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Meeting point for the highly gifted: The 5th International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists invites young virtuosos to Weimar

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Meeting point for the highly gifted: The 5th International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists invites young virtuosos to Weimar

She won the 1st prize at the 3rd Liszt Competition in 2011 – and has been touring around the largest concert halls in Europe as a "rising star" ever since: The 23-year-old Georgian Mariam Batsashvili can already look back on a brilliant career. Once again, promising prize winners are invited to enter the upcoming 5th edition of the International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists.

The Music University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar invites the piano virtuosos to enter this challenging competition from 23 October until 2 November 2017 in the categories I (up to 13 years old) and II (14 to 17 years old), which will once again take place in Europe's cultural capital city, Weimar. Registration begins on 1 May 2017, registration deadline for the competition is 21 July.

An international jury consisting of eight members chaired by the Weimar piano professor Grigory Gruzman will judge the interpretations of Bach preludes, Beethoven sonatas, Liszt etudes and Bartók pieces, among others. The repertoire of the second round includes piano trios by Mozart and Mendelssohn. In the final round, the piano concertos of Haydn or Grieg will pose the challenge. In the end, prizes totalling more than 10,000 Euros will be awarded, along with a Grand Prix and prizes from the junior jury, which will judge alongside the main jury. All the prizes are funded by the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen.

At the final concert of the competition the prize winners will perform with orchestra on 2 November at 7:30pm at the Weimarhalle. The orchestra will consist of musicians from both the Staatskapelle Weimar and the Musikgymnasium Schloss Belevedere. The University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar is responsible for the organisation of the competition along with the Musikgymnasium Schloss Belevedere, its centre for the highly gifted.

The International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists is literally the youngest competition at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, having only been founded in the year 2005. Similar to the Weimar LOUIS SPOHR Competition for Young Violinists, its goal is to offer an international platform to highly gifted young instrumentalists: In Weimar the musicians are to meet on eye-level, compare their performance level with their peers and learn from each other.

For decades the namesake of the competition, FRANZ LISZT, lived and taught in Weimar – first in the Altenburg (1848-1861) and later in the former court gardening building, now called the Liszt House (1869-1886). Every summer he gathered together a select group of young pianists from all over the world, to whom he gave free master classes and unforgettable impulses. The great composer, pianist, conductor and visionary always strived to offer the younger generation the best possible learning conditions. The International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition for Young Pianists feels committed to this legacy.

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Jan Kreyßig
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99423 Weimar
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