I can wholly recommend Pianale! Unlike any competition I've been to previously, the atmosphere was open and friendly, with the emphasis on musical dedication over and above competitive considerations. The team of professors are world class, and, in 2 hours with each, one can really gain from them as much as one is prepared to listen and learn. The variety of perspective and background is balanced by a unity in integrity, curiosity and richness of experience. Apart from the masterclasses, every participant is guaranteed at least 2 concert opportunities, travelling around the picturesque terrain of Fulda, and most importantly sampling the local pizzerias! The prizes are considerable, and potentially instrumental in building young careers. Overall, a thoroughly rewarding summer vacation.