The Santander International Piano Competition presents the 6 finalists of its 20th edition

Wednesday, August 3, 2022. "Piano jewels" in the Final concerts at the XX Santander International Piano Competition


 At a press conference held this morning in the Sala María Blanchard of the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria (Spain), the Founding President of the Santander International Piano Competition, Paloma O'Shea, presented the 6 pianists who have passed to the Final of the 20th Santander International Piano Competition and who will play in the two concerts that make it up, today Wednesday the 3rd and tomorrow Thursday the 4th of August. Both the Final and the Closing Gala and Awards Ceremony (Friday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m.) will take place in the Sala Argenta of the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria.

“We have six great pianists at the table who, no matter what happens today and tomorrow, have already achieved something very important: being finalists of the Santander Competition. I also thank you for the great musical moments that these days have given us and that are still going to give us”, began Paloma O’Shea.

The Final can be enjoyed live on La 2 of Spanish Television, Radio Clásica of Radio Nacional de España, RTVE Play and the Competition's YouTube Channel. The Awards Ceremony on August 5 will be broadcast at 8:00 p.m. on La 2 of Televisión Española, and live, at 6:00 p.m. on RTVE Play and the Competition's YouTube Channel.

“Two exciting musical evenings await us, which take place within the Santander International Festival (Festival Internacional de Santander, FIS), which is a real privilege for us. And even more so now, when the FIS has been able to position itself among the most prestigious festivals in Europe. My thanks and congratulations to her director, Valentina Granados”, highlighted the president.

The event was attended by the principal conductor of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Pablo González, and the 6 selected young pianists: Yu Nitahara (Japan), Marcel Tadokoro (France/Japan), Matyáš Novák (Czech Republic), Xiaolu Zang (China), Domokos Csabay (Hungary), and Jaeden Izik-Dzurko (Canada).

“I invite everyone to come to the Sala Argenta today and tomorrow to enjoy true piano jewels, such as the first Brahms concerto, which will be played twice, the third by Prokofiev, the first by Tchaikovsky, the third by Rachmaninoff and the third of Bartók. You already know that, at the time of registration, the pianists freely choose the concert they want to play if they reach the final”.

After Paloma O'Shea's invitation to attend the Final, she didn’t want to miss the opportunity to greet the conductor, whom she highlighted that “he’s a great musician with whom this year's pianists have the privilege of working together with the orchestra of RTVE, I love the work you do with young musicians.”

For his part, the Maestro Pablo González wanted to highlight the high level of the finalists and the importance of a Competition of this magnitude, assuring that "I’m impressed with the level we have in this edition of the Competition, and I'm excited that the concerts are coming. In these 50 years, everything you have done, Paloma, and what this Competition has done for the world of music and piano is impossible to assess and calculate. Your contribution is enormous."

Regarding the concerts of the Final together with the Sinfónica RadioTelevision orchestra, Pablo assured that “The orchestra is delighted, the musicians are with maximum concentration and greatly enjoying being able to support these young talents who impress us with their maturity, despite their young age. I see a very promising future for these pianists. They have a lot of talent and, also, a long way to go and to grow. These years to come will be crucial for their development as artists.”

The six young pianists have been very enthusiastic and have declared that it is a real privilege to participate in this prestigious competition. All of them have expressed their excitement at today's and tomorrow's concerts, and, without exception, have emphasized that "you have to enjoy yourself on stage".

They have all agreed that they are "focused on music" and that "thinking about prizes would be incompatible with the level of concentration that music demands in a contest like this", so it’s essential to "separate those kinds of thoughts from the mind to focus solely on the piano and the music.”

The Santander International Piano Competition, which marks the 20th edition this year, was created in 1972 and is considered one of the most prestigious in the world in its speciality.

The Final, which will take place today, August 3 and tomorrow, August 4, will allow the six finalists to be heard in concerts for piano and orchestra. It is sponsored by the Fundación Botín (August 3) and the Fundación Banco Santander (August 4). The performances are part of the 71 Santander International Festival,

Finally, on August 5 at 6:00 p.m., the Closing Gala and Awards Ceremony will be held in the Salara Argenta of the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, at which time the decision of the Jury of great international figures, chaired by one of the leading pianists on the international scene, maestro Joaquín Achúcarro. And with him, the vice-presidents Claudio Martínez Mehner and Rena Shereshevskaya, and the members Péter Csaba, Barry Douglas, Akiko Ebi, Ana Guijarro, Márta Gulyás and Hüseyin Sermet.

The Santander Competition contains important cash prizes -nearly 90,000 Euros, to be distributed between the First, Second and Third Prize, the Great Prize of Santander, the Audience Award, Laureates Prizes and Diplomas. It also offers the winner and finalists a number of performances in prestigious halls around the world. Given their number and relevance, these performances go beyond being a springboard for their careers, they constitute a first solid stage of their professional career. In addition to these prizes, there is also the “Special Prize to the Best Chamber Music Performer” that will be granted a performance together with Cuarteto Casals, and a CD recording under the Naxos label for the First Prize winner.

Bergé will sponsor the Second Prize for the second time, and Canon España the Audience Award, which was granted for the first time in 1998 and is given based on the voting of the public in the Palacio de Festivales’ Sala Argenta. The audience will be able to decide on the winner after each of the concerts that constitute the Final of the Competition, on 3 and 4 August. The voting will take place in the hall.

The Santander Piano Competition enjoys the collaboration of several public and private institutions: Ministry of Culture and Sports (INAEM); Cantabria Regional Government; Santander City Council; Fundación Albéniz; Fundación Banco Santander; Fundación Botín; Fundación EDP; Editorial Cantabria; El Diario Montañés; Santander International Festival; Universidad de Cantabria;  Cámara de  Comercio de Cantabria; RTVE; Bergé; Grupo Planeta; Canon España; Naxos; Bannatyne Joyeros; Café Dromedario; Grupo Empresarial SADISA; Hoteles Santos; Hotel Real; Grupo Tirso; Veolia; Volvo; Yamaha; Hinves Pianos; Steinway & Sons; Colegio de España in Paris; Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria; Sociedad Regional Educación, Cultura y Deporte S.L.; Agua de Solares and Selective Motor, as well as those private sponsors that prefer to remain anonymous.



Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander


7.00-10.00 p.m. - FINAL

6 participants

Symphonic Concerts

RTVE Symphony Orchestra

Pablo González, Conductor.

Included in the programme of the 71st Santander International Festival

Broadcast live by TVE’s La 2, Radio Clásica of RNE, RTVE Play and the Competition’s YouTube Channel

Concerts sponsored by Fundación Botín (3rd) and Fundación Banco Santander (4th)

Sala Argenta




Broadcast live by RTVE Play and the Competitio’s YouTube Channel

Broadcast on a deferred basis at 8 p.m. by TVE’s La 2

In collaboration with Bergé, Canon and Grupo Planeta

Sala Argenta


Further information:


Secretary General of the Competition
+34 942 31 14 51 |


Press Department

Ana Ferri | Isabel García | Ana Espada

+34 942 765 083 - +34 635 11 66 65 - +34 91 523 04 19 | | Facebook (@ConcursodePianodeSantander) |

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