Journey to Geneva: The Horowitz Competition 2023

Kyiv Competition is held in Switzerland, in support of Ukraine

As the ongoing conflict in Ukraine made it impossible for the Horowitz Competition to take place at its home base in Kyiv, Ukraine, the World Federation of Intl. Music Competitions decided to support and assist the Horowitz Competition to hold its 2023 edition in Geneva. Endorsed by the Ukrainian Minister of Culture and Information Policy, Oleksandr Tkachenko, and the Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, the competition was held from 13-21 April 2023 at the Geneva Conservatory, with the final on 21 April at Victoria Hall. The final round was accompanied by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and a number of guest players from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
Applications were open to artists from any nation. Following an online pre-selection for which more than 300 pianists from all over the world applied, 29 young pianists were invited to perform in Geneva to compete for more than CHF 65.000 in Prize money as well as numerous important engagements.

Roman Fediurko, First Prize

Julian Trevelyan, Second Prize

Kyoungsun Park, Third Prize

First Prize: Roman Fediurko (18)
Second Prize: Julian Trevelyan (24)
Third Prize: Kyoungsun Park (30)


Kirill Karabits (Chair), Giuseppe Albanese, Michel Béroff, Alexej Gorlatch, Rico Gulda, Tisa Ho, Piers Lane, Maria Murawska, Sisi Ye

Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kirill Karabits (Conductor)


The jury of the Horowitz Competition Kyiv-Geneva was comprised of reknown pianists and music professionals of different nationalities: 
Kirill Karabits (Chairman), Giuseppe Albanese, Michel Béroff, Alexei Gorlatch, Rico Gulda, Tisa Ho, Piers Lane, Maria Murawska, and Sisi Ye. 
Out of a total budget of about CHF 700.000, more than half was financed by Swiss institutions such as the Fondation H. Wilsdorf, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, and Loterie Romande. The Ukrainian Artist foundation VERE MUSIC FUND also contributed a significant amount to support the project. The City of Geneva contributed in various ways, as did the Canton of Geneva. Logistical support came from the Concours de Genève, while Artistic Partner Orchestre de la Suisse Romande offered its participation without asking for any fee.
Media Partners Medici TV, Amadeus TV, EBU and Espace 2 offered live broadcasts and livestreaming of the competition, reaching tens of thousands of viewers around the world.

©WFIMC 2023