Simon Buerki

All prize winners
EMCY prize
Date of birth 2000/02/27

Simon Buerki was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland in 2000. He began piano lessons at the age of five at the Classic and Jazz Music School in Kiev with Rada Zagorskaya, where he studied parallel to his education in a state school in Switzerland. After some years of studies, his progress was accelerated by regular masterclasses with Boris Fedorov, a professor at the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev.

In 2011, Simon’s gifts were recognized at the Horowitz International Competition for Young Pianists, where he successfully achieved three laureate prizes in all three age categories. By the age of 12, he was invited to perform the 20th Mozart Concerto in D minor, with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra at the Tonhalle Zürich in Switzerland. In 2013, his career got a real kick-start as he became a laureate of the music competition for young pianists in Kiev under the patronage of Denis Matsuev and was invited to perform at the Annecy Classic Festival in France.

In 2015 Simon entered the Central Music School in Moscow where he studied in the class of Farida Nurizade. 2017 was a very successful year for Simon; he won several competitions in a row, including the first place at the International Competition for Young Pianists ‘A Step Towards Mastery’ in St.Petersburg (Russia) and the 5th International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar (Germany), where he also won the EMCY prize and the prize for the best improvisation. Apart from classical music, Simon plays improvisation and jazz.

In 2018 Simon began his studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Prof. Andrey Pisarev. He has been invited to perform in Switzerland, Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Italy and Austria.

Official website: http://simonbuerki.com/

If you are interested in working with Simon, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.



J.S. Bach, WTC Book 1 and 2: selected
J.S. Bach, French Suite No.6 in E major BWV817
J.S. Bach, Partita in C minor, BWV 826
M. Balakirev, Islamey, Op.18
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata in F minor, No.1 Op.2/1
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata in C minor, No.5 Op.10/1 (“Little Pathétique“))
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata in C minor, No.8 Op.13 („Pathétique”)
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata in E flat major, “Les Adieux“ No.26 Op.81a
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata in E major, No.30 Op.109
B. Bartok, Allegro Barbaro, Sz.49
B. Bartok, Piano Suite, Op.14
G. Bizet, „L’Aurore“ from Chants du Rhin
G. Bizet – V. Horowitz, Carmen Variations
F. Chopin, Ballade in F major, No.2 Op.38
F. Chopin, Ballade in A-flat major, No.3 Op.47
F. Chopin, selected Etudes from Op.10 and Op.25
F. Chopin, Fantaisie Impromptu, Op.66
F. Chopin, Mazurka in A minor, Op.17
F. Chopin, 3 Nocturnes from Op.27, Op.55, Op.Posth
F. Chopin, Polonaise in C minor, No.4 Op.40
F. Chopin, Scherzo in B flat minor, Op.31
F. Chopin, 3 Waltzes from Op.34 and Op.64
F. Chopin, selected Preludes Op.28
C. Debussy, selected Preludes Book 2
C. Debussy, „Clair de Lune“ from Suite Bergamasque, No.3, L. 75/3
C. Debussy, Arabesque No.1
C. Debussy, L’isle Joyeuse, L.106
E. Granados, selected „Danzas españolas“ Op. 5
E. Granados, „El fandango de candil„ from Suite Goyescas, No.3 Op.11
E. Granados, „Quejas o la Maja y el Ruiseñor„ from Suite Goyescas, No.4 Op.11
J. Haydn, Sonate Hob.XVI:25 in E flat major, Op.13
J. Haydn, Sonata Hob.XVI:34 in E minor
W.A. Mozart, Piano Sonata in G major, K.283
W.A. Mozart, Piano Sonata in C major, K.309
W.A. Mozart, Piano Sonata in A minor, K.310
W.A. Mozart, Piano Sonata in F major, K.332
W.A. Mozart, Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K.333
W.A. Mozart, Piano Sonata in C minor, K.457
W.A. Mozart, Piano Sonata in C major „Sonata semplice“, K. 545
M. Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
F. Liszt, Concert Etude „La Leggierezza“, S.144/2
F. Liszt, Concert Etude „Waldesrauschen“ ,S.145/1
F. Liszt, Concert Etude „Gnomenreigen“, S.145/2
F. Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
F. Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No.9 „Pesther Carnaval“
F. Liszt, Grand Etude de Paganini „La Campanella“, S.141/3
F. Liszt, Grand Etude de Paganini „La Chasse“, S.141/5
F. Liszt, Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178
F. Liszt, selected Transcendental etudes
A. Piazzolla, Libertango
A. Piazzolla, Oblivion
A. Piazzolla, Tango-Etude No.3
S. Prokofiev, Suggestion Diabolique, No.4 Op.4
S. Prokofiev, Toccata in D Minor, Op.11
S. Rachmaninov, Elegie No.1 Op.3
S. Rachmaninov, selected Etudes-Tableaux, Op.33
S. Rachmaninov, Moment Musicaux Op.16 No.4
S. Rachmaninov, Piano Sonata No.2 Op.36
S. Rachmaninov, Prelude No.5 Op.23
S. Rachmaninov, Prelude No.7 Op.23
S. Rachmaninov, Prelude No.5 Op.32
M. Ravel, Gaspard de la nuit
M. Runtz, Moire
M. Runtz, Nordlicht
D. Scarlatti, 7 Sonatas
F. Schubert, 2 Impromptus from D.899 / Op.90
F. Schubert – F. Liszt, 5 pieces selected from Lieder S.558
R. Schumann, Arabesque, Op. 18
R. Schumann, Carnaval, Op. 9
R. Schumann, Piano Sonata in G minor, No.2 Op.22
R. Schumann, Symphonic Etudes, Op.13
R. Schumann, Waldszenen, Op.82
A. Scriabin, Etudes No.11,12 Op.8
A. Scriabin, Etude No.5 Op.42
A. Scriabin, Prelude No.1 Op.9
A. Scriabin, Sonata No.4 in F sharp major
M. Skoryk, Burlesque
M. Skoryk, Kolomyika
I. Stravinsky, 3 Movement de Petrouchka

