Interactive hybrid format at the Hong Kong intl. Piano Competition

The 6th Hong Kong International Piano Competition and the Hong Kong Joy of Music Festival took place from 10 to 27 October at Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt,  presented by the Chopin Society of Hong Kong with the kind support of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

German Pianist Jonas Stark (24) won First Prize, followed by Yuanfan Yang (25) of the United Kingdom and Konstantin Khachikyan (27) from Russia.

Numerous master classes (Tigran Alikhanov, Peter Donohoe, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Cyprien Katsaris, Eliso Virsaladze, Pascal Roge, Jean-Bernard Pommier and Robert Benz), presentations, chamber music performances and recitals by renowned jury members complemented the festival and competition programme. 

All events were streamed in real time from the Esterházy Palace in Austria exclusively to the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. The audience in Hong Kong could thus be present at all performances via livestream despite the stringent Covid restrictions imposed by the local government. The competition was therefore able to circumvent another postponement, which many of the Mainland Chinese competitions had to go through this year.


Jonas Stark, winner of the Competition

German pianist Jonas Stark has performed extensively through all major German cities, France, the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Russia and Australia. As a soloist in piano concertos he appeared with the Heidelberger Philharmoniker, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Norddeutsche Philharmonie, Münchener Kammerorchester and Haydn Philharmonie under the baton of Marin Alsop, Marcus Bosch, Martin Fratz, Dietger Holm and Kahchun Wong.

Jonas Stark, started piano lessons with Jelena Semenenko when he was five years old. After his Bachelor of Music at the Musikhochschule Saar at Saarbrücken, Germany with Professor Thomas Duis in 2018, he went on for a  Master and Professional Diploma with Ian Fountain at the Royal Academy of Music in London and now continues his studies in Hannover in the class of Roland Krüger.


First Prize: Jonas Stark (24), Germany
Second Prize: Yuanfan Yang (25), United Kingdom
Third Prize: Konstantin Khachikyan (27), Russia

Robert Benz, Peter Donohoe, Cyprien Katsaris, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Gabriel Kwok, Li Ming Qiang, Pascal Roge, Jean Bernard Pommier, Elisso Virsaladze, Eleanor Wong

Final (Chamber music) : Alvaro Pierri(Guitar), Logos Chamber Group 
Final (Concerto) : Haydn Philharmonie/ Marin Alsop (Conductor)