1st Prize Yanfeng Bai

Yanfeng’s demonstration of skilful fingering, in combination with his performance precision delivered an exceptional Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major. His range of expression matched perfectly with the contrasts between dreamy, energetic and cheerful in Brahms’s masterpiece.



An international prizewinner, most recently taking first prize at the:
China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition and 3rd prize of the Germany Gotrian International Piano Competition.

Awarded first prize in the:
China Central Television Piano Competition
1st prize of the Concerto Competition of the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival in 2017 and in 2011
the 4th Texas State International Piano Festival Classical Artists Development Foundation Emerging Artist Award-1st Prize
1st prize and Special prize of “KADANZA CUP” the national youth piano competition prizewinner of International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

Mr. Bai has performed with numerous orchestras, including Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi and the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra. He has given multiple recitals in US, Italy and China, and has been featured in interviews by OMNI Television in Canada, China Central Television, China Piano Artistry Magazine and Parsons Music.

In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Bai will be a guest soloist with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in China.

Yanfeng, 20, is currently a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn School, where he studies with Fabio Bidini. Previous teachers include Jin Zhang, who he studied with in China at the China Central Conservatory of Music before moving to Los Angeles.

2nd Prize Linzi Pan

Linzi managed to capture the audience with an authoritative piano sound, while blending perfectly with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. Her mature stage manners and body language during Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, were a perfect compliment to her outstanding performance. PAN. Linzi is a student of Mr.Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music since September 2013. Before, she studied with Mr. Zhaoyi Dan from September 2003-July 2013./ She was performing on the national tour around 15 Chinese cities as a member of “Shenzhen Young Genius Pianists Group. In 2005, they were invited to Canada and the United States and performed in the JFK Center. Linzi’s performance was so impressive that a senior critic of Washington Post commented in his article “Four Chinese Piano Geniuses” that Pan Linzi, though only 11, played so impishly and naturally that it seemed she played the piano completely for fun. 2007, She performed at the EPTA annual conference in Portugal; 2008,she performed with Shenzhen Arts Week delegation in Poland. 2008, She was invited to play the Grieg Piano Concerto in a Grieg minor with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. 2006-2013,she had her piano recitals In Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjian, Dalian, Fuzhou, Wuhan, Yichang, Chongqing, etc. She performed many concertos with national and international symphony orchestras, including Xiamen Philharmonica Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar, Symphony Orchestra of SCCM, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and etc. National and International awards she won include: Gold Award (A Category) and dedicated Special Award, 6th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia, Japan, 2005; First Prize (A Category), “21st Century” Special Award, Laureate (one and only), 3rd Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition, Serbia, 2006; First Prize (Piano Duo Group)and two Special Awards with GU Jingdan, 8th International Grieg Competition Norway, 2007; Special Award of Junior Group, 5th International Piano Competition “For Franz Liszt”, Russia, 2008; First Prize, Senior Group of the Fourth TOYAMA Asian Youth Music Competition, Hong Kong, 2009 Third Prize of the sixth International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Weimar and Bayreuth, Oct.2009 Second Prize of the 1st “Zhou Guangren Young Pianist Award”, 2010 First Prize of the 2nd China Changchun International Piano Festival Competition, 2011 Fifth prize of the 4thHong Kong International Piano Competition, 2016

3rd Prize Fabio Martino

It was the flexible fingering and extraordinary delivery of rythm that Fabio possessed throughout the 4th CSIPCC that surprised the audience and jury alike. He delivered the complex rhythmic passages with virtuosity, offering some of the most exciting moments in Shenzhen’s Concert Hall. At the age of 5 he began playing his grandmother’s piano; she was a piano teacher in Sao Paulo. Seventeen years later – after intensive training at leading universities of music in Brazil and Germany Fabio Martino bought himself his first Steinway grand piano. The money for this came, amongst other things, from his first major prize of 48,000 US$ at the most important international piano competition in Latin America. In the meantime Fabio Martino has won more than 20 first prizes in competitions and in 2017 won second prize at the ‘Deutschen Pianistenpreis‘ competition and third prize at the China Shenzhen piano competition. Martino doesn’t only draw in the audience with his virtuoso playing; he also thrills them with his South American charm. He’s viewed as a cheeky but at the same time open challenger on the international pianist scene. He wears his hand-tied bow tie like a trademark. His current album “PASSION” was recorded in co-production with SWR in Baden-Baden. As well as well- known works by Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann, which Fabio Martino interprets in his own special emotional and inspirational manner, it also contains the world première recording of the light, full of temperament and pianistically demanding piece “Tico-Tico no fubá” arranged by Marc-André Hamelin. “This isn’t only virtuoso, it really rocks! Magnificent!” Guido Krawinkel in Klassik-Heute and awards the album the top grade: 10 points. In the USA, Australia and Brazil the album was also highlighted by the critics and highly rated. As an international soloist Fabio Martino has played piano concertos by Prokofjew, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Medtner, Bartók and many others. He was accompanied by famous orchestras like the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira (OSB), State Orchestras of Sao Paulo (OSESP), Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Badischen Staatskapelle, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, den Berliner Symphonic Orchestra, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and many others. His concerts and recitals take him to the major concert halls and to the most well-known festivals in the world: Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Arts Centre, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Sala Sao Paulo, Cidade das Artes, Opera House Rio, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Miami International Piano Festival, The Gilmore Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, North German Radio, Gasteig and Badisches Staatstheater. Audiences and critics are equally impressed, which is confirmed by the numerous invitations he gets to return. Once you’ve heard Fabio Martino, you want to hear him again. Martino also shows his ability and his special stage presence in various film and TV productions as well as live recordings amongst others for the SWR, BR, NDR, TV Globo and the BBC. Critics already mention Fabio Martino in the same breath as Nelson Freire, Martha Argerich, Claudio Arrau, Sviatoslav Richter and even link him with Vladimir Horowitz. www.fabiomartino.de