Korkmaz Can Sağlam
Supported by Club 32 donors Glynis Johns and Andrew Wells


18 October 1999

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.


First Prize and CD Recording Prize: The Vendome Prize for Piano (New York City, USA)

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

Preliminary Round Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Thursday 6 July 2023, 8.30pm
Preliminary Round Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Sunday 9 July 2023, 11.30am
Semi Final Round Semi Finals Round 1: 70-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Wednesday 12 July 2023, 3.00pm
Semi Final Round Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music
Verbrugghen Hall
Friday 14 July 2023, 2.00pm

2023 Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in C minor K.56

I. Andante
II. Presto

No.6 Presto con bravura

Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

No.5 El Amor y la Muerte: Balada

No.10 Liebesbotschaft

No.2 Auf dem Wasser zu singen

No.5 Two fifths

Movement 3: Fury

Semi Finals Round 1: 70-Minute Recital

I. Präludium
II. Allegro (Fugue)
III. Allemande
IV. Courante
V. Air & 5 variations
VI. Presto

No.3 Une barque sur l’océan

I. Allegro moderato
II. Lento
III. Allegro molto

Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music

I. Allegretto
II. Blues. Moderato
III. Perpetuum mobile. Allegro

George Gershwin/Jascha Heifetz: ‘It ain’t necessarily so’ from Porgy and Bess

Final Round 1: Concerto 1800 and Earlier

I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegretto

Final Round 2: Post 1800 Concerto

I. Andantino
II. Scherzo. Vivace
III. Intermezzo. Allegro moderato
IV. Finale. Allegro tempestoso