Ryoma Takagi (25) from Japan is the winner of the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition 2018
Thirty young pianists aged 17-33 from 18 different countries participated in this year’s International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition. The competition was held for the 4th time in Bergen. In the final in Grieghallen Sunday, September 9th, 25-year-old Ryoma Takagi from Japan won the first price. Together with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner, Takagi performed the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov.
The first prize of the Grieg Competition is € 30 000, and concert engagements in Norway and abroad. In Norway, the winner will receive prestigious invitations to perform in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Kristiansand, and will appear as festival artist at the Lofoten Piano Festival.
2nd prize and 20 000 euro went to Matyáš Novák (20) from Czech Republic.
3rd prize and 10 000 euro went to Alexey Trushechkin (28) from Russia. Trushechkin also received the orchestra’s prize
The foundation Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen is the main sponsor and the exclusive private contributor to the competition.
Photo: Dan Fosse/KODE