Piano Festival & Piano competition "Clavis"

International Piano-Festival “Clavis“ 2021 in Füssen

Also available as live streaming on the YouTube channel “Piano Clavis” for anyone interested! The programme includes works from the baroque period to the modern era. Young pianists will be showing their versatile spectrum of talents.

July 9th 2021

19.00-20.00 Kaisersaal/ City Museum Füssen Piano Concert “Vierhändig unterwegs”/ “En route with four hands”

Award- winners as well as members of the jury “Clavis Duo” 2021 will be playing works for four hands for the piano by W.A. Mozart, R. Schumann, S. Rosberg. A. Ostrovski, J.Cobbaerts, I.A. Open to the public and free entry! Seats are limited. Pre- registration is only required for members and their relatives and/or companions. Audiences are warmly invited to enter, depending on the availability of seats.


July 10th 2021

 12.00-16.30 Auditorium Music School Füssen

International Piano Competition “Clavis” including age groups between 5 and 14 years (Not open to the public but anyone interested is warmly invited to join the livestream)

19.00-21.00 Kaisersaal/ City Museum Füssen Gala- Concert Part 1/ Award Ceremony

Open to the public and free entry! Seats are limited.Pre- registration is only required for members and their relatives and/or companions. Audiences are warmly invited to enter, depending on the availability of seats. Award-Winners of Clavis 2020 (pianists of the age groups between 15-29 years) and award winning finalists of the International Piano-Competition “Clavis” 2021 (pianist of the age groups between 6 and 14 years, according to the assigned plan) as well as members of the jury renowned international pianists.


July 11th 2021

10.00-11.00 Auditorium Music School Füssen

A Matinée with Dmitri Romanov- Pianist and Composer. Professor at the University for Music and Theatre in Munich, department for piano and composition Internal event for the students and teachers of the music school Füssen. Anyone interested is warmly invited to join the live stream on the YouTube Channel “Piano Clavis)

 13.00-17.00 Kaisersaal/ City Museum Füssen

Open judging round of the International Piano- Competition “Clavis”. Age groups between 15 and 30 years.

Open to the public and free entry! Seats are limited. Pre- registration is only required for members and their relatives and/or companions. Audiences are warmly invited to enter depending on the availability of seats. Change of the external audience will be made possible after each performing artists (every 15- 25 minutes and depending on free seats).

19.00-21.00 Kaisersaal/ City Museum Füssen Gala Concert Part 2/ Award Ceremony

Open to the public and free entry! Seats are limited. Pre- registration is only required for members and their relatives and/or companions. Audiences are warmly invited to enter, depending on the availability of seats.Performers will be the award- winning members of “Clavis” 2021

Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer des Galakonzertes Teil 1 am 10. Juli um 19.00 Kaisersaal Stadtmuseum Füssen Die gespielte Werke werden von der Jury bestimmt

 Michail Gabazzov
Jonas Rüde
Felizian Vitolo
Claudia Lippert
Maddox Marsollek
Julia-Timea Fioranti
Anastasia Gaba-Dovi
Antoine Gaba Dovi
Nina Purov
Anastasia Houncharuk
Margarita Reshetova
Elena Darchia
Ellen Schmidt
Ivan Chernukhin

Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer des Galakonzertes Teil 2 am 11. Juli um 19.00 Kaisersaal Stadtmuseum Füssen Die gespielte Werke werden von der Jury bestimmt

Lina Müller
Yuan Linda
Flor Thomas
Lejla Sijanric
Adriana Vasilski
Anna Schuster
Raoul Gross
Maša Tkalčević
Eva Goreta
Philipp Huber
Hüseyin Gültekin
Agadzanov Isabel
Alle Teilnehmer der Gruppe "D"

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The Piano Festival "Clavis" unlocks all piano lids and opens the doors for small to professional!
Clavis means "key", "button", "letter" or "note" ... the little clavis "c" we know as the first note, clavis "G" serves as the treble clef.
The main theme of the festival is the unification of all keyboard instruments, the way on from the beginning, from the source of the art of piano to today's world of piano. This is a connection between the traditions of the Russian pianoforte school with the piano art of Europe, wherein organ and harpsichord music are the basis of all pianistic knowledge.
Concerts, seminars, masterclasses of Clavichord, harpsichord, piano and organ will be offered during the three-day festival. The center of the Project are two international  Competitions for children and young People: The International Competition of Music of baroque (Harpsichord and Organ) and the International Piano  Competition. Organizers of the festival make every effort to make the piano art a bit closer and more tangible for all. All piano lovers, pianists, teachers and students are cordially invited to these two great events!

