Basel International Online Piano Competition 2023

Entry period:June 5th, 2023 - August 5th, 2023

Results :September 30th, 2023


Screening Format:Entirely online  (YouTube, or Bilibili )


Participants:The competition is open for all nations.


Repertoire : free of choice(Baroque ~ modern/contemporary)

Contestants can choose Freely the repertoire which reflects their musicality and artistic personality the best way. 

unpublished musics or original compositions are not allowed.

The repertoire should consist of one or more pieces which has to fulfill the time frame,depending on the age category.


Ages/ time limits: 

A.  9 years old and under  ーup to 6 min

B.  From 10 to 13 years old ― up to 8 min

C.  From 14 to 17 years old ― up to 10 min

D.  From 18 to 21 years old ― up to 13 min

E.  From 22 to 25 years old ― up to 13 min

F.  From 26 to 35 years old ― up to 16 min

G. From 36 years old and above ― up to 16 min


Jury: International jury from Europe and Asia 

The jury consists of concert pianists and experienced piano educators.

Dr.Costin Filipoiu

Lukas Loss

Yun Sun

Yoshiko Furukawa

Yoshito Numasawa


Dr.Costin Filipoiu

Dr. Costin Filipoiu was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1979. He studied piano at the universities of music in Berlin, Lübeck and Nuremberg with professors M. Hughes, R. Becker, K. Eickhorst and B. Endres. He has participated in masterclasses with professors Dinu Ciocan, Günter Ludwig, Hans Leygraf, Anatol Ugorski, Aquilles Delle Vigne, Wolfgang Manz, Gabriel Rosenberg, among others. In 2019, he received his PhD from the National University of Music Bucharest with a thesis on the piano variation in the works of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. He has been a prize winner at various national and international piano competitions. He has performed as a soloist with the Bucharest Radio Symphony Orchestra, with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest and with the Smetana Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague. He regularly gives piano recitals in Germany and Romania. Since 2009 he has been a lecturer for piano accompaniment at the Nuremberg University of Music and since 2011 he has been an accompanist for the vocal classes of Prof. Siegfried Jerusalem.

Lukas Loss

Lukas Loss (born in Basel) studied at the HSM Basel with Claudio Martínez Mehner, Anton Kernjak and Jan Schultsz. Further lessons with Rafael Rosenfeld, Felix Renggli, François Benda, Thomas Demenga, Michel Roth, Marc Hantaï, Alexander Sitkovetsky. In the Schola C.B. he studied the harpsichord with Andrea Scherer. Master classes with Stephen Kovacevic, Ferenc Rados, Oliver Schnyder, Heinz Holliger, Denes Varjon, Hatto Beyerle, Helmut Lachenmann, Patrick Jüdt, Antonio Meneses and Stefan Arnold. Graduation summa cum laude. He has performed as a soloist with the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Basel Academic Orchestra. From 2016 to 2018 he was vice conductor at the Knabenkantorei Basel. With the "Trio Carmine" he gives concerts in Denmark, Spain, Latvia, Italy, France and Switzerland and is an ECMA ensemble; in 2022, the "Trio Carmine" was broadcasted on the BBC Radio. Lukas Loss directs the "Basel Infinity Festival" and the classical concert series "Klassik mit Nachklang" in the Kloster Dornach and is a board member of the Collegium Musicum Basel.

Yun Sun

Born in China, Yun Sun studied with Professor Guang Ren Zhou at the middle school of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She then went on to the United States to study in the precollege division of the Manhattan School of Music as a winner of the Elwa van Gelder Scholarship. She received her master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Nina Svetlanova and received the Marian Marcus Wahl Award. Since then, Ms. Sun has also studied with Vladimir Feltsman and Robert McDonald. In 2012, Yun Sun obtained her degree of Doctor of Music Arts in Piano Performance from The City University of New York. She has been on the college piano faculty at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China since 2002.

Ms. Sun is a winner of numerous piano competitions, including the Artist International Annual Young Artist Debut Series and the National Beethoven Foundation Fellowship Audition. She has also been the top-prize winner at the Stravinsky International Piano Competition, and the top-prize winner in the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati.

Since Ms. Sun’s Weil Recital Hall debut, she has concertized throughout the United States. Her European debut took place in Kleine Zaal at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her sparkling artistry has been equally enthusiastically received in the rest of Europe, America, and Asia.

