Born in 1996 in Hamburg, Anton Gerzenberg is the winner of the 15th Géza Anda Piano Competition 2021. He began to play the piano at the age of four and was taught, amongst others, by Julia Suslin and Julia Botchkovskaia in Hamburg and Jan Jiracek von Arnim in Vienna. Currently, he pursues his studies with Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Cologne. In 2019 Anton became one of the founders of the New Music ensemble ÉRMA in Cologne, which played its first concert in close collaboration with Unsuk Chin. He has played chamber music with such artists as Martha Argerich, Dora Schwarzberg and Alvise Vidolin and concertos with various orchestras including the Taipeh Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Symphoniker, Hamburger Camerata, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich. In 2022-23 the Vienna Konzerthaus presents him as a recitalist and with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in five concerts as part of its “Great Talent” programme. He is also a frequent guest at festivals including the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Accademia Chigiana in Siena and Mozartfest Würzburg.
Mozart-Prize and Audience-Prize
Julian Trevelyan is a British musician born in 1998, who in summer 2021 was awarded the Second Prize, the Mozart-Prize and the Audience Prize at the 15th Géza Anda Piano Competition in Zurich. He had already won the renowned Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin at the age of 16; in addition, he is laureate of competitions such as the CFRPM – Competition-Festival of Contemporary Music in Paris, the Dudley in Birmingham, Dumortier in Belgium, and Kissingen KlavierOlymp in Germany. Sponsored by Patrick Masure, he currently studies with Rena Shereshevskaya at the École Normale Alfred Cortot. Julian is an Alumnus of the Lieven International Piano Foundation and underwent his initial training as a pianist with Elizabeth Altman and Christopher Elton. He has performed more than twenty different piano concertos, including the first version of Tchaikovsky’s Op. 23. In Moscow, he gave the first Russian performance of Lucas Debargue’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra. Julian also studied composition and is composer in residence of the Ensemble Dynamique. He takes the position of first violinist in a string quartet, plays historical instruments and is a member of a Mandarin a cappella choir. Moreover, he studied musicology at Oxford University and obtained a degree in Geology. In his spare time, Julian enjoys reading, cooking and sports.
At the age of twenty-seven, piano virtuoso Marek Kozák has achieved a series of impressive results in a wide range of competitions, including some of the most prestigious ones. His name is almost always remembered as a semifinalist in the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, the top piano contest in its discipline worldwide, or with his success at the prestigious Prague Spring competition a year later in 2016. In 2018, he won the first prize as well as the audience prize at the European Piano Competition in Bremen. In 2019 he was a finalist at the Busoni competition in Bolzano. Critics have consistently praised his flawless technique, his sense of proportion and gradation, his wide range of expression, deep musicality and faithfulness to the musical notation. Marek Kozák is a graduate of the piano class of Prof. Ivan Klánský at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Winner of the Liszt-Bartók Prize at the 15th Concours Géza Anda 2021 Mihály Berecz was born in Budapest in 1997 and began to learn the violin at the age of six. Later, in parallel with his work in various orchestras, he began to devote himself to the piano with Edit Major and Erzsébet Belák. He obtained his First Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Christopher Elton, however. Winner of the Debut Berlin International Concerto Competition, Mihály performed for the first time at the Berlin “Philharmonie” in June 2017. Previous awards include the Golden Prize of the 2nd Manhattan International Music Competition and the Harriet Cohen Bach Prize of the Royal Academy of Music. At the 2013 Young Euro Classic Festival he performed Liszt’s “Hungarian Fantasy” at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Also in 2013, and upon the invitation of Zoltán Kocsis, he made his debut at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest. At the Liszt Academy, where he frequently performs, he recently played Mozart’s “Jenamy” concerto under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev. Mihály’s interest in historical interpretation has led to performances of fortepiano concertos with renowned orchestras playing on period instruments, such as the Orfeo Orchestra. Between 2020 and 2022, as part of a scholarship from the Hungarian Academy of Arts, he performed Béla Bartók’s complete solo works of in eight concerts at the Hungarian Radio’s Marble Hall.
