C. Bechstein is a partner of the 7th International German Piano Award in Frankfurt

International Piano Forum will present the 7th International German Piano Award on April 4 and 5, 2017. The competition, consisting of three rounds, will be held at Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. Participants will be playing exclusively C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand pianos.

The International German Piano Award is presented annually to honor and support extraordinarily talented artists. With a purse of €20,000, it promotes the discovery and advancement of outstanding pianists. Merely to be nominated for this award is a distinguished recognition of exceptional talent. A judging panel composed of internationally renowned experts selects the nominees in an independent, certified procedure. Another panel, different from the first one, selects the competition winner from among the nominees.

The first round of the competition will be held on April 4, from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Six semifinalists selected by the judging panel will present solo works in the Clara Schumann Hall of Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory in Frankfurt. In the second round, held on April 5, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, two finalists will again present solo works, this time in the Mozart Hall of the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. Both rounds of the competition are open to the public. Reservations are required, however.

The grand finale of the International German Piano Award will take place on April 5, at 7:00 PM at the Alte Oper. The two finalists will compete against one another, playing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 or Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Staatskapelle Halle conducted by Josep Caballé Domenech. After the grand finale, those in attendance will choose the winner of the Audience Award.

The purpose of the International German Piano Award is to scout pianists who stand out for their exceptional artistic expression, sensitivity and passion for music, to facilitate contacts between the prize winners and great conductors and orchestras for subsequent performances in renowned concert halls in Germany and abroad, and to provide support to the laureates for the production of recordings, the creation of a website, and the preparation of a sophisticated portfolio.

Be there for the grand finale and cast your vote for the Audience Award!

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