Rune Leicht Lund, Shota Kaya and Valentin Magyar (from left to right) | Photo: Thomas Müller
The jury has decided: The three prize winners of the 10th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar – Bayreuth have been determined
The 10th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar - Bayreuth culminated in an acclaimed final concert in the Weimarhalle in the city of Weimar (Germany) on Saturday evening, November 6. Accompanied by the excellent State Orchestra (Staatskapelle) Weimar under the direction of Dominik Beykirch, the 21-year-old Japanese pianist Shota Kaya won the 2nd prize worth 8,000 euros (a 1st prize was not awarded). The 3rd prize, worth 5,000 euros, was awarded twice: to 21-year-old Hungarian Valentin Magyar and 18-year-old Dane Rune Leicht Lund.
The 10th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar – Bayreuth has been organized since October 27 by the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar in cooperation with the city of Bayreuth. The competition was largely financed by the Free State of Thuringia and the City of Bayreuth. Valuable support was provided by the NEW LISZT FOUNDATION, the piano manufacturer Steingraeber & Söhne Bayreuth and the State Orchestra (Staatskapelle) Weimar.
In addition to the 2nd prize, Shota Kaya also won the Audience Award, donated by Ulrich Bergmann, and the Special Prize for the best interpretation of a work by Saint-Saens, donated by the "Ming Cheng Institute". The 3rd prize winner Valentin Magyar was awarded the special prize for the late work by Franz Liszt, donated by Gilbert Hönig.
Rune Leicht Lund, who also won the 3rd prize, also won the special prize for the best interpretation of a classical sonata, donated by the piano manufacturer Steingraeber & Söhne, as well as the special prize for the best interpretation of the Sonata in B minor by Franz Liszt, donated by Gilbert Hönig.
Another special prize for a particularly talented participant (prize winners excluded), donated by the NEW LISZT FOUNDATION, went to the only 16-year-old competition participant Oscar Paz (USA). Additionally, the 20-year-old Russian Ilia Papoian won a scholarship for the most talented Eastern European participant (prize winners excluded) for a semester at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, donated by Dr. Rainer Braunschweig.
A total of 37 participants were nominated for this year's competition after a preliminary selection. While the first round was held in the Wagner Hall of the Bayreuth Music School, the participants moved to the Fürstenhaus of the University of Music in Weimar for the second and third rounds. In the final concert in the Weimarhalle on November 6, Franz Liszt's "Totentanz" for piano and orchestra was performed twice (Shota Kaya and Valentin Magyar) and his Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major was performed once (Rune Leicht Lund).
In addition to jury chair Gerlinde Otto, the jury members included Rolf-Dieter Arens (Germany), Dana Borsan (Romania), Wolfgang Döberlein (Germany, 1st round), Carsten Dürer (Germany), Gábor Farkas (Hungary, from 2nd round), Pasquale Iannone (Italy), Eugene Skovorodnikov (Canada), Natalia Trull (Russia) and Zhu Xiao-Mei (China/France).
For more information: www.hfm-weimar.de/liszt