Ryoma Takagi winner of Grieg Competition 2018

Ryoma Takagi (25) from Japan is the winner of the 1st Prize in the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition 2018.

Together with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner, Takagi performed the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov.

The 1st prize of the Grieg Competition is 30 000 euro. The 1st Prize also includes prestigious invitations to perform with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, among others, and the winner will appear as a festival artist at the Lofoten Piano Festival.

Ryoma Takagi will also come back to Bergen during next summer to give a number of public concerts as “Pianist of the Week” at Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen.

Takagi also won the audience prize.

2nd prize and 20 000 euro went to Matyáš Novák (20) from Czech Republic.

3rd prize and 10 000 euro went to Alexey Trushechkin (28) from Russia. Trushechkin also received the orchestra’s prize.