Uladzislau Khandohi

Uladzislau Khandohi

Belarus  |  Age 20

Uladzislau Khandohi was born in Minsk, Belarus, to a family of musicians—dulcimer players. When his parents noticed him picking out melodies on the piano at the age of 7, they took him to music school, where he progressed quickly; he won his first grand prix (at the Mendzelevskaya Open City Competition for young pianists in Mogilev) at age 10, and the first prize of the Sviridov Competition for Young Performers in St. Petersburg a year later.  

In 2013, he entered the Republican Music College of the Belarusian State Academy of Music, after which he became a laureate of many international competitions, including first-prize wins at Kazakhstan’s International Astana Piano Passion Competition; International Nutcracker Television Contest; and International Sviridov Competition. In 2016, he reached the finals of the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in Salt Lake City and recorded his first solo album.

Now 20, Uladzislau has performed in Belarus, Russia, Spain, Italy, and France. He has studied with Natalia Trull at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory since 2020. He most recently won the 2021 editions of the Ferrol International Piano Competition in Spain and the Sanremo International Piano Competition in Italy.


Preliminary Round

HOUGH Fanfare Toccata
SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, op. 13
SCRIABIN Mazurka in E Minor, op. 25, no. 3
PROKOFIEV Four Etudes, op. 2

Quarterfinal Round

BACH Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 6 in A Major, op. 82

Semifinal Round – Recital

RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit
RACHMANINOV Études-tableaux, op. 39, nos. 2, 3, 4
RACHMANINOV Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op. 42

Semifinal Round – Mozart concerto

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271

Final Round – Concerto I

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, op. 11

Final Round – Concerto II

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, op. 18



Uta Weyand

Uta Weyand – Germany

German-born pianist Uta Weyand comes from a musical family. The daughter of a choir conductor and an organist, she grew up with choral music and the organ repertoire. During childhood she expressed her extraordinary musical talent not only at the piano, but also excelled at the violin, voice, and music composition.

The Post and Courier (South Carolina) predicted her success, stating, “Weyand is a pianist of genius, who should have a long career.” And the Nuremberg News confirmed, “…especially admirable is her amazing ability to make the great Steinway sing and wrest many captivating colors from it.”

After her studies in Freiburg (Germany), Baltimore, and Madrid, with Elza Kolodin, Vitaly Margulis, Leon Fleisher, and Joaquín Soriano, Ms. Weyand has had great international success, giving numerous piano recitals and appearing with orchestras in most European countries, Russia, Brazil, Cuba, and the United States. She has performed with the Madrid Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Valencia Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, and National Orchestra of Brazil, and with such conductors as Jesús López Cobos, José Ramón Encinar, Enrique García Asensio, Manuel Galduf, Jac van Steen, Marc Tardue, and Gabriel Chmura.

After several scholarships granted by the German government, Ms. Weyand won first prize in the Steinway Piano Competition in Berlin and first prize in the José Iturbi International Piano Competition in Valencia in 1996, with two special prizes: one for the best interpretation of Spanish music and the other for Spanish contemporary music.

Since then she has greatly widened her repertoire, covering all musical eras from Baroque to contemporary music. Having lived in Spain for more than 10 years, Ms. Weyand is a passionate interpreter of the Spanish piano literature. She dedicates herself to unknown or neglected piano works, performing music by Montsalvatge, Guridi, Ohana, and Dupont, among many others. She worked closely together with such composers as Michael Braunfels and Xavier Montsalvatge.

Uta Weyand received worldwide acclaim for her recordings for Hänssler Classics with music by Schumann, Mozart, Debussy, Montsalvatge, and Granados, and the Complete Original Works for Piano by Manuel de Falla.

She combines her dynamic concert life with pedagogical activities, giving master classes and conferences in Germany, Spain, Brazil, Cuba, and China. In 2000, she became a professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Castellon, Spain. Since 2002, she has been teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid. She is regularly a member of international piano competition juries such as Gina Bachauer in Salt Lake City, Franz Liszt in Weimar, José Iturbi in Valencia, and Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, among others.

Utako Tanigawa

Utako Tanigawa, 61
Computer science advisor
Dawsonville, Georgia
United States/Japan

Utako Tanigawa, a native of Japan, started playing the piano at the age of 3, but she stopped after 10 years. Later, she came to the United States and earned degrees in mathematics, computer science, software engineering, management science and engineering, and a Ph.D. in information systems. Dr. Tanigawa, who competed at the Cliburn Amateur in 2011, has been engaged in executive positions at global corporations such as American Express and Walmart for more than two decades, and she is also passionate about leadership development. About five years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer; at the same time, her love of music returned and provided what she calls a “tangible lifeline.” Today, music continues to play a key healing role as her recovery continues.


Preliminary Round
HAYDN   Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52: I. Allegro

Quarterfinal Round
SCARLATTI   Sonata in D Minor, K. 1
MENDELSSOHN   Rondo Capriccioso in E Minor, op. 14
LISZT   Concert Etude No. 3 in D-flat Major (“Un Sospiro”) 

Semifinal Round
MOZART   Fantasy in C Minor, K. 475 
BEETHOVEN   32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80

Final Round
MOZART   Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: I. Allegro maestoso