Sophia Li

Founder & Executive Director

Dear friends,


After a long period of preparation, I am happy to announce that on behalf of the Vienna International Arts Festival, the Ballet Grand Prix Vienna - 9thInternational Ballet & Contemporary Dance Competition will take place this year, as an online edition. 


As a classical musician and music editor, I have been engaged in cultural and artistic exchanges in Austria for more than 20 years. As the founder, I established the platform of the Vienna International Arts Festival and have successfully held the Vienna International Ballet & Contemporary Dance Competition and Music Competition in 2014 and 2019, respectively. I am honoured to receive incredible members of the organising committee, the jury and the generous support of countless friends who have made the festivals possible.


The Vienna International Arts Festival is a unique platform that focuses on performing arts. It is a bridge for cultural exchanges across the world and provides support for young people who are passionate about the arts. Since music and dance are the universal languages in the world, I hope this festival will achieve the goal of attracting more people from all over the world coming to Vienna and at the same time bring rich and colourful performing arts to the city’s art movement.

Prof. Evelyn Téri

Artistic Director

Born in Hungary, Prof. Evelyn Téri graduated with honours from the Hungarian State Ballet School and was taught by Hedwig Hidas, Horwath Margit, Boris Kniaseff, Olga Lepeschinskaya, Marika Besobrasova, Anne Wooliamns and Victor Gsovsky, among others. With her international career as a ballet soloist in Hungary, Germany, France, Japan and South America, she has guest appearances in several countries and worked with major names such as John Cranko, George Balanchine, Anton Dolin, Gyula Harangozo, Peter van Dyck and Horst Müller. 


Her principal parts in the classical ballets included Giselle, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Coppelia, Don Quixote, La fille mal Gardée, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and many more.


She was the artistic project director and professor at the MUK in Vienna, at the Accademia Nationale di Danza in Rome and at the Conservatoire Ljubljana. Evelyn also taught classical ballet, character dance by giving classes and workshops to companies, as well as to the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera.


Evelyn choreographed ballets including Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake and the Vienna Opera Ball for the Wiener Staatsballet.


In 2019, she was honoured with the Golden Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic to Austria. In 2016, she was honoured with the “Ordre de Chevalier” by the Hungarian Republic. In 2014, she received the Fanny Elssler Prize. In 2003, she was awarded the honorary title “Professor” by the Austrian government, and in 2002 by the Hungarian Dance Academy. 


She was the executive director of the ÖTR – Austrian Dance Council and is now the artistic director of the Ballet Grand Prix Vienna.



Global Communications, Viola Li 

Project Coordinator, Marianne Berlakovich

Press, Toni Berlakovich

Press China, Xu Jing

Film, Balázs Delbo



The 9th International Ballet & Contemporary Dance Competition


October 27th - 29th 2021
Finale: October 30th 2021


The registration portal is closed now





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