Asian Piano Open – International Piano Competition which took place in the city of China – Shanghai and was held from 25 November to 1 December.

This newly born international piano competition provided an opportunity and a new effective platform for young pianists, not only to show their technique, skills and professionalism, but also their personality and knowledge when interpreting the compositions which they had performed.

Asian Piano Open – International Piano Competition makes part of the big series of 11 international piano competitions where 5 best participants of each competition will have a free participation in the Malta International Piano Competition 2018 in the framework of the “Malta International Music Festival 2018” which is dedicated to Valletta 2018, when the capital of Malta will become European Capital of Culture 2018!

The mission of the APKI through the presentation of the Asian Piano Open – International Piano Competition is to discover, promote, support and document the great masters of the keyboard emerging in this generation; to rediscover unusual repertoire while providing audiences with a unique musical experience; to build the audiences of the future to help ensure the very existence of classical music. Our focus is to give talents opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience on an international level and thus we are glad to attract pianists from different countries around the world!

The Finalists of Asian Piano Open

An Sohee (South Korea)

Gu Xinhao (China)

Korovin Nikita (Russia)

Lao Ruisi (China)

Li Chen-Wei (China / Taiwan)

Liu Yongqiu (China)

Luo Jie (China)

Matsutani Naomi (Japan)

Nesterova Anastasia (Russia)


The Winners of Asian Piano Open

1st Prize – Liu Youngqiu (China)

2nd Prize – Nesterova Anastasia (Russia)

3rd Prize – Gu Xinhao (China)

The Special Prize for the best interpretation of the piece of A. Shor – Liu Youngqiu (China)


5 participants of Malta International Piano Competition within Malta International Music Festival 2018:

Liu Youngqiu (China)

Nesterova Anastasia (Russia)

Gu Xinhao (China)

Korovin Nikita (Russia)

Matsutani Naomi (Japan)