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Natalia Panina - Director of Festival

Natalia Panina-Rummel / Music Festival „Clavis“

Natalia Panina (born in 1979) comes from a musician family in St. Petersburg / Russ. Federation. She has been studying piano, singing and pedagogy at the Russian State Pedagogical University (Prof .: Galina Mamon and Jury Stavitzky) and successfully completed the course of studying in 2001. Since 2005, she has been living in Germany and is continuing her musical and pedagogic activities.

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John Arthur Westerdoll - Organizer of the festival in Bavaria / Füssen

John Arthur Westerdoll / Music Festival „Clavis“

The Amero-Bavarian Violinist John Arthur Westerdoll completed his studies in music at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem and at the conservatory in munich. He lives as a free- lance artist in Füssen where he organises  theatre events and concerts with international attendees together with his wife Miriam. 

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Miriam Dunja Westerdoll Organizer of the festival in Bavaria / Füssen

Miriam Dunja Westerdoll / Music Festival „Clavis“

Dramaturg Miriam Dunja Westerdoll completed Theatre Studies and English Literatur at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Since 2011 she has been living in Füssen where she organises and conceives cultural events together with her husband John.

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Evgeny Izotov - Head of Jury (group D)

Evgeny Izotov / Piano Festival "Clavis"

Evgeny Izotov got his education in St.Petersburg State Conservatory, post graduate course and graduated with honors from Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he got the Diplom Superieur de Concertiste. He was teached by professors Nina Seregina, Elena Semishina, Marian Ryabitzki. Within master-classes he worked with Dmitry Bashkirov, William Nabore, K.H.Kemmerling, Lazar Bermann.

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Zueva Aleftina - Head of Jury (group Q, A)

Zueva Aleftina / Piano Festival "Clavis"

Zueva Aleftina Fedorovna was born in 1949. Graduated from Ufa State Institute of Arts named after A.D. Frank. From 1973 till 1995, after graduation, she worked as a teacher at MSMC of USIA in the special piano class. From 1995 till nowadays A.F. Zueva works as a teacher of special piano and pedagogical training at the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College. She is Honored Artist of Russia

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Anna Sheludko - Head of Jury (group В, С)

Anna Sheludko / Piano Festival "Clavis"

Anna Sheludko was born in Ufa in 1981. Her primary education was in the middle special music school at her mother’s, Alla Zueva, class. The she continued her education in Rimsky-Korsakov Music College (Oleg Koshelev class). She graduated with honors from St.Petersburg State Conservatory and later post graduate course of Honored Russian Artist professor Valery Vishnevsky.

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Marina Kheifets

Marina Kheifets / Music Festival „Clavis“

Marina Kheifets hails from Lwiw (Lviv) in the Ukraine where she became a master pupil of Prof. Samuel Deitsch at the Mikola-Lysenko Music Academy. Kheifets discovered her musical talent early on, giving her first solo performance already at the age of seven. Her pianistic endeavors have included performances with the soprano, Swetlana Katchour and the pianist, Anna Yarovaya, among others. 

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Anastasia Sobyanina - Head of the international relations

Anastasia Sobyanina / Music Festival „Clavis“

Born in 1991 in Kaspiysk (Dagestan), after graduating from the Music School Makhachkala (Prof. Papayan) she continued her education at the Moscow State Conservatory P.I Tchaikovsky (Prof. Irina Osipova). Anastasia Sobyanina has had success in numerous national and international competitions like "Århus International Piano Competition" (2013),

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Olga Kotlyarova - Head of Jury

Olga Kotlyarova / Music Festival „Clavis“

O. KOTLYAROVA graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory as a pianist, an organist and a harpsichordist in the classes of Professors E. Murina, T. Chausova, I. Rozanov. While continuing her studies Olga became a laureate of a wide majority of the music competitions as follows: the first prize at the Durlet International Pianist Competition (Antwerp),

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Evgeny Konnov

Evgeny Konnov / The International Festival of clavier art „Clavis“

Evgeny Konnov began to study piano at the age of four with Natalia Krivosheina, and in 1999 he entered in the Gnesin Music School in Moscow, Russia under Tatiana Sarkisians supervision. From 2008 to 2012 he studied at the Academic Music College in Moscow, Russia with Natalia Syslova. From 2012 to 2013 he studied at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, Germany under Professor Georg Friedrich Schenck supervision.

