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YPF European Piano Competition - Grand Prix Youri Egorov 2022

Why take part?

• First Prize: 15.000
• Second Prize: 7.500
• Third Prize: 5.000

• A career development programme (all depending on Covid restrictions), including: 
     - A (inter)national concert tour (to be confirmed);
     - A series of 6 masterclasses;
     - Coaching and training opportunities;
     - Promotional support. 
• Audience Award – being voted on by the public attending the Final;
• Possible additional Prizes, to be notified at a later stage.

The jury may also award the Grand Prix Youri Egorov if the winning pianist has demonstrated exceptional musical talent. This prize includes a concert with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg conducted by Valery Gergiev.

In brief

The YPF European Piano Competition (formerly known as the YPF Piano Competition) is famous for its demanding repertoire, outstanding eight-member international jury, and valuable prizes, placing it on par with other leading international competitions. The competition is organised by the Young Pianist Foundation (YPF), whose motto, Select, Invest, and Launch, is as up to date today as it was twenty years agoThis year, for the first time, participants holding a European Union or United Kingdom passport will be allowed to take part.


The YPF European Piano Competition 2022 consists of four rounds:

  • 1 November 2021 – 1 December 2021 - Video pre-selection round (auditions);
  • 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 February 2022 - Quarter Finals;
  • 16 February 2022 - Semi Finals; 
  • 20 February 2022 - Grand Finale with orchestra. 

For the three public rounds of the Competition, the order of play is drawn at random and in the presence of a notary. During the Finale on Sunday, 20 February 2022, in Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, the three finalists will have the opportunity to test their mettle before an independent, eight-member, international jury.

Fact file
Deadline01 Feb - 01 Nov 2021
Finals20 Feb 2022
WhereAmsterdam, Netherlands
Age groupsPianists under 28 years of age

Severin von Eckardstein (Germany)
Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden (Belgium)
Edith Fisher (Chile)
Nino Gvetadze (Georgia - Netherlands)
Hannes Minnaar (Netherlands)
Ronan O'Hora (Great Britain, non-voting Chairman)
Hanna Shybayeva (Netherlands)
Malcolm Singer (Great Britain)


Hanna Shybayeva, 2001
Nino Gvetadze, 2004
Thomas Beijer, 2007
Daniel van der Hoeven, 2010
Rosalía Gómez Lasheras, 2013
Ramon van Engelenhoven, 2015
Yang Yang Cai, 2019

The finalists of the competition will be accompanied by the PHION, Orchestra of Gelderland & Overijssel under the baton of Antony Hermus.

Travel and accommodation for competitiors

  • Reimbursement of reasonable economy travel expenses to and from the Netherlands with a maximum of €250;
  • Free accommodation with host families in Amsterdam or surroundings for the duration of the participant’s participation in the competition.

Attending the competition

Audience is welcome during the whole competition. Entrance to the preliminary rounds is for free. 

Tickets to the concert “A Tribute to Youri Egorov” on Saturday 19 February, and the competition's Final on Sunday 20 February are available through this link.