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The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition

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Laureates
2018 winner Ryoma Takagi plays with the Bergen Philharmonic
Ryoma Takagi (1st prize) performing his final concert in 2018
2016 Winner Ah Ruem Ahn plays with the Bergen Philharmonic
Joachim Carr (1st prize) performing his final concert in 2014
Troldhaugen, home of Norwegian Composer Edvard Grieg
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Biography

The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition is a biennial competition arranged by the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen in Bergen, Norway, since 2012. The key ambition is a high-quality competition with a warm and inclusive atmosphere in Grieg’s own historic surroundings.

Entry conditions

The Grieg Competition is open to all pianists of all nationalities born in the years 1987-2003, but with the following exceptions:

  • The applicant is a former 1st prize winner at the Competition
  • The applicant is a close relative of a Juror.
  • The applicant is currently a Juror’s student at an institution or receives regular private lessons from a Juror.
  • The applicant has been a student of a Juror in such terms after 12 September 2015, or had one or more private lessons with a Juror during the same period. Participants who are accepted to the Competition in Bergen are not allowed to take any lesson or participate at any masterclass with a Juror from the date of the application until the end of the Competition.

Schedule

  • 20 April 2020: Application Deadline
  • 11 September 2020: Competition registration for the participants in Bergen.
  • 12-14 September 2020: Round 1
  • 15 September: Round 2
  • 16 September: Semi-Final
  • 20 September: Final

Application deadline for the competition is 20 April 2020. A pre-qualification jury selects 30 pianists who will be invited to Bergen to participate.

All preliminary rounds are free and open to the public. Only the Final Concert requires a purchased ticket at the Grieg Hall, the home of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. All rounds, including the final, are live-streamed on our websites and on our Facebook page.

Expenses

The Grieg Competition offer paid concert opportunities (500 EUR) for all participants who do not pass to the second round or to the semi final. All semi finalists receive a prize of 1,500 EUR.

The Jury

  • Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (chairman)
  • Noriko Ogawa
  • Lilya Zilberstein
  • Alice Sara Ott
  • Uta Weyand
  • Christian Ihle Hadland
  • Pablo Galdo

The next edition will be in 2022

Past Laureates

Winners 2018

1st Prize and the Audience Prize: Ryoma Takagi
2nd Prize: Matyáš Novák
3rd Prize and the Orchestra's Prize: Alexey Trushechkin

Winners 2016

1st Prize and the Audience Prize: Ah Ruem Ahn
2nd Prize and the Orchestra’s Prize: Zhenni Li
3rd Prize: Ben Cruchley

Winners 2014

1st Prize, Audience Prize and Orchestra’s Prize: Joachim Carr
2nd Prize: Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev
3rd Prize: Peter Friis Johansson

Winners 2012

1st Prize: Sasha Grynyuk
2nd Prize and the Audience Prize: Anton Igubnov
3rd Prize: Mamikon Nakhapetov

For more information, please visit The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition's website.

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SectionsPiano
Deadline20 Apr 2020
Finals20 Sep 2020
WhereBergen, Norway
Age groupsPianists born between 1987 and 2003
Prizes

First prize: 30,000 EUR

Second prize: 20,000 EUR

Third prize: 10,000 EUR

Audience prize after the Final: 1,000 EUR
Orchestra's prize after the Final: 1,000 EUR

Semi-finalist prize: 1,500 EUR

Prize for best performance of Ørjan Matre's commissioned piece performed in the Second Round may be given after the Second Round: 1,500 EUR

Prize for best performance of a complete opus originally written for solo piano by Edvard Grieg performed in the Second Round or in the Semi-final may be given after the Semi-final: 3,000 EUR

The Grieg Competition offer paid concert opportunities (500 EUR) for all participants who do not pass to the second round or to the semi final. All semi finalists receive a prize of 1.500 EUR.

For the first Prize:

  • An engagement for a number of public concerts at Troldhaugen during the summer of 2021 as “Pianist of the Week”

  • More engagements to be announced.