2018 GUIDE TO COMPETITIONS

Honens International Piano Competition
Honens International Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition takes place every three years and awards $100,000 (CAD) and an Artist Development Program valued at a half-million dollars. Honens prepares its Laureates for the rigors and realities of professional careers in music and creates opportunities for growth and exposure.
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888 10 Street SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2X1
CANADA
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ELIGIBILITY
Pianists of all nationalities, aged 20 to 30 on 30 August 2018, with the exception of past Honens Laureates and professionally managed artists, may apply.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Triennial
First prize More than $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury
  • Inon Barnatan, Concert pianist, Inaugural Artist-in-Association, New York Philharmonic 2016 to 2018
  • Ingrid Fliter, Concert pianist, 2006 Gilmore Award Artist
  • Annette Josef, Managing Director, Munich Symphony Orchestra
  • Wu Han, Co-Artistic Director, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • André Laplante, Concert pianist, 2004 Juno Award winner
  • Asadour Santourian, Vice President, Artistic Administration and Artistic Advisor, Aspen Music Festival and School
  • Minsoo Sohn, 2006 Honens Prize Laureate, Professor of Piano, Korean National University of Arts
  • Garrick Ohlsson, Mentor
Jury size 6 to 10
Application notes ** The application deadline for the upcoming competition has passed. Inquiries and interested future applicants should visit the competition website for information.
QUARTER FINALS
Each pianist performs a 40-minute self-programmed solo recital and completes an interview with an arts journalist.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Piano, August 30 to September 3, 2018, Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada
Ten Semifinalist pianists perform a 65-minute solo recital and a 65-minute collaborative recital. Collaborating musicians: Benjamin Appl baritone, Jonathan Crow violin.
FINALS (live rounds)
Piano, September 6-7, 2018, Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada
Three pianists to advance to the Finals for a performance with a quintet, a concerto with orchestra, and a second interview with an arts journalist. Collaborating musicians: Azahar Ensemble and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Karina Canellakis
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015 Luca Buratto
2012 Pavel Kolesnikovno
2009 Georgy Tchaidze
2006 Minsoo Sohn
2003 Xiang Zou
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