Adjudicator: 2014, 2017
Ramzi Yassa has won several international prizes, and appeared at the Barbican, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Kennedy Center, the Mann Auditorium, the Musikverein, the Palau, the Tivoli, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Palais des Beaux Arts. He has performed concertos with Leonard Slatkin, Horst Stein.
Born in Cairo, he studied piano with his mother, graduated from the Cairo Conservatoire, and then joined the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow under Professor Dorensky.
In 1977 he won the First Grand Prix in the Paloma O’Shea International Competition in Santander, and the Special Prize E.Casanueva.
His CD recordings include works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Chopin, and Beethoven.
He received the Franz Liszt Centenary Commemorative Medal.
Ramzi Yassa has served on the jury of international competitions in the United States and Europe and the Middle East. He has also participated as a performer and a speaker at Unesco events.
He is Pianoforte Professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique, “Alfred Cortot” in Paris, where he has lived since 1977.
Ramzi Yassa has been Artistic Director of the International Music Center in Manasterly Palace, Cairo for the past ten years.
In 2007 he was the first musician to be awarded the Egyptian State Merit Prize.