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.