2014 Artist Competitors

Buratto, Luca


Luca Buratto was one of the thirty finalists of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Other competitions include: 3rd Prize and Audience Award at the XVI International Schumann Competition, and Special Prize at the Cherkassky International Piano Competition.

Cheli, Dominic

CHELI, Dominic

Dominic Cheli, 20 year-old pianist, is from St. Louis, Missouri, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Mr. Andre-Michel Schub.

Chernov, Alexey


Born in 1982, Alexey Chernov began studying at the Central Special Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire at the age of four. He studied there with N. Rogal-Levitskaya, Kira Shashkina, and Natalia Troull.

Cheung, Rachel

CHEUNG, Rachel

Born in Hong Kong, Rachel Cheung received her first piano lessons when she was four years old, and studied with Eleanor Wong at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Cossi, Lorenzo

COSSI, Lorenzo

Born in Trieste in 1982, Lorenzo Cossi began studying piano at the age of seven. He obtained his diploma at the “Conservatorio di Musica G. Tartini” in Trieste with full marks and honors, in the class of Giuliana Gulli. He has also studied with Nino Gardi.

Cuellar, Scott


Scott Cuellar was the 1st place winner of the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition (solo division), where he also took 2nd place in the concerto division, and was the winner of the Krenek Prize for the best performance of a sonata by Ernst Krenek.

Danespour, Sara


Sara Daneshpour is a 2014 prizewinner of the Seoul International Music Competition and 2013 Laureate of the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association.

Gadjiev, Alexander

GADJIEV, Alexander

Alexander Gadjiev was born in 1994 into a family of musicians in Gorizia, Italy. He began his piano studies at the age of five with his mother, Ingrid Silic. He continued his studies with his father, Siavush Gadjiev.

Giorgini, Saskia


Born in Italy, Saskia Giorgini has been featured in major festivals including Concerti del Quirinale (live broadcast on Radio3), MiTo Settembre Musica festival, Unione Musicale, Teatro La Fenice, Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto Holland International Music Sessions, Società dei Concerti di Milano

Gugnin, Andrey

GUGNIN, Andrey

Born in 1987, Andrey Gugnin has been involved in music since the age of seven. He studied with Professor Vera Gornostaeva at The Moscow, Tchaikovsky Conservatory graduating in 2010.