With piano

S. Rachmaninov, Suite for two pianos No 1
S. Rachmaninov, Suite for two pianos No 2
S. Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances Op.45
F. Schubert, Fantasia for piano, 4 hands in F minor, D. 940

Chamber Music 

L. van Beethoven, Cello Sonata No.3 in A major, Op.69
L. van Beethoven, Cello Sonata No.4 in C major, Op.102
J. Brahms, Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op.38
J. Brahms, Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108
J. Brahms, Scherzo in C minor from the “F.A.E” Sonata
E. Elgar, Sonata for violin and piano in E minor, Op.82
C. Franck, Piano Trio No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1/1
C. Franck, Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A Major
K. Goepfart, Trio for clarinet, bassoon and piano in G minor, Op.75
F. Mendelssohn, Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.49
W.A. Mozart, Violinsonate B Dur KV 378
W.A. Mozart, Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, K.478
A.Piazzolla, Oblivion for Cello and Piano/ Piano Trio
R. Schumann, Fantasiestucke, Op.73
L. Thuille, Sextet for piano and woodwind quintet in B flat major, Op.6

With Orchestra

J.S. Bach, Piano Concerto in D Minor BWV 1052
L.v. Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.2, Op 19
L. van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.3, Op 37
F. Chopin, Piano concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11
G. Gershwin, Rhapsody In Blue
E. Grieg, Piano concerto in A minor, Op.16
J. Haydn, Piano concerto in D major Hob. XVIII:11
F. Liszt, Piano concerto No.1 in E flat major S.124
W.A. Mozart, Piano concerto No.20 in D minor K.466
S. Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No.3, Op.26
S. Rachmaninov, Piano concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18
S. Rachmaninov, Piano concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op.30
S. Rachmaninov, Phapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
R. Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54
D. Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor, Op.35
P. Tchaikovsky, Piano concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23


Simon Buerki