An optimistic outlook: Start of applications for the 10th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar - Bayreuth in autumn 2021

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An optimistic outlook: Start of applications for the 10th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar - Bayreuth in autumn 2021

As in 2018, there is also a pre-selection for the next International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar – Bayreuth in Germany. The application phase for this year's 10th competition from October 27 to November 7, 2021 is underway.

The deadline for applications is June 1. A maximum of 35 participants will be selected and invited by the admissions committee. More information on the application process is available at 

Budapest, Utrecht – and Weimar: The Liszt Competition, organized in cooperation with the City of Bayreuth, has long been one of the three most important international competitions focusing on the works of Franz Liszt.

For the tenth time, the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and the city of Bayreuth are inviting participants to take part: While the first round will be held in the city of Richard Wagner, the competition will move to Weimar for the subsequent rounds.

The opening concert of the competition will take place on October 27 at the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth with the Hungarian piano duo Dezső Ránki and Edit Klukon.

After the first round in the Richard Wagner Hall of the Bayreuth Music School (Oct. 29 to 31), the competition will continue with the second round (Nov. 2 and 3) and the semifinals (Nov. 4) in the Festsaal Fürstenhaus of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar.

The final concert on November 6 in the Weimarhalle with the Staatskapelle Weimar is also be the last, final round of judging with orchestra. It will be followed by the prize-winners' concert at the Bayreuth Center on November 7.

The international jury, chaired by Weimar piano professor Gerlinde Otto, will then decide who gets to perform Liszt's piano concertos or the "Totentanz" in the final with the Staatskapelle Weimar.

In addition to the chairperson Gerlinde Otto (Germany), the jury also includes Boris Bloch (USA/Germany), Dana Borsan (Romania), Wolfgang Döberlein (Germany), Carsten Dürer (Germany), Gábor Farkas (Hungary), Pasquale Iannone (Italy), Eugene Skovorodnikov (Canada) and Zhu Xiao-Mei (China/France).

The jury is also responsible for deciding to award the prizes with a total value of 25,000 euros to the greatest talents. The 1st prize of the competition, worth 12,000 euros, is donated by the NEUE LISZT STIFTUNG (New Liszt Foundation). A 2nd prize (8,000 euros) and a 3rd prize (5,000 euros) are also awarded, along with special prizes and follow-up concerts.  

The required competition repertoire clearly focuses on the piano works of Franz Liszt in all rounds. Exceptions are works by Bach and Saint-Saëns in the first round and Haydn and Beethoven sonatas as well as another work by Saint-Saëns in the second round.

Works from Liszt's oeuvre will include song transcriptions, etudes, and other works of the composer's choice. Liszt's majestic B minor Sonata is the sole program item in the semifinal, while the finale will feature his piano concertos and the "Totentanz".

The competition, which was launched 27 years ago by the University of Music in Weimar, is largely financed by the State of Thuringia and the City of Bayreuth. Support is also provided by the NEUE LISZT STIFTUNG. Prof. Gerlinde Otto is the artistic director.

For more information:


Jan Kreyßig
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