IX Piano Bridges International Сompetition for Amateur Pianists
St. Petersburg, Russia, June 30 — July 6, 2019


Competition news


Piano Solo, 2nd category:

I – Ken Iisaka (USA)
I – Artyom Golikov (Russia)
II – Monica Traicu-Perianu (Romania)
III – Tatsuya Kegai (Japan)
IV – Roman Cybulski (USA)

Piano Solo, 1st category:

I – Aram Avetian (Armenia)
II – Jeanne Backofen Craig (USA)
III – Michael Slavin (USA)
IV – Igor Roshchupkin (Russia)
IV – Ian Roy (UK)
V – Sean Sutherland (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)

Piano Ensemble:

I – Ken Iisaka & Yvonne Liu (USA)
I – Artyom Golikov & Stanislav Skutin (Russia)
II – Anastasia Berkos & Nadezhda Pugacheva (Russia)
III – Margarita Bakinovskaya & Violetta Kataeva (Belarus)
Diploma – Maria Bondarenko & Maria Shumanskaya (Belarus)

Natalia Dobrovolskaya Prize (audience award) – Aram Avetian (Armenia)

Contestants of the second round

1 category

1. Avetian, Aram, Saint-Petersburg, Russia / Yerevan, Armenia
2. Backofen Craig, Jeanne, Forest, Virginia, USA
3. Chekodanov, Sergei, Vyritsa, Leningrad oblast, Russia
4. Roschupkin Igor, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
5. Roy, Ian, Nuneaton, UK
6. Slavin, Michael, Manhasset, New York, USA
7. Simakova, Uliana, Puschino, Russia
8. Sutherland, Sean, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
9. Sylvain, Levy, Limoges, France

2 category

1. Bakinovskaya, Margarita, Minsk, Belarus
2. Cybulsky, Roman, Palm Coast, Florida, USA
3. Golikov, Artyom, Moscow, Russia
4. Iisaka, Ken, Foster City, California, USA
5. Kegai, Tatsuya, Tokyo, Japan
6. Rostovtseva Alexandra, Moscow, Russia
7. Traicu-Perianu, Monica, Timisoara, Romania
8. Tsuchihashi Yuto, Sapporo, Japan


Dear contestants, if you want to take part in the masterclasses on 5 July, please approach the Organizing Committee

Address of the Organizing Committee

Dear friends,

After the sudden passing of our beloved Natalia, we, her friends, decided to keep the Piano Bridges Competition going – for as long as we can. However, today we see that we are unable to do it without you. It’s time to say that for Natalia it was the work of her life, and even more than her life itself. She invested in it all her time and health, working day and night – 8 years of non-stop efforts. But also, she spent on it not only her time but also – now we have to disclose it – all her income and savings. She did it for the sake of her fellow amateur pianists and for the good and future of amateur music making. The Competition had only one minor sponsor, and the entry fees covered only an insufficient part of the budget. Natalia always said that it would never stop her, and worked hard as a nurse all the year round to earn money for the Piano Bridges. She passed away leaving debts behind.

We wrote about that at length in order to give you some idea about the current state of affairs. We have to confess that our own funds are definitely insufficient to keep this project alive. We decided to partly sacrifice our professional and family lives to save the Piano Bridges Competition, but we cannot sustain it financially. Therefore, if this competition (as well as its concert series) meant much to you, if it has changed your lives at least a little, if you think this event must go on to commemorate Natalia’s dedication and to unite amateur pianists from all over the world, to give them hope and chance for self-realization – we ask you to support the Piano Bridges as much as you can. It’s not only us who will acknowledge your donation but also dozens of amateur pianists from around the globe – and also the eternal soul of Natalia.

You can send your donations via PayPal (the link is found on the Competition website homepage Bank transfers are also possible. The information may be sent to you directly upon request. All the financial reports will be published.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee and Natalia’s family,

Nadezhda Chestnova and Ekaterina Koroteeva

For any questions, please call: +7-950-046-22-72, or email:


Dear friends,

We welcome you to the Piano Bridges International Competition website!

Piano playing is an integral part of music culture, and, like any other form of art, it is a source of self-realization, spiritual development, and forming of taste. Piano music has always had its admirers around the world and amateur piano playing exists on equal terms with other forms of musical art. And all of us who play the piano just for the love of music keep this remarkable tradition – even staying outside the professional music society.

The Piano Bridges Competition was founded in July 2011 in keeping with the best traditions of amateur piano playing in Europe and around the world. Over the eight years of its existence, it has welcomed participants from 35 countries.

The competition aims to draw attention to amateur piano performances, maintain interest in performing among piano amateurs and promote their further creative development.

The Piano Bridges International Competition is one of the few in the world that provides its contestants with a unique opportunity to perform not only a solo repertoire but also in a piano ensemble – one piano (4, 6 etc. hands) or two pianos.

The other significant feature is the monthly concerts with the participation of the finalist and winners of the competition that are held throughout the year at different venues in St. Petersburg and other cities (Pavlovsk, Veliky Novgorod, Vyritsa, Gatchina, Vyborg, Moscow).

The educational part of the competition includes free  masterclasses held by the jury members.
Starting from 2016 the contestants will be able to receive feedback from the jury members at a specially organized meeting after the the first round.

It is an outstanding and important event for every musician to perform in St. Petersburg. The city on the banks of the Neva river is especially attractive in July when the White Nights can be observed. We really hope that taking part in the Piano Bridges Competition will be a great opportunity for you to gain experience, become well-known to our audience and be inspired for your future work.

We look forward to seeing you at the Piano Bridges Competition!

Good luck!