The 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition was held from November 21 to December 8, 2015 at ACT City Hamamatsu.
The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition began in 1991 to commemorate the 80 year anniversary of the establishment of Hamamatsu as a city. It is held once every three years with the goals of discovering and training skilled pianists from around the world and promoting the “City of Music, Hamamatsu” worldwide while providing high quality music to the residents of the city.
For the 9th competition, a record high of 449 entrants (representing 43 countries/regions) participated in the preliminary judging, through which 72 promising pianists passed to demonstrate their extremely high-level performances. World-famous pianists and music university professors such as Martha Argerich presided as jurists under the chairperson, Akiko Ebi.
During the competition, an event that has taken root in the local community, over 100 city residents volunteered to take part in the planning and administration of the event, while the home stay guests and participants engaged in a variety of exchange events with local residents including concerts at schools, homes, shopping malls, department stores, and more.
The winner of the 9th competition was Alexander Gadjiev (Italy/Slovenia). He is scheduled to conduct a winner’s tour in countries all over the world this year (2016).