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Competition Winners: 2005

The 2005 competition featured the commissioned work, Urban Pulse, by Marcel Bergmann.


Seo & Kato

Kuni SEO and Shinichiro KATO met while at the Toho Gakuen School of Music (Tokyo), studying with Yukio Nomoto and Kazuoki Fujii, and started to perform as a duo in 1998. In 2005, they moved to Germany to study with Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl at the Rostock Academy of Music and Theatre. They also studied with Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen at their master class program in Munich. A scholarship from the Japanese Government allowed them to studied with Alfons Kontarsky.

During the first few years of the 21st century, they received prizes in ten of the biggest international music competitions, including the International Duo Competition in Tokyo and the International Piano Duo Competition in Poland.

This has been followed by regular performances on stages in the US, Germany and Japan, including in 2009 the performance of the Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra by Peter Eotvos with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.

They now live in Tokyo and continue to perform as duo pianist.



Varshavski & Shapiro Piano Duo

Stanislava Varshavsky and Diana Shapiro met while studying with the acclaimed duo pianists and teachers, Alexander Tamir and Bracha Eden.

Stanislava was born in Kharkov, Ukraine. She received her music education at the Kharkov Music School and Academy. She then moved to Israel to at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in the classes of Prof. Monastirsky and with the

Diana was born in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory College in 1996 and then went to Israel to continue her studies at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance.

In 1988, Diana and Stanislava started playing together and won prizes in competitions in the Czech Republic, Israel, Germany , Italy and Poland as well as in the United States. The ensemble participated in international festivals and performed solo recitals and with orchestras such as the Radio Orchestra in Munich, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Performance invitation have taken them to many concerts in Europe, Hong Kong and the United States.

The Duo made numerous recordings for the Israeli Radio and TV, for Bavarian Radio;, Wisconsin Public Radio and Radio 4, Hong Kong; many concerts were broadcast live.

Diana and Stanislava moved to the United States in 2005, just prior to the competition. They now live in Madison, Wisconsin. They received DMA degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011.



De Stefano Piano Duo

Francesco and Vincenzo are twin brothers born in Calabria, Italy. They began to study piano at the age of 7 years and they graduated at the age of 15 in the year 2001 under the guidance of Prof. Paolo Pollice at the conservatory of Vibo Valentia “F. Torrefranca”.

In the year 2003 they obtained their Master Diploma of chamber music as piano duo and then went on to graduate from the Postgraduate music course of the Hogeschool voor Muziek en Danze of Rotterdam.

Today, Francesco is Piano Professor at Conservatory Duni in Matera and Vincenzo in Conservatory Cimarosa in Avellino. Francesco e Vincenzo are among the youngest teachers in Italy today.

They have been awarded numerous prizes in international and national competitions as soloists and as a piano duo. Concerts and music festivals have taken them to some of the most prestigious concert halls: Carnegie Hall in New York, Wiener Saal and Großer Saal in Salzburg, De Doelen Theater in Rotterdam, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna Bosendorfer Hall, Liszt Hall in Budapest, Dal Verme and Sala Verdi of Milan, Philarmonic Hall of Brno, La Sapienza University in Rome, Kodaira Citizens Cultural Hall Tokio, Tchaykovsky Conservatory of Moscow, Carl-Orff Saal of Munich.

Recently they started playing with piano duo Olga and Natalia Tatievskaya, Russian twins sisters, the repertoire for 2pianos 8hands.



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