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The Clara Haskil Piano Competition (French: Concours international de piano Clara Haskil) was founded in 1963 in order to honour and perpetuate the memory the Romanian-Swiss pianist Clara Haskil.

The competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions since 1976. It takes place every two years in Vevey where Clara Haskil resided from 1942 until her death in Brussels in 1960. A street in Vevey bears her name.

The competition welcomes young pianists from all over the world.

The competition benefits from the collaboration with Radio Television Suisse Espace 2, and from the generous sponsorship of the Fondation Nestle pour l'Art, Leenards Foundation, Loterie Romande, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie Bank, the towns and communities of Vevey, Montreux, La Tour-de-Peilz, Blonay, Chardonne, Corseaux, Corsier, Jongny, and several commercial companies. The members of a circle of private donors, founded in 1999, also support the activities of the Clara Haskil Competition.

The final, broadcast by Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2 and by Radio Télévision Suisse, is part of the Montreux-Vevey International Festival of Opera and Music.

Winners 1963–2023

Year Winner[1] Finalists
1963 no winner Jon Bingham – England; Gino Brandi – Italy; Jakob Maxin – USA/Russia; Mayne Miller – USA
1965 Christoph Eschenbach, Germany Françoise Parrot – France; Carme Vilà – Spain; Annerose Walther – Germany
1967 Dinorah Varsi – Uruguay John Owings – USA; Zsuzsanna Sirokay – Hungary; Michael Studer – Switzerland
1969 no winner Peter Lang – Austria; Hanae Nakajima – Japan; Zsuzsanna Sirokay – Hungary
1973 Richard Goode – United States Penelope Blackie – Great Britain; Brigitte Meyer – Switzerland; Mitsuko Uchida – Japan
1975 Michel Dalberto – France Marie-Catherine Girod – France; Brigitte Meyer – Switzerland; Kyung Sook Lee – Korea; Margrit Pirner – Germany
1977 Evgeni Koroliov – USSR Dennis Lee – Malaysia; Jeffrey Kahane – USA; Mamiko Suda – Japan
1979 Cynthia Raim – United States Edouard Garcin – France; Kei Itoh – Japan; Marie-Paule Siruguet – France; Pietro Rigacci – Italy; Mamiko Suda – Japan
1981 Konstanze Eickhorst – Germany Eric N'Kaoua – France; Friedemann Rieger – Germany; Nina Tichman – USA; Marioara Trifan – USA
1983 no winner Nathalie Béra-Tagrine – France; Luc Devos – Belgium; Sandro de Palma – Italy; Yukino Fujiwara – Japan
1985 Nataša Veljkovic – Yugoslavia Philippe Cassard – France; Alexandra Papastefanou – Greece; Philippe Zahnd – Switzerland; Tomoko Ogasawara – Japan; Huseyn Sermet – Turkey
1987 Hiroko Sakagami – Japan Sachiyo Yonekawa – Japan; David Satyabrata – Indonesia; Sylviane Deferne – Switzerland; Laurent Cabasso – France; Jean-Marie Cottet – France
1989 Gustavo Romero – United States Ishibashi Eri – Japan; Marie-Josèphe Jude – France; Marietta Petkova – Bulgaria; Patricia Pagny – France; Doris Adam – Austria
1991 Steven Osborne – Scotland Yoshiko Iwai – Japan; Lorenz Ehrsam – Switzerland; Emmanuel Strosser – France; Alena Tchernouchenko – USSR
1993 Till Fellner – Austria Adrian Oetiker – Switzerland; Seiko Ohtomo – Japan
1995 Mihaela Ursuleasa – Romania Sheila Arnold – Germany/India; Klaus Sticken – Germany;
1997 Delphine Bardin – France Polina Leschenko – Russia, Israel; Hie-Yon Choi – South Korea; Daniil Kopylov – Russia; Nicholas Ong – Malaysia; Miku Nishimoto-Neubert – Japan
1999 Finghin Collins – Ireland Julia Bartha – Germany; Julien Le Pape – France; Denys Proshayev – Ukraine
2001 Martin Helmchen – Germany Inon Barnatan – Israel; Deborah Lee – United States
2003 no winner Herbert Schuch – Germany; Stefan Stroissnig – Austria; Jacob Katsnelson – Russia
2005 Sunwook Kim – South Korea Francesco Piemontesi – Switzerland; Gottlieb Wallisch – Austria
2007 Hisako Kawamura [ja] – Japan Alina Elena Bercu – Romania; Yana Vasilyeva – Russia
2009 Adam Laloum – France Nima Sarkechik – France / Iran; François Dumont – France
2011 Cheng Zhang – China Zhi Chao Julian Jia – China; Joo Hyeon Park – South Korea
2013 Cristian Budu – Brazil Dmitry Mayboroda – Russia; François-Xavier Poizat – Switzerland; Ainobu Ota – USA/Japan
2015 no winner Guillaume Bellom – France; Benedek Horváth – Hungary; Yukyeong Ji – South Korea
2017 Mao Fujita – Japan[2] Aristo Sham – Hong Kong; Alberto Ferro – Italy
2019 no winner Zhu Wang – China; Jorge González Buajasan – Cuba; Hyelim Kim – South Korea
2021 Yumeka Nakagawa – Japan/Germany Wataru Mashimo – Japan; Juhee Lim – South Korea
2023 Magdalene Ho – Malaysia Arthur Hinnewinkel – France; Elizaveta Ukrainskaia – Russia[3][4]


  1. ^ Finalists prize and jury since 1963, Concours international de piano Clara Haskil
  2. ^ "Results 2017". Concours Clara Haskil. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Finalists Prize & Jury".
  4. ^ "Japanese teen wins first prize at Swiss international piano competition". 4 September 2021.
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