Schimmer PR - Public Relations for music

Fifty pianists chosen as quarterfinalists for the 2018 HONENS International Piano Competition

Calgary, AB, January 31, 2018—Fifty concert pianists from 22 countries have been chosen to perform in the Quarterfinals of Canada’s 2018 Honens International Piano Competition. The Screening Jury evaluated more than 100 candidate applications based on proposed Competition programming, experience relative to age, and reference letters.

The Quarterfinals/International Audition Rounds take place in Berlin (March 11 to 13—Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler) and New York (March 19 to 21—Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center). Each pianist performs a 40-minute self-programmed solo recital and completes an interview with an arts journalist.

“I have been involved with Honens since 2000, and not only was I very impressed by both the quantity and quality of the young pianists who applied this year, but also with their understanding of Honens’ value of the ‘Complete Artist.’ It was a real challenge for the jury to reduce the field to 50 quarterfinalists,” commented Eric Friesen, Chair, Screening Jury.

The 50 Quarterfinals performances are recorded on video for review by the First Jury, made up of both pianists and arts professionals: Winston Choi (2003 Honens Laureate, Head of Piano, Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, United States), Isolde Lagacé (General and Artistic Director, Arte Musica Foundation, Canada), Eduardo Monteiro, (Pianist, Vice Director & Professor of Piano, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Pedja Muzijevic (Pianist, Artistic Administrator, Baryshnikov Arts Center, United States). The First Jury evaluates the performances during deliberations at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in April. Ten pianists will be chosen to advance to the Semifinals in Calgary. Semifinalists will be announced on May 28, 2018.

The Competition culminates with the Semifinals and Finals in Calgary, Canada from August 30 to September 7, 2018.

> complete press release

Schimmer PR | Köln & Berlin | team[at] | Copyright © 2019. All Rights Reserved. Impressum | Imprint | Datenschutz | Privacy Policy