Japan Piano Open – International Piano Competition, which took place in the city of Japan – Tokyo and was held from 3 to 7 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.

Japan 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 Japan Piano Open 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 Japan Piano Open

Batbileg Bat-Erdene (Mongolia)

Gojo Reo (Japan)

Korovin Nikita (Russia)

Lee Minsung (South Korea/Germany)

Liu YouYou (China)

Ota Shion (Japan)

Park Kyoungsun (South Korea)

Tsuchiya Eba (Japan)

Wong Oscar-Shoyo (Japan/Australia)

Yagi Daisuke (Japan)


The Winners of Japan Piano Open

1st Prize – Park Kyoungsun (South Korea)

2nd Prize – Lee Minsung (South Korea/Germany)

3rd Prize – Ota Shion (Japan)

Prize for the Best interpretation of piece by Alexey Shor – Lee Minsung (South Korea/Germany)

The Special Prize – Master Classes in the framework of “ClaviCologne – NRW” International Piano Festival 2018 – Daisuke Yagi (Japan)