Young Croat storms Busoni Competition

Young Croat storms Busoni Competition


norman lebrecht

September 03, 2017

The prestigious Busoni Piano Competition was won last night in Bolzano, Italy, by Ivan Krpan from Croatia.

Krpan, 20, will graduate next year from the Zagreb Academy of Music. His father is a prominent violinist, his mother a musicologist. The prize is being hailed in Croatia as the country’s greatest musical triumph for a generation.

Second prize went to Korea’s Jaeyeon Won and third to Russia’s Ana Geniušene.

Past winners of the Busoni include Jörg Demus (1956), Martha Argerich (1957) and Louis Lortie (1984).

In the last five Busoni contests, the first prize was only twice awarded, a token of its high standards.


  • Ungeheuer says:

    Congratulations. Will be keeping an eye and ear on him even if the opening bars of the concerto did not impress me.

  • Selpak says:

    Does anyone know if Anna Geniusene has any relation to Lukas Geniusas?

  • antarenae says:

    Anna is married to Lukas.

    The winner Krpan is really a rock star. Quiet on stage but intense. And at the competition there seemed to be groupies. And some crazy behavior after the final concert… He really is a rockstar!

  • serena says:

    It’s not really “crazy behavior” if an attractive young man has sex with admiring girls. Only in classical music…