Hortense Anda-Bührle Bursary
Giorgi Gigashvili is an active soloist and chamber musician, works with various orchestras and takes part in festivals and masterclasses all over the world. Recent performances took place at Salle Cortot in Paris and with the Filarmonia Baltyka at the Gdansk Philharmonic. Giorgi was trained by famous Georgian pianist and teacher Revaz Tavadze, and Martha Argerich helped him to continue his studies with Nelson Goerner in Geneva. Giorgi’s awards include the First Prize at the international piano competition in Lloret de Mar “Fiestalonia Milenio” (Spain, 2013), the First Prize at the IV Fryderyk Chopin Award for Young Pianists (Tbilisi, 2015), the Third Prize at the International Chopin Competition for Pianists (Estonia, 2016), the Second Prize at the 6th Tbilisi International Piano Competition (2017), the First Prize and the Nelson Freire Special Award at the 3rd International Piano Competition in Vigo (Martha Argerich-Edition, 2019), the Third and Audience Prize of the 62nd Busoni Piano Competition (Bolzano, 2019). At the 15th Concours Géza Anda 2021 the Géza Anda-Foundation granted Giorgi the Hortense Anda-Bührle Scholarship for One of the Youngest Participants. In October 2021 he also won the First and the Audience Prize at the renowned KlavierOlymp in Bad Kissingen, Germany.
1st Prize and Mozart Prize
American pianist Claire Huangci captivates audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle sound dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten). In solo recitals and with international orchestras, Claire plays at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall Tokyo, NCPA Beijing, Paris Philharmonie, Munich Gasteig, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Vienna Concerthouse, Salzburg Festspielhaus, and the Budapest Franz Liszt Akademy. She is a welcome guest at festivals including Lucerne, Verbier and Rheingau, as well as Klavier Festival Ruhr. Claire began her international career at the age of nine with concert appearances and awards at piano competitions. After studying with Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, she moved to Germany in 2007 for further studies with Arie Vardi in Hannover. Recordings of, amongst others, music from Scarlatti and Bach to Beethoven, Paderewski and Prokofiev testify to the wide interests of this unusually versatile artist.
Pianist Jong-Hai Park is one of the most sought-after musicians in Korea’s classical music scene today, being praised for his alluring inspiration and captivating presence. He made his debut at the age of nine, and has collaborated with renowned conductors including Marin Alsop, Gerhard Markson, John Wilson, Christopher Warren-Green, Christian Zacharias with the Nagoya Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, RTÉ National Symphony, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich. He has appeared in recital at the Paris Monnaie and the Oratoire du Louvre, was artist in residence at Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall, and invited to festivals in France (Annecy), Korea (PyeongChang) and Norway (Nordland Music Festival). Jong-Hai began his music education at the age of six. He graduated from the Korean National University of Arts, and currently studies with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, Germany. He is a laureate of prestigious competitions including Hong Kong, Top of the World, Dublin, Queen Elisabeth, and Géza Anda to name a few.
3rd Prize and Audience-Prize
Born in 1995 in Yakutia/Siberia, Sergey Tanin began to study the piano at the age of five. As an eleven-year-old he first performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in Moscow‘s Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. In 2020 Swiss Radio and Television SRF produced the documentary film „The Pianist Who Came in from the Cold“ about Sergey’s background and career. He collaborated as a soloist with leading orchestras such as the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Bremen Philharmonic, Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic and Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra. Amongst others, he appeard in famous Russian concert halls including the Grand Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky-Conservatoire, the Grand Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Concert Hall. Outside of Russia Sergey has played in Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Ukraine.
Hortense Anda-Bührle Bursary
Born in Piombino (Italy) in 1998, Gloria Cianchetta graduated with honours from the Puccini-Conservatoire of La Spezia aged fifteen. Subsequently, she took her master’s degrees with Anna Kravtchenko at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. Gloria won numerous national and international prizes. She performs in Italy and abroad, at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Musikverein in Vienna, Sala dei Giganti at Palazzo Liviano for the “Amici della Musica”, Padua, at the Gaber Auditorium at the Pirelli Skyscraper for “La società dei concerti” in Milan, LAC Lugano, Sala dei Cavalli at Palazzo Te and Teatro Bibiena for “Mantova Musica”, in Spain, Switzerland and Russia. She played with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (OSI) under Alexander Vedernikov, with Chioggia Symphony Orchestra, the L. Refice Orchestra of Frosinone and with the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania). Part of her extensive chamber music work includes a duo with violinist Francesca Bonaita, formed in 2019.
The traditions of the Géza Anda Foundation include, in some cases, long-standing connections with numerous prize-winners. We are very proud of their achievements.
Find here the previous Géza Anda competitions and their winners.