Carter Muller

(Conservatorium van Amsterdam, free entrance)

  • 25 January at 15:30 hrs (selection round A, Sweelinckzaal)
  • 1 February at 16:00 hrs (first round A, Sweelinckzaal)
  • 4 February (quarter final A, Sweelinckzaal); time follows
  • 7 February (semi final A, Haitinkzaal); 11:55hrs


Carter Muller (Amsterdam, 2001) began studying with Peter Mack at the Cornish College of Arts in Seattle. In 2011 he moved to the Netherlands, studied with Marjès Benoist at the Sweelinck Academie, started in 2015 at the Nederlandse Junior Dirigeer Academie and started at the Imola Piano Academy Eindhoven. Since May 2016 he has been studying with Nino Gvetadze and in 2017 he started at the International Piano Academie in Imola with masterclasses of Igor Roma. Carter is currently studying at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with Till Fellner. Carter won first prize at Het Concertgebouw Concours 2012, as the youngest participant won the semi-finals of the YPF Piano Competition in 2013, won second prize at the Prinses Christina Concours in 2015 and the title Classic Young Master during the “Meesterproef” in De Doelen. Carter’s playing could be heard in the documentary ‘Nieuwe Meesters’, Pauw & Witteman and Jinek.  In 2015 he gave a solo performance for Lang Lang during his concert with 100 pianists. In 2017 Carter organized a concert as part of the final exam in which he directed an ensemble. In 2018, Carter played in Canada and the US and played in the Concertgebouw during the Jong Talent Gala. Carter graduated from the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Haarlem in 2017, he loves rap music and American football.


Selection round

L. van Beethoven Sonate nr. 24 in Fis, op. 78 – I. Adagio Cantabile – Allegro
F. Chopin Etude in C, op. 10 nr. 7
S. Prokofiev Sonate nr. 3 in a, op. 28

First round

G. Ligeti Musica Ricercata nr. 3
G. Ligeti Musica Ricercata nr. 7
L. Andriessen Etude pour les timbres
C. Debussy Estampes, L. 100: nr. 2 ‘La soirée dans Grenade
S. Prokofiev Sonate nr. 3 in a, op. 28

Quarter final

J.S. Bach Franse Suite nr. 5 in G, BWV 816
W.A. Mozart Adagio in b, KV 540
F. Chopin Etude in C, op. 10 nr. 7
F. Liszt Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141: nr. 3 ‘La Campanella’  C. Debussy Etudes, L. 136: nr. 12 ‘Pour les accords

 Semi final

L. van Beethoven Sonate nr. 24 in Fis, op. 78
J. Brahms Variaties op een thema van Händel in Bes, op. 24