The International Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition was held in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia from March 7th to 18th. Since the first competition held in 2002 in honour of Isidor Bajic, one of the most prolific Serbian composer and pedagogue, who was born in 1878 and passed away in 1915 at the age of 37, the competition reached 7th time around this year. The number of contestants so far exceeds 1,000, and pianists from various countries have participated.
On the day before the competition, the opening gala concert took place. Nicola Lisoto, the laureate of the last time, performed “Piano concerto no. 1” written by Frederic Chopin, while Federico Colli, an Italian conspicuous pianist, played Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3. Both performed with Serbian National Theatre Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Aleksandar Kojic. For this gala concert, EX concert grand piano was used. As a matter of fact, this EX is often selected by many pianists for their recital/concert because of the surpassing tonal quality, though the hall accommodates other well-known piano brands.
The 12-day competition consisting of 3 categories according to the age started from the next day, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners for each category were selected. It should be specially mentioned that all the contestants of Category C at the second round and semifinals played exclusively on the Kawai RX-6 grand piano despite the other brands being available. Phillip Potz, Kawai Artistic Advisor, commented that he found some young talented Serbian pianists who are expected to be Kawai users and promote Kawai Piano at various occasions thanks to the organizers and Mr Stasa Lorbek and Mr Stefan Sead Lorbek, Managing Directors of SMS Music, Kawai distributor in Serbia, who supported the overall operation of the competition. In fact, Ms. Tijana Andrejic who won Category B in 2006 already became a fun of Kawai and is using Kawai Piano at her recitals.