concerto with conductor, Robert Baxter. An avid chamber musician, he enjoys collaborations with cellist, Clara Hope-Simpson & violinist, Eddy Betancourt. He will be performing the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas cycle with Hope-Simpson during the 2023/24 season.

He is laureate of numerous competitions including of the Liszt International Piano Competition (UK), EPTA Piano Competition, Jock Holden Mozart Memorial Prize, Frederic Lamond Prize and a finalist in the Beethoven Society of Europe Piano Competition in 2021. As a child he was a recipient of the Joyce Buse Memorial Award & the Wadebridge Choral Society Prize as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’. Phillip is a Concordia Foundation Artist, Keyboard Charitable Trust Artist, Live Music Now Artist & Cross Trust Artist.

Educated at Trinity Laban, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Northern College of Music & L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, a scholar at each institution, he received the Weingarten Prize and Silver Medal Keyboard Award for his his studies in London. His teachers have included Philip Fowke, Margaret Fingerhut, Kathryn Stott & Aaron Shorr. He was a recipient of the Sir James Caird Travelling Trust Scholarship for his studies and furthermore received the Sir Philip Ledger Award.  As a pedagogue he serves on the faculty at Blackheath Conservatoire & is a jury member for the London Young Musician Competition.

 Participants - Final Round

  • Chihiro Deguchi, Japan
  • Haike Dietrich, Deutschland
  • Jia Fang, China
  • Max Gieres, Luxemburg
  • Rei Harada, Japan
  • Nia Khundadze, Deutschland
  • Jaemin Kim, Südkorea
  • Matthias Krack, Deutschland
  • Yejin Kwon, Südkorea
  • Kibeom Lee, Südkorea
  • Phillip Leslie, Großbritannien
  • Jakob Linowitzki, Deutschland
  • Aristotelis Papadimitriou, Griechenland
  • Ayane Shoda, Japan
  • Xiaoshu Tang, China
  • Rong Tian, China
  • Hanyuan Zhu, China

 Participants - I. Round

  • Vaishnavi Akella, USA
  • Kristian Cvetkovic, Die Schweiz
  • Chihiro Deguchi, Japan
  • Haike Dietrich, Deutschland
  • Jia Fang, China
  • Bin Fu, China
  • Max Gieres, Luxemburg
  • Nicholas Grote, USA
  • Arabelle Grote, USA
  • Rei Harada, Japan
  • Xin He, China
  • Nia Khundadze, Deutschland
  • Jaemin Kim, Südkorea
  • Matthias Krack, Deutschland
  • Yejin Kwon, Südkorea
  • Kibeom Lee, Südkorea
  • Phillip Leslie, Großbritannien
  • Jakob Linowitzki, Deutschland
  • Tergelsaran Narankhishig, Mongolei
  • Aristotelis Papadimitriou, Griechenland
  • Francisc Rakoczy Rosca, Rumänien
  • Ayane Shoda, Japan
  • Xiaoshu Tang, China
  • Rong Tian, China
  • Jeanette Abigail Nava Chin-Lok Toh, Singapur
  • Anna Tomina, Weißrussland
  • Ruyun Wang, China
  • Hanyuan Zhu, China

 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.

  • Schedules are being worked on and will be published soon.