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Contest of the Gifted: The 6th International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists invites the world’s top talent to Weimar
Once again, highly talented prize winners will be sought at the sixth run of the International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists: From the 26th of October to the 5th of November 2020, the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar invites future keyboard virtuosi in categories I (13 years and younger) and II (14 to 17 years) to a demanding competition in the European cultural capital. Online registration is possible from the 1st of March 2020. Registration for the competition closes on the 10th of July.
An eight-person international jury chaired by Weimar piano professor Grigory Gruzman will judge interpretations of Bach preludes, Beethoven sonatas, Liszt Etudes, and pieces by Bartók, amongst others. The second round of the competition will also include piano trios by Mozart and Mendelssohn.
In the finals, the competitors will have to master piano concertos by Haydn or Grieg with the school orchestra “Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere”.
At the end of the competition await the main prizes with a total value of over 10,000 Euros. In addition, there are also prizes awarded by the junior jury which will judge in the final round alongside the main jury.
The prize winners will present a final concert with full orchestra on the 5th of November 19:30 in the concert hall ‘Weimarhalle’. The competition is run by the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar in cooperation with the school for the musically gifted “Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere”.
The International FRANZ LISZT Competition was born in 2005 as literally the youngest competition by the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar. Like Weimar’s LOUIS SPOHR competition for young violinists, the aim is to offer the next generation of highly talented instrumentalists an international platform: The musicians should be able to meet, measure themselves against each other, and learn from one another.
Franz Liszt, the namesake of the competition, lived and taught for decades in Weimar, first in the mansion “Altenburg” (1848 to 1861) and later in the old “Hofgärtnerei”, which is now the Liszt House (1869 to 1886). He rallied a group of young pianists selected from around the world around himself every summer, offering them masterclasses and unforgettable impulses free of charge.
It was always that great composer, pianist, and conductor’s vision to offer the next generation the best possible training. This legacy is now being carried on through the FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists.
More information and registration: www.hfm-weimar.de/liszt-junior