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International Maj Lind Piano Competition

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Competition process

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2022 which should be submitted via the competition website. The names of the successful applicants will be announced by June 20, 2022 at the latest. About 40 participants will be accepted for the first round which is taking place between October 14 –18. The second round will take place in October 20 and 21. The contestants successful in the first two rounds will proceed to the chamber music finals in October 23. The competition will culminate in orchestral finals at the Helsinki Music Centre on October 26–27.

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SectionsPiano
Deadline01 Apr - 31 May 2022
Finals23 - 27 Oct 2022
WhereHelsinki, Finland
Age groupsPianists born in or after 1992
About the competition

The International Maj Lind Competition is well-recognized piano competition in Finland and around the world. The competition is named after its benefactress Maria (Maj) Lind, née Kopjeff (1876–1942). A keen music lover, who studied the piano in Kuopio and St. Petersburg and married a Helsinki businessman, Arvid Lind.

When he died, she inherited a considerable fortune, some of which she then bequeathed to the Sibelius Academy “for the development of pianists”.

The first Maj Lind Piano Competition was financed by a fund set up under the bequest and held in 1945. Since 2002, it has been held every five years as an international event.

Applications

The application period is April 1 – May 31, 2022.  A link to the application site will be activated on April 1, 2022 on www.majlindcompetition.fi. Applications should append a quality video for the pre-selection process. Late applications will not be considered. The non-refundable application fee is 80 €.

Finals

The contestants successful in the first two rounds will proceed to the chamber music finals on October 23, 2022 in which they will perform a piano quartet with either the Kamus or the Meta4 Quartet. The competition will culminate in orchestral finals at the Helsinki Music Centre on October 26–27, 2022 in which the best six contestants will perform a piano concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anna-Maria Helsing.

Travel & accommodation

Free hotel accommodation will be provided for contestants for the duration of the rounds in which the contestant is participating. Contestants will pay their own travel expenses to and from Helsinki.

Prizes

I prize 30,000 €
II prize 25,000 €
III prize 20,000 €

Remaining finalists will receive a prize of 8,000 €.
A special chamber music prize is 8,000 €.
A special prize of 1,500 € for the best performance of the commissioned work by Outi Tarkiainen in the second round.

Laureates

2017
I Mackenzie Melemed (United States); II Jun Bouterey-Ishido (New Zealand); III Jiyoung Kim (South Korea)

2012
I Sergei Redkin (Russia); II Denis Zhdanov (Ukraine); III Gehui Xu (China)

2007
I Sofya Gulyak (Russia); II Roope Gröndahl (Finland); III Violetta Khachikian (Russia)

2002
I Alberto Nosè (Italy); II Kotaro Fukuma (Japan); III Pierre Mancinelli (France)

Jury of the 2022 competition

Jury: Joanna MacGregor (Head of Jury), HieYon Choi, Kyoko Hashimoto, Björn Lehmann, Robert Levin, Cedric Pescia, Margit Rahkonen, Kalle Randalu, Rena Shreshevskaja 

Joanna MacGregor © Pal Hansen
Joanna MacGregor
© Pal Hansen
Robert Levin © Clive Barda
Robert Levin
© Clive Barda
Rena Shereshevskaya
Rena Shereshevskaya
Hieyon Choi © Ji-Young Ha
Hieyon Choi
© Ji-Young Ha
Kalle Randalu © Kaupo Kikkas
Kalle Randalu
© Kaupo Kikkas
Margit Rahkonen © Margit Rahkonen
Margit Rahkonen
© Margit Rahkonen
Cédric Pescia © Uwe Neumann
Cédric Pescia
© Uwe Neumann
Björn Lehmann
Björn Lehmann
Kyoko Hashimoto © Jean Marchand
Kyoko Hashimoto
© Jean Marchand