2012 International Johannes Brahms Competition

19th International Johannes Brahms Competition Pörtschach, Austria

The winners of the 19th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach are: 
1. Mari SATO, born. 1987, Japan
2. Kanako KURODA, born. 1982, Japan
3. David HAUSKNECHT, born. 1992, Tschechische Republik

Two of the winners (Mari Sato & David Hausknecht) are students from Prof. Avo Kouyoumdjian.
Prof Kouyoumdjian is director of the Joseph Haydn Institute and since 1997
Professor for piano and chamber music at university of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

The summer of 2012 sees the 19th anniversary of the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach. The reputation of this piano und chamber music competitions is built on the high standard of musicians - pianists; violin, viola and cello players; chamber musicians and singers.

This year, 500 musicians from over 47 nations compete. This competition entrants from most European countries, from Finland in the north to Greece in the south. A truly international feel is provided by competitors from Australia, China, South Africa, Japan and the USA. Just under a tenth of those who register come from Austria.
So what makes the Brahms competition so appealing to musicians the world over? A difference between the Pörtschach event and those elsewhere is the transparency in the marking. Rather than using a committee that is out of sight, the jurors each have to give their marks immediately after the performance and in full view of the audience. This helps the understanding of both competitor and spectator, and also eliminates the unnecessary wait for the results that mars other events. Furthermore, it offers the chance for the audience to compare their judgments with the artistic and technical merit scores announced.

The competition has been scheduled from September 1st until September 9th, 2012. On Sunday, 9th September the final concert took place for all prize winners at the Casineum Velden. Without participating in the final concert no prize could be awarded!