When we established the Theo and Petra LIEVEN International Piano Foundation in 1993, our intent was to provide an alternative to the many piano competitions that are — according to Béla Bartók — “for horses, not for artists.” Our aim was to pass the art of piano playing down from generation to generation. Our teachers (Karl-UIrich Schnabel, Rosalyn Tureck (it was spelled wrong), Alicia de Larrocha, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Charles Rosen, Murray Perahia, and many others) helped us.

Today, we are proud that our early scholars are now our teachers. Who could teach Schnabel’s pedal technique better than those who learned it from Schnabel themselves?

In 2019, we introduced a new teaching concept: the 23–Two Cubed Piano Masterclasses. Two teachers instruct two students in two piano pieces each.

Today the foundation is located in the center of Vienna. Under the direction of its artistic director Alon Goldstein, the foundation invites eight highly distinguished young pianists to spend eight weeks in the city of Vienna each summer, to receive free lessons as well as performing opportunities throughout the city.
The current teachers include Ferenc Rados, Eliso Virsaladze, Andreas Staier, Alfred Brendel, and Arie Vardi among others, in addition to alumni such as Konstantin Lifshitz, Ingrid Fliter, Davide Cabassi, and Alon Goldstein.

The foundation is celebrating 30 years of excellence. Its young artists went on to win major piano competitions including the Cliburn, the Chopin, Geza Anda, and many others. They perform all around the world in major concert halls.


The aim of this format is both to teach piano scholars through different interpretations and views and to inspire the resulting insights of the audience in the variety of musical scopes for design that are neither right nor wrong and neither good nor bad but express the respective artistic intentions of the pianists.

These aims are achieved through the participation of two piano teachers, who teach two scholars to play the same two pieces of music. The resulting 2 × 2 × 2 = 8 combinations are divided across a two-day program.


Two Cubed – 23 – how it works

The two teachers appoint one, “their” scholarship holder and a piano piece. Both teachers then teach both students in the two same pieces of music. This 2 x 2 x 2 format will be spread over two days of 4 lessons each.

This is illustrated by the masterclasses of Paul Badura-Skoda and Menahem Pressler:

Past Events

13th July to 24th February 2023
in the OEJAB-House 1010 Vienna, Johannesgasse 8
5th July to 28th August 2021
in the OEJAB-House 1010 Vienna, Johannesgasse 8
5th July to 28th August 2021
in the OEJAB-House 1010 Vienna, Johannesgasse 8
4th July to 30th August 2020
in the OJAB-Haus Wien, Johannesgasse 8
26th-28th June 2020
Professors: Alexei Volodin and Konstantin Lifschitz
Students: Mikhail Krasnenker and Marina Vasilyeva
Piano Pieces: Sergei Rachmaninow Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 c-moll, op. 18
Aleksandr Scriabin Klaviersonate Nr. 5 Fis-Dur, op. 53
08th/09th February 2020
Professors: Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez Mehner
Students: Dominic Chamot and Marina Yakhlakova
Piano Pieces: Johannes Brahms, Sonata No. 1 in C major, op. 1

Franz Liszt, Réminiscences de Norma de Bellini – Grande fantaisie, S.394

31st January to 2nd February 2020
Professors: Davide Cabassi and Alon Goldstein
Students: Alexander Gadjiev and Zheyu (Crystal) Jiang, Klavier
Piano Pieces: Ludwig van Beethoven: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 5 Es-Dur, op. 73

Johannes Brahms: Drei Intermezzi für Klavier, op. 117

20th-22nd December 2019
Professors: Menahem Pressler and Stephen Kovacevich
Students: Julian Trevelyan and Nour Ayadi
Piano Pieces: Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy
2nd/3rd November 2019
Professors: Gabriele Baldocci and Jura Margulis
Students: Giulio Potenza and Raúl Canosa
Piano Pieces: Robert Schumann: Carnaval. Scènes mignonnes composées pour le Pianoforte sur quatre notes, op. 9

Franz Liszt: piano sonata b-minor

31st May to 2nd June 2019
Professors: Paul Badura-Skoda and Jean-Marc Luisada
Students: José Navarro Silberstein and Julain Trevelyan
Piano Pieces: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto C minor, KV 491
Robert Schumann: Humoreske for piano B flat major, Op. 20
4th/5th May 2019
Professors: Alon Goldstein and Davide Cabassi
Students: Didel Bish and Luca Buratto
Piano Pieces: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for piano F minor, op. 57, „Sonata appassionata“
Robert Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien. Fantasiebilder für Klavier, op. 26


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