Yoshiko Furukawa

Born in Japan, Yoshiko Furukawa started playing the piano at the age of 4 and made her orchestral debut with the Krakow Chamber Philharmonic at the Warsaw Philharmonic at the age of 13.

After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts, where she studied with Prof. Susumu Aoyagi und Mami Miyake, she continued her Master studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen/Germany with Prof. Arnulf von Arnim. She graduated at the Münster University of Music in final destination "Konzertexamen" with Prof. Michael Keller.

Furukawa won many prizes in competitions, including the 4th prize at the 13th Schubert International Piano Competition, the 1st prize at the 6th Troisdorf International Piano Competition, the 1st prize at the 3rd International Piano Competition Andrea Baldi and the 1st prize at the 21th Gianluca Campochiaro International Competition.

As a soloist, Furukawa has appeared with many orchestras starting with the Tallinn Sinfonietta and the NHK DanYu Orchestra, under the baton of Kazuki Yamada, Fabrizio Ventura, Stanislaw Galonski, Sergej Bolkhovets and Ian Fountain. She has given concerts in Japan, Germany, Italia, Austria, England and Poland. 

Furukawa is enthusiastic about sharing her experience with and nurturing the talent of the younger generation. She was a lecturer at the Dortmund Music school in Germany.

Yoshito Numasawa

Born in Japan, he studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Elissò Virsaladze: admitted to her class in 2009, in 2015 he obtained Postgraduate course under her guidance. 

Before that, he had studied piano at the Toho Gakuen Music High School in Tokyo receiving his Artist Diploma with the highest degree in the classes of Yasushi Hirose.

Additionally he followed lessons with Ayako Sugiyasu,Masako Tsujii, Tatsuo Sato,Vladimir Takenouchi, Minoru Nojima and Mikhail Kandinsky. 

Praised by Martha Argerich as a "wonderful and brilliant pianist with a very special sensibility and devotion to music by which I was very touched " and by Pavel Nersessian as a "Individual and creative artist capable to give an universal approach to the music", he was awarded 3rd prize at the 5th International Tchaikovsky Competition for the Young Musician in Moscow, 3rd prize at Monopoli International Competition in Italy 2009, in Germany 1st prize at Alfred Schnittke International piano Competition 2013 and 3rd prize at the Cologne International Music Competition 2014. in 2015 he appeared to the international audience thank to the victory of the 1 Prize at the Ettore Pozzoli International piano competition in Seregno and the Martha Argerich and Pavel Nersessian prizes at the Hamamatsu piano competition in 2016. 

His concert activity includes halls and orchestras from Russia, Europe and Japan such as the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of Moscow, the WDR Funkhaus Orchestra Cologne, the Russian Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the National State TV and Radio of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk, the International Spring Festival of Vyatka in Kirov, Sequienza Piano Festival in Spain, Musical Society Villa Tesoriera in Torino and Fazioli concert hall in Sacile, Italy. In Japan at the Kioi hall, Oji hall, Tsuda hall in Tokyo, Phoenix hall in Osaka and invited by Martha Argerich, at her music festival in Beppu. His performance were broadcasted by NHK FM and in 2010 he recorded CD in Japan published by Florestan. This recording was praised and awarded by the Japanese Music Journal. He got the honorable scholarship from the Rohm Music Foundation in 2012. He accompanies his performing carrier teaching at the Toho Gakuen Music University in Tokyo.


A detailed feedback from the jury will be sent via Email after the competition.


Scorning criteria

Excellent 98-93 points, 

Good 92-87 points, Satisfactory 86- 81,

Adequate 80- 75 points, 

Inadequate 74- 69 points, Unsatisfactory 68- 63 points

Grand Prix  98- 96 points, Semi- Grand Prix 95- 93 points,

Prize or High score winners 92- 85 points,


Prize money

Grand Prix: 200,000 yen, Semi-Grand Prix: 100,000 yen, 

Top Prize Winners: 200,000 Yen, Total prize money: 500,000 yen.



International applicants will receive an electronic certificate.   

Once issued, award certificates may not be reissued.


