Honens International Piano Competition Set to Kick Off

Curious about up and coming pianists? Honens International Piano Competition, a Calgary-based organization, has become one of the world’s most prestigious events of its kind and Canada’s leading presenter of music for piano. Twenty-one competitors are sought out from all over the globe and assembled in Calgary to compete for over $100,000 worth of prize money and a spot in the Artistic and Career Development Program. The three top winners, or ‘Laureates’, are awarded a coveted spot in the program, which is designed to jump-start their careers and establish their place as a professional musician, while also contributing to the communities that Honens is a part of. 

They have been leading the way for over 25 years, bringing Calgary international stature and recognition for its vibrant arts community. In fact, it attracts leaders in government, business and culture while promoting innovative excellence in the arts both inside and outside the city. 

Established in 1991, the vision was to identify the finest of today’s young pianists and to bring them to Calgary to participate in a competition held in the highest international esteem. 

A triennial piano competition, showcasing the best of the world’s emerging pianists, it’s happening this fall. From October 17 to 26, ten of the world’s most accomplished pianists, aged 20 to 30, will perform in the Semifinals of Calgary’s Honens International Piano Competition. The pianists come from eight countries: Australia, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Russia, Ukraine and the United States.

Each Semifinalist will perform two recitals – a 60-minute solo recital and a 70-minute collaborative concert with violinist Geoff Nuttall (of Canada’s acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet), cellist Johannes Moser, and singer Amanda Roocroft. Five pianists will then advance to the Finals (October 25 and 26) for performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director, Roberto Minczuk.

For young professionals, you are in luck. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 39 is invited to attend the Honens Opening Night performance and pre-concert party (happening at the Auburn Saloon) for a discounted rate of $4.40. The Opening Night performance features Ukrainian Sasha Grynyuk and the only Canadian in the Competition, Avan Yu. 

To get the special priced tickets, simply call the Honens Box Office at 403.299.0140 and mention the A440 Opening Night promo.

Sign up as an A440 member and you can have access to tickets to most concerts during the festival for only $18. To purchase tickets or to find out more about Honens, check out their website. To stay up to date on the competition be sure to follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.