6th PIANO MEMORIAL AWARDS

Isidor Bajić Music School and the city of Novi Sad, Serbia hosted the 6th Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial held between March 9th and 19th.

The Gala Opening Ceremony took place at the Serbian National Theater on March 9th, featuring Sofya Gulyak (Russia), the winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition (2009), and Poom Prommachart (Thailand), the Laureate in the C Category of the 5thIsidor Bajić Piano Memorial, accompanied by the Serbian National Theater Symphonic Orchestra under the baton of AleksandarKojić and Mikica Jevtić.

Ninety contestants from twenty-five countries performed during the tenth jubilee Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial in three competition categories and were evaluated by the esteemed jury members:

Svetozar Ivanov (Bulgaria)

Emanuel Krasovsky (Israel)

Vanessa Latarche (UK)

Hedi Salanki-Rubardt (Hungary)

Myrthala Salazar (Mexico)

Edward Turgeon (Canada)

David Westfall (USA)

Following three competition rounds in Category A, prizes were awarded to:

Nicola Losito, Italy First Prize
Sae Yoon Chon, Republic of Korea Second Prize
Galina Nikolin, Serbia Third Prize
Elizaveta Ukrainskaya, Russia Third Prize
Dragutin Vučić, Serbia

ISIDOR BAJIĆ SPECIAL AWARD

Elizaveta Ukrainskaya, Russia

CLAUDE DEBUSSY SPECIAL AWARD
Dragutin Vučić, Serbia

STANISLAVA TEŠIĆ SPECIAL AWARD

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Following three competition rounds in Category B, prizes were awarded to:

Daniel Borovitzky, Israel First Prize
Zhengqi Hu, China Second Prize
Pavel Markov, Bulgaria Third Prize
Ilya Ramlav, Russia Third Prize
Dina Stojilković, Serbia ISIDOR BAJIĆ SPECIAL AWARD
Sean Jackson, Great Britain CLAUDE DEBUSSY SPECIAL AWARD

Three contestants were selected to perform in the Final Round of Category Cwith the Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Georg Kostin at the Novi Sad Synagogue on March 19th.

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Following four competition rounds in Category C, prizes were awarded to:

Kumi Matsuo, Japan First Prize
Denys Zhdanov, Ukraine Second Prize
Sara Vujadinović, Serbia Third Prize
Sara Vujadinović, Serbia AUDIENCE AWARD
Kumi Matsuo, Japan

STEINWAY USF SPECIAL AWARD

(University of South Florida)

Mattia Mistrangelo, Italy STEINWAY USF SPECIAL AWARD (University of South Florida)

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The Laureate Title went to two contestants:

Nicola Losito, Italy,

Category A

LAUREATE

Categories A and B

Kumi Matsuo, Japan LAUREATECategory C

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The 7th Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial will be held between March 7th and 17th, 2014.

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