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Elena Tolstykh

Elena Tolstykh / The International Festival of clavier art „Clavis“

Dr. Elena Tolstykh Born in Sverdlovsk, Russia, Elena Tolstykh acquired her first teaching license in Ufa (Russia) at the Music Lyceum for gifted children and continued her studies in Moscow at the Gnesin Music Academy with an honors degree in education and musicology. Parallel to her scientific and educational activities at the Gnesin Academy of Music and teaching piano in Gottingen,Germany, Elena went abroad as an artist with the project "Bell Tango."

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Aimo Pagin

Aimo Pagin (France) / Piano Festival «Clavis» in Bayern & St. Petersburg

Aimo Pagin is one of the most important French pianists of his generation and is at home with solo and orchestral concerts on the largest podiums in the world. He was born in 1983 and received lessons at the age of seven at the Conservatory of Strasbourg with F. CLAUSTRE. Later he moved to the Conservatory of Colmar in the class of RENA SHERESHEVSKAYA.

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Ana-Marija Markovina

 Ana-Marija Markovina  /  Piano Festival "Clavis" / Music festival

Born in Croatia, Ana-Marija Markovina studied in Berlin, Vienna and Weimar and now lives in Cologne. Her concert tours have taken her to over 50 countries. She has been a soloist with numerous German and international orchestras such as the Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia, the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesorchester, the Brandenburg Symphony,

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Elena Cobb

Elena Cobb / Piano Festival «Clavis» in Bayern & St. Petersburg

EVC Music is an Internet-based sheet music publisher with the vision to inspire young pianists worldwide with a wide-ranging recital repertoire, which can create unforgettable moments and valuable musical experiences for performers.The catalogue includes both traditional books and digital sheet music, written in a variety of styles by living composers.

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Tatiana Kozlova

Tatiana Kozlova / The International Festival of clavier art „Clavis“

Mrs. Tatiana Kozlova is an expert in the field of music education with over 30 years of experience. Mrs. Kozlova is part of the piano faculty of the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel - Aviv. Her students constantly win prizes at International and National competitions such as International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, Riga International competition,

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Anna Buchberger

Anna Buchberger / Piano Music Festival „Clavis“

Anna Buchberger started playing the piano at the age of five. Three years later she was awarded a first prize at the Steinway-competition in Munich, performed in the Herkulessaal of the Munich residence and recorded for the main Bavarian public radio station “Bayerischer Rundfunk”. In 2003 Anna was accepted as the youngest extraordinary “junior” piano student of Prof. Franz Massinger at the University for Theater and Music Munich.

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Dr. Dietmar Gräf

Dr. Dietmar Gräf Piano Music Festival

Dietmar Gräf was born in Marienbad, Sudetenland, in 1943 (as son of the director of music, solo trumpeter and violinist Dolf Gräf). After the forced displacement, residence and school attendance in Bayreuth. Studies of Church Music (A-Diploma), School Music for secondary school, Composition as well as Concert Piano and Conducting in Regensburg, Würzburg, Munich and under Prof. Swarowsky (Vienna).

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Michael Schneidt

Michael Schneidt / Piano Festival "Clavis"

Michael Schneidt, born in Munich, received his piano education at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, studying with Hugo Steurer and Klaus Schilde. He then completed his artistic state examination with distinction as well as his master-class diploma. He continued his education on a grant from the DAAD with Alessandro Specchi in Florence,

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Yulia Kazantseva

Yulia Kazantseva / Piano Festival "Clavis"

Dr. Yulia Kazantseva performed her first public solo concert in Moscow at the age of 7, and was selected at the age of 13 by UNESCO to perform at the “Music for Peace” concert, where she shared the stage with Sting, Zucchero, Montserrat Caballe, Lionel Richie, and other internationally-acclaimed musicians.

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Kaori Fazeni

Kaori Fazeni / Piano Festival "Clavis"

Born in Toyama / Japan, was awarded her piano degrees in Japan and Austria.

Academy of Music Senzokugakuen /Japan:
With Prof. Jiro Yamamoto, Prof. Atsuko Nakamichi, Stanislav Bunin and Halina Czerny-Stefańska and a graduate course piano with Prof. Eduardo Delgado

Anton Bruckner Private University Linz /Austria:

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Eriko Takahashi

Eriko Takahashi / Music festival „Clavis“

A native of Yokohama, Japan, Eriko Takahashi studied piano at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. After her graduation she moved to Austria and completed a Master of Arts degree in piano under Gottfried Hemetsberger at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, where she also studied piano chamber music under Till Alexander Körber and instrumental pedagogy. She also received fortepiano lessons by Wolfgang Brunner.

