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Competition on hold: The 6th International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists is postponed until March 2021

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Competition on hold: The 6th International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists is postponed until March 2021

The 6th International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists, scheduled for October 2020, unfortunately cannot take place as planned. Due to the still difficult pandemic situation worldwide, the competition has been postponed and will now take place from the 15th to the 25th of March, 2021 at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar. The original registration period ended on the 10th of July 2020 but has now been extended to the 10th of November 2020. The online registration portal for the piano competition currently remains open.

"The coronavirus pandemic comes at a cost", says Prof. Anne-Kathrin Lindig, the Vice President of Performance Practice of the University of Music Weimar. "We are afraid that the participants will not be able to travel. And we are also afraid that our audience will not be able to participate as usual and that the international competition will not be able to open up to everyone." The postponing of the competition is in the hope "that we will be able to open our doors again in March to everyone and receive our musical guests in order that piano music will burst out of every room of the building", said Anne-Kathrin Lindig. "Everyone is warmly invited, so please take note of the date."

An eight-member international jury chaired by Grigory Gruzman, a piano professor from Weimar, will judge the interpretations of Bach Preludes, Beethoven Sonatas, Liszt Etudes and Bartók pieces, among others. In addition, in the second round of the competition, the jury will also consider piano trios by Mozart and Mendelssohn, among others.

In the final round, depending on the age category, piano concertos by Haydn or Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto in C minor (instead of the originally intended Grieg piano concerto) will be performed by the orchestra of the Music Gymnasium Schloss Belvedere. "We hope that with the smaller instrumentation of the Beethoven Concerto, a public performance will be possible in March," says Prof. Anne-Kathrin Lindig.

At the end of the concert, main prizes and special prizes totalling more than EUR 14,000 will be awarded, all of which were donated by the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen.

For the final concert of the competition, the prizewinners will present themselves with the Orchestra on the 25th of March at 7pm in the Great Hall (Großen Saal) of the Music Gymnasium Schloss Belvedere - instead of the originally planned Weimarhalle. The competition is organized by the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar together with the Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere, which is its centre for highly gifted students.

The International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists was founded in 2005 and similar to the Weimar LOUIS SPOHR Competition for Young Violinists, its goal is to offer an international platform for highly talented young instrumentalists: In Weimar the musicians are to meet eye to eye, compare their level of performance and learn from one other.