Elisabeth Waglechner wins the Salzburg Mozart Competition 2020

22-year-old Elisabeth Waglechner from Vienna wins not only the 1st prize but also the audience and special prize in the piano category.

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The final concert on 11 February 2020 in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum Piano Section Foundation marked the end of the 14th International Mozart Competition of the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

Elisabeth Waglechner from Austria wins the 1st prize, the audience prize and the special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Wolfgang A. Mozart. The 22-year-old Viennese studies with Stefan Vladar at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she was accepted into the highly talented class with Alma Sauer at the age of 12 and studied with Christopher Hinterhuber. She has already won numerous prizes - including 3rd prize at the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition 2017, 2nd prize at the Antonio Vivaldi International Competition 2019, 1st prize at the Gagny 2014 International Competition and 2nd prize at the Jenö Takács Piano Competition 2012.

The 2nd prize was awarded to the 25-year-old South Korean Su Yeon Kim, who has already attracted international attention on several occasions, including as a semi-finalist at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. She won first prize and special prize at the Compositores de Espana Piano Competition in Madrid and first prize at the Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition. Su Yeon Kim has been studying at the University Mozarteum Salzburg since 2013.

The 3rd prize goes to the Japanese Yu Nitahara - also an exceptional talent with a number of 1st prizes at international competitions.

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182 applicants from 37 nations had registered for the 14th International Mozart Competition 2020. Of the 25 candidates admitted in the piano category, three qualified for the finals. Together with the Salzburg Orchestra Soloists under the direction of Tibor Bogányi, they each performed a concerto for piano and orchestra by Wolfgang A. Mozart.

Press release University Mozarteum Salzburg