Scholarship program
The Festival “Rarities of Piano Music” has been offering a scholarship program since 2018. The aim is to interest young piano students from various music schools in the special piano literature that is presented at the festival. Students are invited to visit the festival. In the following year they have the opportunity to perform in a special concert during the festival. In 2019, the scholarship program was supported by NORDMETALL Foundation.



Dominik Stadler, born in Bruchsal, has been taught by Prof. Christoph Sischka since he was eight years old: before completing his bachelor’s degree at the Freiburg University of Music as a pre-student at the Freiburg Academy for gifted students. The young pianist has won several awards at international competitions, including Vienna, Enschede, Padua, Cortemilia and the Schubert competition for piano duos in the Czech Republic.
In 2014, after winning the 1st prize at III. International music competition in Stockholm,  1st prize at VI. International Savshinsky Music Competition in St. Petersburg (Russia) followed. Dominik Stadler successfully completed the master’s degree (piano, soloist) and concert exam at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in the piano class of Prof. Alfredo Perl. In addition to his concert appearances, Dominik Stadler has been teaching piano at the municipal music school in Ulm since January 2018.

Kevin Konstantin Mantu was born in Bad Pyrmont in 1997. He started playing the piano at the age of 13 and was admitted two years later to Prof. Bernd Goetzke’s class at the Institute for the Early Promotion of the Highly Gifted at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover. In 2016 he continued his studies (piano and composition) as a full student at the HMTMH, since 2017 he has been studying in the class of Prof. Alexander Schimpf. In 2015 Kevin Mantu was 2nd prizewinner of the “Young Pianist of the North” competition in England in 2015 and received the Klaus-Ernst Behne Prize for double musical talent. He has already given numerous piano recitals in Germany and England, including at the William Shield International Music Festival in Newcastle. He has received multiple scholarships from various foundations. Kevin Mantu is also a composer and has performed several of his own works in public.

Esperanza Martín López (Málaga, 1993) started her musical education at the age of 6. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 2014 with Prof. Miguel Angel Ortega Chavaldas at the Aragon University of Music. The completion of the master’s degree followed in 2017 at the University of Music and Theater in Munich with Prof. Michael Schäfer. She is currently studying master class with Prof. Schäfer. She studied chamber music with Prof. Kennedy Moretti, Quiroga Quartet and Prof. Dirk Mommertz. In addition to concerts and tours throughout Spain, she also gave concerts as a soloist with orchestra in the Mozart Hall Saragossa Auditorium and in the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba. In 2016 she was invited to the “Piano Festival in the Hamptons” festival to give further concerts in the USA. She has won many national and international competitions, including the “Concurso Permanente de JJMM”, “Concurso de San Sebastián”, “Cristina ”. She has been very active as a pianist for contemporary music since she started her master’s degree in “New Music”.

Petar Kostov studies piano at the Lübeck University of Music in the class of Prof. Konrad Elser. He was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in 1994. He received his first piano lessons at the age of 6, in 2001 he was admitted to the National School for Music and Dance “Dobrin Petkov”, Plovdiv, where he graduated with honors in 2013. During this time he was a student of Vessela Taneva and Ludmil Angelov. 2013 he went to Vienna and studied with Roland Batik, Jura Margulis and Klaus Sticken.
Petar Kostov is a multiple award winner of national and international piano and chamber music competitions, such as 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Festival “Allegro Vivo” 2016 as well as at the Austria-China Youth Competition 2017 and 3rd prize at the 4th International Song Competition Duo Voice-Piano dedicated to Richard Strauss 2015.
In 2016 he played the piano concert by Geirr Tveitt “Aurora Borealis” and the piano concert by Igor Stravinsky with the Yale Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Radiokulturhaus.

Michael Cohen-Weissert, born in Jerusalem in 1993, began his musical education at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. There he received piano lessons, first with Natasha Kossov and later with Dr. Zecharia Plavin. In 2008 he moved to Berlin, where he continued his education at the Julius Stern Institute and later at the Berlin University of the Arts. His piano teachers were Prof. Elena Lapitskaja and Prof. Jacques Rouvier. Michael Cohen-Weissert is currently studying Master in the piano class of Prof. Stefan Arnold at the HfM Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Michael Cohen-Weissert has won various competition awards in Germany and Israel, including first prize at the “Israel National Broadcasting Authority Competition”. The young pianist has already played with the most important orchestras in Israel. e.g. with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Russia, Israel and the USA and has played at famous festivals such as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern- Festival, the Harmos Festival, and the Next Generation Festival in Bad Ragaz.

Mark Kantorovic, born in Kaunas, Lithuania, studied from 2005 to 2012 as a young student with Prof. Arbo Valdma at the Cologne University of Music and Dance.
He has been studying at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen since 2012 and receives piano lessons in the class of Prof. Till Engel and Kai Schumacher.
He has already received numerous awards, including the 1st prize at the international piano competition “Nikolaȉ Rubinstein” in Paris and with the “Grand Prix” at the international piano competition “Musica della Val Tidone” in Pianello, Italy.
In 2016 Mark Kantorovic was invited to China for three piano recitals. Appearances have taken him to the Cologne Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Philharmonie Essen, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, the Ernest Ansermet Saal Geneva and the Guangzhou Opera House China.

Friday, 13.08.2021
7.30 pm: Piano recital

Special concert:
Scholarship holders 2019

Festival programme

Dominik Stadler
(Hochschule für Musik Detmold)
Antonio Soler
Sonate d-Moll R 15, Allegretto
Sonate D-Dur R 84, Allegro
Karol Szymanowski
aus: Neun Préludes op.1
Nr.1 Andante ma non troppo
Nr.2 Andante con moto
Nr.4 Andantino con moto
Nr.5 Allegro molto- impetuoso
Nr.5 Lento- Mesto
Kevin Konstantin Mantu
(Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover)
Frédéric Chopin
Mazurka C-Dur op.24 Nr.2
Edvard Grieg
aus: Lyrische Stücke op.43
Nr.5 Erotik
Nikolaj Medtner
Sonate-Élegie op.11 Nr.2 (1906)
Esperanza Martin López
(Hochschule für Musik und Theater München)
Federico Mompou
Variationen über ein Thema von Chopin (1957)
Petar Kostov
(Musikhochschule Lübeck)
Luciano Berio
Sequenza IV (1966)
Michael Cohen-Weissert
(Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin)
Oliver Knussen
Prayer Bell Sketch op.29
Arnold Schönberg
Gavotte aus der Suite op.25
Max Reger
aus: Silhouetten op.53 (1900)
Nr.6 Langsam, schwermütig
Nr.7 Äußerst lebhaft und mit viel Humor
Toru Takemitsu/J. LennonGolden Slumbers
Mark Kantorovic
Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen
Maurice Ravel
Menuet sur le nom de Haydn(1909)
À la manière de...Emmanuel Chabrier (1913)
À la manière de... Alexandre Borodin (1913)
Bruce Stark (*1933)Variations on Ode to Joy