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Dmitrij Romanov

Piano Festival "Clavis"/ Dmitrij Romanov

Dmitrij Romanov was born on 03.11.1982 in Moscow, Russia. He studied at the Gnessin Musical School in the class of Elena Efrussi and Ada Traub. He studied composition under  the supervision of Vladimir Bagrov from 1991. In January 1997 Mr. Romanov moved to Munich, Germany. Since 1997 he studied piano under the supervision of Vadim Suchanov and Gernot Sieber. He also studied composition at the Richard Strauss Conservatory.

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Sofia Gandiljan

Sofia Gandiljan / Music Festival „Clavis“

S. Gandilyan (b. 1984) is a harpsichordist, fortepianist, and PhD musicologist. Sofya has won scholarships and awards from the Austria Barock Academy, the Shostakovich Foundation, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst [DAAD]. In May 2012, Sofya was a finalist and received an Honorary Mention Prizein the “Prague Spring” harpsichord competition.

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Nataliya Frenzel

Nataliya Frenzel / Music festival „Clavis“

Nataliya Frenzel was born in the Ukraine and completed her studies there as a state-certified piano teacher and music pedagogue. Since 1999 she lives in Germany. At the University of Augsburg, she studied the subjects of music education (the subject piano at Johann Winter), psychology and German philology with a degree Magister Artium (M.A.)

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Antonino Ciaccio

Piano Festival „Clavis“ / Antonino Ciaccio

Born in 29/06/1989.
Studies:  2003 to 2008 : Higher Diploma I.T.G. A.Lincoin. 2011 to 2012: Annual Masters at Academy Varesina  A.Cortot of Travedona Monate (Varese, Italy) with M° Roberto Plano. 2012 to 2015: Course at the Academy PianoFriends of Milan (2012-2015).
2003 to 2015: Diploma (10 years)  at Conservatory “V.Bellini” in Palermo (Italy) with result 10/10 with Dorotea Cei.

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Heinrich Bentemann

Klavierfestival „Clavis“ / Heinrich Bentemann

Heinrich Bentemann studierte  Schulmusik, mit  Hauptfach Klavier, Chor- und Orchesterleitung sowie  Kirchenmusik (A-Prüfung) an der Hochschule für Musik Westfalen-Lippe in Detmold. Er  unterrichtete in Deutschland und Frank-reich, neben Musik auch die Fächer Französisch und Religion und leitete Gymna-sien in Bayern, Rheinland-Pfalz und Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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Marcus Vitolo

Piano Festival „Clavis“ / Marcus Vitolo

Marcus Vitolo, born in Stuttgart in 1967, received his first piano lessons at the age of six, and was admitted to the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan, Italy, at the age of 11. Attended the Liceo artistico-Musicale del Conservatorio di musica "Giuseppe Verdi", Milano (Music-Artistic Gymnasium of the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi", Milan).

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Renata Mironova

Renata Mironova / Piano Music Festival

Renata Mironova is a composer and performer from Novosibirsk (Russia). She graduated from Novosibirsk State Conservatory with a Piano Performance degree in 2009.

She has been writing music since childhood. She is the author of many songs and romances but her major music interest is miniatures for the piano in Romantic style

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Rie Mukai

Rie Mukai / Piano Music Festival „Clavis“

Rie Mukai was born in Japan and started to learn Piano at the age of 4. She studied at the Kagoshima Music College with Prof. Kazumitsu Nakajima and teached at the Yamaha Music School in Kagoshima. In 2004 she came to Vienna and worked with Prof. Norman Shetler. She continued her education at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz with Prof. Johannes Marian

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Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin

Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin  / Piano Festival "Clavis"

"...an opulent pleasure of sound..." - as described by the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" on the composer, who was awarded the Austrian State Prize "Outstanding Artist Award - Musik 2013" by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, for her composition "Elimo"

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Bernhard Gillitzer

Bernhard Gillitzer / Piano Festival "Clavis"

Studierte zunächst in München Orgel und Kirchenmusik am Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium. Weiterführende Studien führten ihn nach Würzburg an die Musikhochschule. Anschließend Studium für Alte Musik und historische Aufführungspraxis mit Schwerpunkt "Historische Tasteninstrumente" (Cembalo, Clavichord u. Hammerflügel)

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Ekaterina Polyakova

Ekaterina Polyakova / Piano Music Festival „Clavis“

Ekaterina Polyakova was born in Osersk (Russia) in 1987. At the age of five she had her first piano lesson and consequently won several prices at national and international competitions at an early age. From October 2005 to September 2015 she first studied at the University of Music Karlsruhe where she majored in piano and historical keyboard instruments

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