X Piano Bridges International Сompetition
for Amateur Pianists
named after Natalia Dobrovolskaya

St. Petersburg


The 10th Piano Bridges Competition for Amateur Pianists named after Natalia Dobrovolskaya will be held from the 1st until the 22nd of November 2020. Please visit our website section ONLINE COMPETITION 2020 for full details on terms of participation.

From 1 April till 30 November 2020, the Piano Bridges Competition is held with the support of Presidential Grants Foundation. The grant is realized by Tradition Foundation for Support of Cultural Initiatives.

In 2020, the Piano Bridges International Competition for Amateur Pianists named after Natalia Dobrovolskaya is partnering with the PianoLink International Amateurs Competition (Italy). The winners of both competitions will perform at the winners’ festival concerts in St. Petersburg and Milan.


Dear friends!

We have some discouraging as well as some inspiring news. As you have probably understood by now, because of the ongoing cataclysm we will not be able to hold the 10th Piano Bridges Competition in July. Moreover, we cannot be sure that international transport and tourism will resume their work in full before the end of the year. For now, we have to accept that and focus all our attention on staying healthy.

So much for the sad news!

We have made a decision to hold the competition this year, but…

The category division will remain. There will be only one round.

We hope to have an expanded panel of judges (in such a format, it will be easier to coordinate the renowned musicians’ busy schedules). We will keep the monetary prizes, a performance with an orchestra as the main prize, and the audience award. It is not easy but we are confident we can do it with your help (you can always support the competition at

Above all else, we will continue being a unique platform for the creative realization of dozens of pianists from all over the world. Thanks to the online format, we expect an even larger number of participants. All details will be published in the nearest future. We really hope that with our confidence and persistence and your inspiration and commitment we can support a lot of people all over the globe – both amateur pianists and our loyal audience. We strongly believe that music is the bread of life and we would like to share it with you all.

Peace. Music. Bridges.

To all and for all.


Address of the Organizing Committee:

It is only 5 months until the 10th Piano Bridges Competition. Because of a lack of steady sponsorship, every year we have to seek funds to pay for the concert halls (to hold the auditions and recitals).

Now you have a great opportunity to support the competition and receive a nice gift in return!

Follow this link to go to the crowdfunding platform to support us:


Dear friends and lovers of music and art of piano playing

The Piano Bridges team extend their warmest wishes to all of you for a happy new year! May it bring you a lot of good and new creative accomplishments!

This past year was not an easy one – nine months ago Natalia left us… But thanks to you the 9th edition of the competition was held in her memory. And the 10th edition, which she dreamed of so much, will take place too.

In 2020, we hope for more wonderful music and new performers in keeping with the best concert traditions of the project.

We wish all participants strength and inspiration for their new programmes, creative will and new concert stages!

Happy New Year!


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!