CALGARY, AB, June 17, 2021—The Honens International Piano Competition announces the 2022 edition schedule, which was postponed from 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 50 Quarterfinalists chosen to participate in the Competition remain in place for 2022, as will the juries and collaborating artists, where possible. Quarterfinalists hail from 18 different countries.
The Quarterfinals take place in Frankfurt (March 14 to 17) and New York (March 24 to 26). In this round, each of the 50 selected pianists performs a 40-minute self-programmed solo recital and completes an interview with an arts journalist. All performances are recorded on video for review by the First Jury, comprised of both pianists and arts professionals. Ten pianists will then be chosen to advance to the Semifinals in Calgary. Semifinalists will be announced in spring 2022. The Competition culminates with the Semifinals and Finals in Calgary, Canada from October 22 to 28, 2022 with collaborative musicians: violinist Martin Beaver, Viano String Quartet, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Additional guest artists will be announced forthcoming.
“We are pleased to confirm these new dates for the 2022 Competition and are looking forward to meeting our 50 Quarterfinalists in Frankfurt and New York in March. The Honens Family is eager to be together again to celebrate these outstanding artists and to enjoy live concerts together,” remarks Neil Edwards, Honens President & CEO.
The triennial Honens International Piano Competition awards its Prize Laureate $100,000 (CAD) and a comprehensive three-year artistic and career development program. The prize, awarded to the pianist who most embodies Honens’ philosophy of the Complete Artist, is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—music is not an option; music is essential. As an artist myself, I know just how challenging this time has been. Setting the new dates is an exciting step, one I know has been highly anticipated by the competitors, jurors, and collaborating artists alike. There is nothing quite like walking out onto a concert hall stage and feeling the energy and excitement of a live audience … and that is what I can’t wait for our competitors to experience once again, at the 2022 Honens International Piano Competition,” reiterates Honens Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker.
For additional information about the upcoming Honens International Piano Competition, please visit, honens.com/2022.