Spaniard wins Rubinstein Competition

Spaniard wins Rubinstein Competition


norman lebrecht

May 04, 2021

A young Spaniard, Juan Perez Floristan, won the Rubinstein Piano Competition last night after final concerts in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Second was Shiori Kuwahara from Japan. In third place was Cunmo Yin from China.

Floristan’s girst prize is worth $40,000. He also took away the audience prize and further awards for best Beethoven concerto, best Israeli piece and best chamber music.

He looks like a runaway winner.

The competition needs a personality, having not see a storming winner since Daniil Trifonov edged out Boris Giltburg in 2011. On-the-spot observers tell us that Floristan is a crowd pleaser with star quality.


  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    Here he is playing Ligeti concerto. That’s already a good start – him playing interesting repertoire like this :

  • Eusebius says:

    Trifonov won both Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky in same year. Try to top that.
    On the other hand, Lang Lang and Yuja never won a competition.

  • PianistW says:

    This guy won Santander and is already performing with major orchestras. He is a rising star…

  • Eij says:

    Honestly nobody cares about online competitions right now.