Meet the 2018 competition jury!

We are pleased to introduce the jury of the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition 2018!

Jury 2018

Jan Jiracek von Arnin
Born into a family of musicians, pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim was described by BBC Music Magazine as one of the leading pianists of his generation. He won the first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg at age ten, and has since performed extensively throughout Europe. Read more

Leon McCawley
As one of Britain's foremost pianists Leon McCawley has forged a highly successful career since winning 1st Prize in the 1993 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and 2nd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, building on his earlier success as Winner of the Piano Section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1990. Read more

Noriko Ogawa
Noriko Ogawa has achieved considerable renown throughout the world since her success at the 1987 Leeds International Piano Competition. Noriko’s “ravishingly poetic playing” (Telegraph) sets her apart from her contemporaries and acclaim for her complete Debussy series with BIS Records, confirms her as a fine Debussy specialist. Read more

Christian Ihle Hadland
In the last decade Christian Ihle Hadland has established himself as a true craftsman of the piano, a musician whose delicate, refined playing and individual touch have led him to the most prestigious stages in the world. Christian came to international attention in 2011 when he began a two-year stint as a BBC New Generation Artist. Read more

Lilya Zilberstein
Lilya Zilberstein got her first taste of international success in 1987 when she won the Busoni Competition in Bolzano. Her victory was a sensation – it took five years until the first prize was even awarded again. By 1988, the Moscow-born pianist was able to perform at big tours abroad in the West. Read more

Ya-Fei Chuang
Acclaimed by critics in the United States and abroad for performances of stunning virtuosity, refinement and communicative power, pianist Ya-Fei Chuang has appeared at numerous international festivals. Read more

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (chairman)
A leading Norwegian pianist, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg has made continuous international appearances and more than 50 recordings. Steen-Nøkleberg’s recording of the Grieg Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra was chosen by the BBC Saturday Review as the best version of this much-recorded concerto. And his recently released monumental recording of all Grieg's piano music is receiving international acclaim. Read more