The Liszt Society invites applications for the 2017 Liszt Society International Piano Competition, now in its fifth year. The prize is open to pianists of all nationalities and all ages.
- The closing date for entries is Tuesday 10th October 2017.
- A non-refundable application fee of £10 for Liszt Society members and £20 for non-members should be submitted via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the payment reference ‘Piano Competition 2017’.
- All candidates must submit YouTube links to live performances of a free choice of works by Liszt (including original compositions, transcriptions, fantasies or paraphrases) with a maximum overall duration of 35 minutes. Any sound-only recording must be an attested genuine recording made by the entrant. Each work/movement must be presented in a single unedited take.
- No fewer than five applicants will be chosen to compete in the final in London at St. Mary’s Church, South Ealing, on the afternoon of Saturday 25th November 2017.
- All entrants chosen to compete in the final must be able to be present at the competition venue from midday on the aforementioned date.
- Chosen finalists will then prepare a 25-minute programme of Liszt Music which may include any of the works on their submitted recordings. Unique, imaginative and enterprising repertoire choice and programming will be taken into account, both in the selection of finalists and the making of any awards. A list of their intended works, in performance order and including S numbers, must be submitted prior to the day of the final.
- The jury’s decision shall be final and irrevocable.
Leslie Howard (chair), Melvyn Cooper, Niel Immelman, Elgin Ronayne and Mark Viner.
The first and second prize winners will each receive a recital engagement and free Liszt Society membership for the calendar year 2018.
Prospective entrants should apply by email stating –
· Full name
· Date of birth
Youtube links to their intended application performances must be listed. S numbers for each work should also be stated.
Applications (and, if chosen for the final, the list of intended performance works) should be sent to both of the following addresses:
Christopher Smith and Coady Green
The 2016 winner 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.
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 2016 competition, the 2015 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.