The International Piano Forum Frankfurt is delighted to announce the nominations for the 10th International German Piano Award 2020.

in alphabetic order:

Hyelim Kim

South Korea

Hyelim Kim was born in South Korea in 1996. At the age of ten she gave her first debut with the Romanian Bacau Orchestra. Since 2016 she studies with Georg Friedrich Schenck at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf.

Jung Eun Sevérine Kim

South Korea

Sevérine Kim has won a number of high-ranking awards and prizes in several national and international competitions. Among others in South Korea, Japan, Germany, the USA and Great Britain. Since 2011 she has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover.

Rodolfo Leone


The brilliant 27-year-old Rodolfo Leone was the first-prize winner of the 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna: “A true sound philosopher” (Oberösterreichische Nachrichten).

Ziyu Liu

People´s Republic of China

21-year-old Ziyu Liu has been described as “a piano poet with infinite virtuosity and power most sensitive and feelingful touch” – newspaper – Coburger Tageblatt He also loves traveling and cuisine.

Philipp Scheucher


“His absolutely present appearance and the clean, alert sound of his interpretation are setting new standards of quality.” – radio station – West Deutscher Rundfunk – WDR

Yutong Sun

People´s Republic of China

Yutong was born in 1995. He gained international recognitions by winning major prizes of prestigious competitions in the world. Currently he is studying at the New England Conservatory.. When not playing music, he likes to watch movies and sports.

Vurgun Vakilov


Was born in 1998 in Baku. He is currently studying at the “Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris” – Alfred Cortot in Paris.