The past winners are great indicators of why this competition is special, they are all extremely unique artists with different personalities, and it would be an honor to join them.
Korkmaz Can Sağlam began his musical education with Gamze Kirtil at the Bilkent University, Music and Ballet Primary School at the age of seven. After studying with Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music, he received his Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School.
Korkmaz Can has played in masterclasses of artists including Jacques Rouvier, Pavel Gililov, Boris Berman, Ilya Itin, Michel Béroff, JeanFrançois Heisser and Emanuel Ax. He has performed in Paris, Nice, Brussels, Cleveland, Verona and Istanbul, in concert halls including the Gilder Lehrman Hall of New York’s Morgan Library & Museum and the Wiener Saal in Salzburg. He has appeared in festivals such as the Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival, Antalya Piano Festival, Bellapais Music Festival and Cayman Arts Festival.
Korkmaz Can is currently pursuing graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the direction of Sergei Babayan. His first studio album, featuring works by Scriabin, Handel, Schubert and Rachmaninoff will be released by the Sono Luminus label in 2023.
2023 Competition Performances
2023 Competition Repertoire
Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital
No.6 Presto con bravura
Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital
No.5 El Amor y la Muerte: Balada
No.2 Auf dem Wasser zu singen
No.5 Two fifths
Movement 3: Fury
Semi Final Round
Semi Finals Round 1: 70-Minute Recital
II. Allegro (Fugue)
V. Air & 5 variations
No.3 Une barque sur l’océan
I. Allegro moderato
III. Allegro molto
Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music
II. Blues. Moderato
III. Perpetuum mobile. Allegro
Final Round 1: Concerto 1800 and Earlier
I. Allegro maestoso
Final Round 2: Post 1800 Concerto
II. Scherzo. Vivace
III. Intermezzo. Allegro moderato
IV. Finale. Allegro tempestoso