Contestant 2: Robert Bily
Born in 1997 in Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic), Robert Bily began to study the piano at the age of 6. From 2003-2007 he had piano lessons with Margarita Gebhardt in Halle (Saale), Germany. The next 7 years he studied in Germany with Dirk Fischbeck at Latina August Herrman Francke Grammar School with Music Branch in Halle Saale, he also had regular piano lessons with Gerald at the University of Music and Theatre „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig from 2012-2014.
Currently he is a pupil of Jacques Ammon at the University in Leipzig.
As mentioned, Robert has won over 70 awards and prizes – many of which are international. At “Jugend Musiziert”-competition, he has won several 1. prizes on regional- and country-level piano solo and in various chamber music ensembles as well as 1. prizes at the final level in 2010 in duo with trumpet and the Bärenreiter special award, 2012 in duo with violin, 2013 in duo with trumpet and also in duo with flute and in 2014 1. prize and special award in piano solo.
It is safe to say that Bily is one of the favorites to win Top of the World 2015. He is a winner of many national and international competitions: the Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, the International Steinway piano Competition in Hamburg, National Bach Competition in Köthen, International Piano Competition “Young Pianists of the North ” in Newcastle, England; Lions-music prize Thüringen, international „Roman Llull Rotary Club“-piano competition in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, international piano competition with orchestra in Barlassina – Italy.
He won 1. prize at the national piano competition of the Jütting Foundation in Stendal, 2011. 2012 and 2013 he won the 1. Chopin Prize of the new Chopin society in Leipzig; 1. prize at the International Piano Competition ” Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte ” in 2012 in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic and a special award for the interpretation of the first movement of the Waldstein Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven, 1. prize at the International Piano Competition “Piano Talents” in Milan in 2013.
He won nine awards at the international Münchner Klavierpodium in 2013, his piano teacher Dirk Fischbeck also received the “Dialogue Prize” for an outstanding pedagogic achievement. In 2013 he won 1. prize at the 29th Karel Kunc – Duo Competition in Bad Durkheim in duo with flute. Bily also won 1. prizes at the International Young Pianists Competition in Troisdorf 2014 and at the prestigious International Competition for Young Pianists in Ettlingen 2014, where he also won the EMCY-award.
In 2014 he has been awarded the Carl-Heinz Illies-scholarship, a scholarship from the Saalesparkasse foundation as well as the “Elfrun-Gabriel”-scholarship. He received the Händel-Mozart scholarship in 2009 and 2011, which enabled him to participate in the Austrian Masterclasses, where he had masterclasses with Georg Steinschaden, Vladimir Genin and Elisabeth Eschwé.
In 2012 he took part in the international piano masterclass at the Musikakademie Rheinsberg with Prof. Gerald Fauth, Director of Mendelssohn-Akademie Leipzig. He was one of 10 winners of over 900 participants of the International Summer Academy 2014 in Mozarteum, Salzburg. He had a masterclass with Daejin Kim.
Overall, he has already performed in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Italy, England and Spain.
Here is a clip of Robert Bily performing Rachmaninov at the 2014 Troisdorf International Piano Competition.