Age group I (8 to 10 years):

  1st prize: Tamara Mertens
  2nd prize: Dascha Klimas 
  3rd price: Victoria Peters

Age group II (11 to 13 years):

  1st prize: Ildikó Rozsonits
  2nd prize: Lisa-Marie Ehrenfried
  2rd prize: Fengxiang Marcus Zhai

Age group III (14 to 15 years):

  1st prize: Matteo Weber
  2nd prize: Philipp Hubert
  3rd prize: Pave Theodor Chatzipavlidis

Age group IV (16 to 18 years):

  1st prize: Cynthia Maya Bal
  2nd prize: Katharina Justus
  3rd prize: Dingyuan Chang

Special prize "Schumann": Matteo Weber (AG III)
Special prize "Zeitgenössisch": Cynthia Maya Bal (AG IV)

Bechstein prize "Ravel": Linus Paul Dönneweg (AG III)
Bechstein prize "Debussy": Shion - Linda Kratzer (AG III)
Bechstein prize "Skrjabin" Cynthia Maya Bal (AG IV)


Over 12 successful years, the youth piano competition has developed into a competition of international renown.
In 2018, it will take place for the 13th time in the Great Hall of EVONIK Industries AG in Essen.
The contest will run from 27. until the 29. April 2018.

The composer Robert Schumann is the focus of this year‘s competition.

The concert for the prize winners of our International Youth Piano Competition will be presented on Sunday, 17. June 2018,
as a matinee performance at 11:00 in the RWE Pavilion of the Essen Philharmonica.

„We are looking for the best and for the best to find us.“ (Jürgen Lamprecht, initiator of the competition)
„After winning a prize at this competition, this is something you often see
quoted in the Vita.“ (Manja Lippert, juror)
With friendly assistance from Evonik Industries