Piano Festival & Piano competition "Clavis"

We congratulate all finalists on successful performances!

We wish you continued success! 


Dear participants, we will be very glad to hear these works again at the gala concert!


Program of works for the gala concert on May 31 at 12.30 in the Beloselski-Belozerski

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Program of works for the gala concert in PDF

Results of the international piano competition „Clavis“ / Final Round in St.Petersburg


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 Results of the international piano competition „Clavis“ / Final Round in St. Petersburg PDF




The International Piano Festival and the final
round of the „Clavis“ 2021 Piano Competition
in Saint Petersburg 28th - 31st of May 2021

The festival program:

28th of May 2021

13.00 pm - Excursion to “Die Musien schwiegen nicht” museum inside of the Schostakowitsch school

19.00 pm - Piano concert “New Names “ in Castle Kochneva, address: nab. Fontanka 41

29th of May 2021

11.00 am-18.00 pm: Possibility to swim in the Schostakowitsch school‘s swimming pool

2pm: Piano concert at the Steinway piano gallery, address: ul. Vosstaniya 42a

30th of May 2021

15.30 opening and concert 

16.30 Final round of the Clavis piano competition in the Schostakowitsch school‘s concert hall

Please register with your program at  http://www.pianofestival-clavis.com/ until the 15th of May!!! The length of the program is different for each age group, please make sure your program meets the requirement: 

            AG Q: up to 7 min 

            AG A: up to 12 min

            AG B: up to 15 min 

            AG C: up to 20 min

            AG D: up to 25 min

Every registered participant will receive a personal time schedule, including:

  • A chance to test the Blüthner grand piano for 5-10 min (instrument for final performance)
  • Access to a personal warm-up room with a piano before the performance for 1h
  • Their performance time for the finals

The following announcements will take place in the evening: 

  • The final results, in the Schostakovich school foyer as well as on the Clavis website
  • The participants‘ programs for the gala concert on the 31st of May: The jury will pick one piece from each participant‘s program for the finals.
  • Each participant‘s performance time at the gala concert on the 31st of May 

In case you cannot take part in the gala concert, please let us know as soon as possible!

31st of May 2021

Gala concert at the Beloselsky-Belozersky castle, address: Nevsky Prospekt 41

(!) Registration only possible for participants + max. 3 accompanying persons 

12.30 noon: 1st part of the gala concert

14.00 pm: 2nd part of the gala concert

The chosen finalists are required to register themselves and any persons (max. 3!) accompanying them to the gala concert on the 30th of May. 

Diplomas will be sent out to all participants as well as teachers in June. 

The festival events are free of charge in exchange for donations and  registrations via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In order to attend the concert in the Kochneva house on the 28th of May, tickets are needed. They can be bought at the Kochneva house or ordered at the St. Petersburg box office. 

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 Results Baroque & Сlassical „Clavis 2021“

 Results Results Duo, Romantic, Moderne „Clavis 2021“


Congratulations on all of your great achievements! Everyone sent in great videos and put a lot of effort into them. We are glad to see you got so many likes! 

Thank you to everyone who kept to the requirements for the videos and printed out our Clavis sign. Thank you also for going through the trouble of recording videos, especially in light of the current limitations!

Now that we have reached the end of the two week voting period, we are delighted to announce the prize-winners of the Audience Prize (Duo, Romantic, Moderne) !

The following participants had the most „likes“ in their age group. We are surprised and excited that there were so many „likes“! This led us to decide to also award a prize to those participants who reached 100 „likes“. These are listed below as well.

AG Q: Eva/Johanna Liersch (133)

AG A: Cecilia/Ludwig Pansch (239) & Lina Müller (239)

AG B: Helena Štengl (728)

AG C: Peer Waibel-Fischer (705)

AG D: Sofie Fetter (186)

Small audience prize (over 100 „likes“):

AG Q: -

AG A: Nikolai Burovnikov (136) & Jessica Lukiyanova/Lisa Gebert (206) & Lejla Sijaric (179) & Maša Tkalčević (181) & Anastasia/Antoine Gaba-Dovi (103)

AG B: Inga/Charlotte Liersch (462) & Bade Erdoğan (554) & Isabel Agadzanov/Mark Alekseenko (297) & Elena Granara-Moser (142)

AG C: -

AG D: -

All participants who won an Audience Prize will receive their diplomas per e-mail on Sunday, the 14th of March. All the other diplomas will also be sent out in the next few days.


Clavis 2021: Evaluation tables of the participants in PDF


ATTENTION! Due to the quarantine situation in many countries, the Duo category deadline has been postponed to the next stage on February 26th!
We are happy to help the participants of the competition !
We wish you a good preparation for the competition and much success!

Piano Festival & Piano Competition "Clavis 2021"

Piano competition Clavis 2021 in PDF

We are proud to present you our concept for the „Clavis“ piano competition in 2021!

The competition will consist of two rounds: a first (digital) round, and second optional finals.

In the first round, you can choose from five categories, sorted by musical era. We would be glad to hear your program in all 5! But to qualify for the finals, you only need to participate in two: the mandatory baroque category and one more category of choice.

For each category you participate in, we ask you to record videos (requirements attached below).

There will be time between the different deadlines for sending these videos to make the recording easier. The jury will then judge the videos. Depending on the category and age group, they will also give prizes; Master titles will be awarded for extraordinary performance.

The second round- the finals, in which the participants can compete for special prizes from our international partners- are planned to take place in person in St. Petersburg, Russia (28th- 31st of May, 2021) and Füssen, southern Germany (9th-11th of July, 2021)All participants of the finals (everybody who sent in videos for the baroque category and one more category of choice) are warmly invited to St. Petersburg, where the finals will take place as a concert in the Belosselsky-Belosersky Palace. However, the number of participants is limited for Füssen, therefore the jury will be selecting the Füssen finalists based on the videos. All participants who were chosen for Füssen will be notified by the 24th of March, 2021.

We ask you to kindly specify where you would like to, and be able to, participate on the registration form. In case you are chosen for Füssen, you are warmly invited to participate in both cities! Please let us know where we will be able to welcome you in person by the 31st of March, 2021.

For more details, please consult the schematic overview of the competition enclosed.

We are looking forward to an exciting competition and wish everyone success! We are happy to assist you and answer any questions.

Best wishes, stay healthy!

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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Evgeny Izotov - Head of Jury (group D)

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

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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)

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Marina Kheifets

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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

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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

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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

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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:
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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

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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

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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

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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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