International Piano Competition

The Liszt Society invited applications for the Liszt Society International Piano Prize 2016, now in its fourth year.The prize is open to pianists of all nationalities and all ages. Five applicants were invited to present a recital of maximum 25 minutes on 26 November in London. 

Jury: Professor Leslie Howard (chair), Elgin Ronayne, Professor Julian Jacobson, Christopher Wayne Smith, Melvyn Cooper and Mark Viner. The jury took imaginative and enterprising repertoire choices and programming into account in their selection of the finalists and the making of any awards. 

The first prizewinner is invited to perform the lunchtime recital at the 2017 Annual Day and in addition  is offered the following engagement:

A piano recital (which must include Liszt) at the Music Salon in the home of Christopher Devine in Vienna around October 2017 (exact date to be advised - MusikAtelier1060).
A return plane ticket from a London airport to Vienna
Accommodation for two nights
A fee of €500

The runner up will be offered a 'Liszt Society Presents' engagement. 

Prizewinners will also receive free Liszt Society membership for the 2017 calendar year. Other engagements may be organised with the prize winners and other finalists at the discretion of the Liszt Society Council.


Watch the jury deliver their verdict.

The winner this year was Tyler Hay - Fantasie und Fuge über das Motiv B-A-C-H. S.529ii, Variationen über ein Motiv (basso ostinato) aus der Kantate "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen". S. 180.

Runner-up was Edward Leung - Deux Légendes. No. 2, St. Francois de Paule marchant sue les flots. S175/2, Réminisences de Norma. S394. 

Other finalists:

Kheng Hoe Low - Sarabande und Chaconne aus dem Singspiel Almira. S181, Études d'exécution transcendante, Mazeppa. S. 139/4, Liebeslied (Widmung) von Robert Schumann. S. 566.

Asagi Nakata - Sarabande und Chaconne aus dem Singspiel Almira. S181, Années de Pèlerinage - Deuxième année - Italie. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca. S 161/6, Trois Etudes de Concert, No 2 La Leggierezza. S 144/2.

Keishi Suzuki - Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus, Berlioz - Grand Symphonie fantastique, op 14 - No 4 Marche au supplice. S.470. 

Prior to the competition, last year's finalist Yuanfan Yang, gave a superb recital, comprising Rachmaninoff: Six Moments Musicaux, opus 16 No 1 in B flat minor, No 4 in E minor. Paderewski: Intermezzo Polacco, opus 14 no. 5, Thema varié, opus 16 no. 3. Yuanfan Yang: Waves, Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage - Première Année - Suisse, S160 No. 6 Vallée d'Obermann, Fantasie und Fuge über das Motiv B-A-C-H. S.529ii.

Event Details
November 26, 2016
St Mary's Church, South Ealing