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9th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar–Bayreuth

30 October - 10 November 2018

The participants are selected. Altogether 42 pianists are invited. 
Photo: Matthias Creutziger

Christian Thielemann, principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, will conduct the final concert on 9th November 2018 in Weimar

Franz Liszt, after whom the competition and the University of Music in Weimar is named, always felt obligated to support young artists. He was significantly more than "just" a piano virtuoso and composer: He worked over a period of decades as a teacher, court conductor, a writer on music and cultural politician in Weimar.

His (never implemented) plans for a Goethe-Stiftung (Goethe-foundation) were intended to yearly award prizes in the areas of music, painting, sculpture and literature - the International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar-Bayreuth still keeps several of these ideas alive even in the 21st century. Liszt probably would have liked the idea of a pianist performance comparison in his own name. In the last few years of his life every summer, he gave a free of charge, week long master class to eleven selected pianists in the Weimar "Hofgärtnerei" (court garden) - today known as the Liszt house.