Extra prize

The Grand Prix or Semi Grand Prix will be invited to a solo recital or

joint recital at famous Recital Hall in Japan.(Grand Prix with airfare and accommodation)  (Semi Grand Prix with accommodation )

Top prizewinners will be invited to a concert at the official residence of the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan. Scheduled in Dezember 2023

Invitation to an overseas masterclass or online masterclass


Participation Fee:80 EUR ~115 EUR  By PayPal

A. €80.00   B. or C. €90.00   D. or E. €100.00   F. or G. €115.00

Participation Fee


How to apply 

  • In general, we only accept online applications via the "formrun system”
  • Please make sure that you can receive emails from “formrun system” and “ ”(Please be sure to check your email to ensure that it is not received in your spam mail.)
  • Proof of age verification (student ID, driver's license, passport, etc.) and a copy of the application form must be attached.
  • The application of minor musicians must be filled and submitted by their parents or legal guardianship.
  • Age limit for each category refers to the applicant's age at the time of application deadline.
  • Videos should basically be recorded after January 2022.
  • Perform on an upright piano, grand piano, or electronic piano.
  • The performance must be recorded in a music studio, salon, large/small hall, practice room, at home, etc.
  • All the pieces must be performed from memory.
  • The whole silhouette as well as hands of the contestants must be clearly visible.
  • In principle, video footage added to audio recordings only is not permitted. (Do not record separately.)
  • The state of the recording will also be taken into consideration in the screening process.
  • The performance video should be sent as a YouTube link. (please make sure to change the privacy setting to “unlisted”).  (For Bilibili, only public settings)
  • Keep to the designated performance time for each category.
  • The video should be recorded at an adjustable volume.
  • Applicants who wish to perform copyrighted works must individually apply for and obtain performance rights in advance.(Since copyright laws differ from country to country, if you perform a copyrighted work, you must apply in advance and pay for it yourself.) 
  • It is allowed to submit one video or as separate ones for each piece.
  • It is not allowed to reupload or make changes to the videos after submitting the application.
  • It is not allowed to delete videos without instructions after the application has been submitted.
  • The order of application does not affect the  results.
  • Please prepare your application and recordings well in advance.
  • If an error occurs during the web application process, please send the application form by email.
  • Incomplete entries may result in point reductions.
  • Be sure to check for updates on the competition website.



 Terms of Participation

  • The copyright of all content regarding the competition published on the internet, newspapers, magazines and other media belongs to “Basel International Online Piano Competition 2023”.
  • Applications will only be accepted via online application form (formrun system). 
  • The results must be confirmed individually by the contestants on our website.
  • A detailed feedback from the jury will be sent via email approximately one months after the end of the competition.
  • If there are more entry applications than expected, the number of Feedback will be different. (May 26th,2023 updated)
  • The Executive committee reserves the right, at its discretion, not to award the prize, to change the rules, or to reduce or split the prize money among multiple entrants. The prize money will be transferred by wire transfer within two months after the competition.
  • In case of overseas transfer, prize money will be awarded in total of the written amount including transaction fees. 
  • The performance videos of the prize winners will be open to the public. (Privacy settings of the videos uploaded on YouTube must be changed from “unlisted” to “public”.)
  • If the performance video is deleted without instruction during the competition period, the contestant will be disqualified from the competition.
  • If the video is deleted without instruction after the prize money has been awarded, the prize money will be returned and the prize will be forfeited.
  • In the event that a contestant is found to have misrepresented his or her age or educational background, the contestant will be disqualified from the competition and the prize will be forfeited.
  • In case of force major (natural disaster, war, civil war, etc.), the competition may be canceled.
  • The application period may be postponed depending on the situation with COVID-19.
  • The Executive Committee has a right to change the terms and conditions if world conditions require such a change.
  • Personal information of all contestants will be strictly managed by the Executive Committee.
  • After the application is submitted, no refunds will be accepted for any reason.
  • No objections to the scoring method, prize money, or other inquiries will be accepted.


Secretariat of Basel International Online Piano Competition 2023


Basel International Online Music Competition

General Incorporated Association Supraleitung Methode Japan

Supported by: Embassy of Switzerland in Japan


 Entry until August 5th, 2023
 Entry until August 5th, 2023 
 Entry until October 31st, 2023
Entry until Ocober 31st,2023
 Entry until November 5th,2023