Top of the World International Piano Competition

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The Top of the World IPC is a biennial international piano competition in Tromsø, Norway. Its first edition took place from June 14–19, 2009 and was won by Mariangela Vacatello.

Tromsø Municipality in Troms, Norway

Tromsø is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Tromsø. Outside Norway, Tromso and Tromsö are alternative spellings of the name.

Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

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Mariangela Vacatello is an Italian Classical Professional Pianist from Naples.


1st edition - 2009


Volker Banfield is a German pianist.

David Dubal American musician

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Einar Steen-Nøkleberg is a Norwegian classical pianist and musical pedagogue.


1st Grand Prize Flag of Italy.svg Mariangela Vacatello
2nd Prize Flag of Japan.svg Mayumi Sakamoto
3rd Prize Flag of Ukraine.svg Serhiy Salov

Competition results, by rounds

University of Tromsø university

The University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway (Norwegian: Universitetet i Tromsø – Norges arktiske universitet; is the world's northernmost university. Located in the city of Tromsø, Norway, it was established in 1968, and opened in 1972. It is one of eight universities in Norway. The University of Tromsø is the largest research and educational institution in northern Norway. The University's location makes it a natural venue for the development of studies of the region's natural environment, culture, and society.

    • Flag of the United States.svg Charlie Albright
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    • ** Flag of Japan.svg Jun Ishimura
    • Flag of Israel.svg Yaron Kohlberg
    • Flag of Greece.svg Dimitris Kostopoulos
    • Flag of Norway.svg Kristian Lindberg
    • Flag of Poland.svg Piotr Machnik
    • Flag of Russia.svg Maria Masycheva
    • Flag of Russia.svg Mikhail Mordvinov
Yaron Kohlberg Israeli musician

Yaron Kohlberg is an Israeli pianist. He won prestigious international prizes and performs regularly on major stages worldwide. Beginning in 2018, Kohlberg is the President and CEO of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

    • Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Plano
    • Flag of Russia.svg Vassily Primakov
    • Flag of Lithuania.svg Evelina Puzaitė
    • Flag of Japan.svg Mayumi Sakamoto
    • Flag of Ukraine.svg Serhiy Salov
    • Flag of Denmark.svg Rikke Sandberg
    • Flag of Russia.svg Nikolai Saratovsky
    • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Song Yang
    • Flag of Russia.svg Vladimir Sverdlov
    • Flag of Italy.svg Mariangela Vacatello
    • Flag of Russia.svg Ilya Yakushev

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