Edvard Grieg Piano Competition

The Edvard Grieg International Piano Competition has been arranged at Troldhaugen by KODE since 2012.

See all participants 2022 listed here

This year, 247 young pianists from 39 different countries competed for the right to present their artistry in Bergen at the end of August. Of this, 30 candidates from 16 countries where welcomed to compete in Bergen 26 August–3 September.

The competition is biannual and was last held in 2018. It has since been postponed twice because of the coronavirus pandemic and international travel restrictions. 

Program for the 2022 Competition

Three preliminary rounds will take place at Troldhaugen on 27–31 August, and will be open for audiences free of charge. Participants who progress to the grand finale at Grieghallen on 3 September will perform as soloists with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The entire competition will be streamed free of charge anywhere in the world. The audience may also vote for their favourite via SMS. The programme includes an exclusive concert at Håkonshallen with the Canadian pianist Bruce Liu, the winner of the international Chopin Competition held last year in Warsaw.

There will also be concerts by the competition participants in the greater Bergen area, a free drop-in concert in the University Aula in Bergen, a masterclass at the Grieg Academy, and an on-stage conversation with the pianist and professor Liv Glaser.

The programme can be viewed digitally here

The competition also draws on music institutions from all over Norway to organize this major piano event. Six venues in Bergen and the surrounding area co organize concert tours for the participants, and orchestras and festivals from all over the country have entered into agreements to let the winner perform with them. The competition offers handsome prizes to the participants, ranging from cash rewards of up to €30,000 to concerts in Norway and abroad.

“Winning the competition may provide a boost to the participant’s career as an international concert pianist,” Grøvlen notes. 

About the Competition

The key ambition for the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition is to be a high quality competition with a warm and inclusive atmosphere in Grieg’s own historic surroundings. The candidates stay with host families, and the schedule includes a number of concerts and events during the whole competition week. All candidates who do not reach the semi-final are offered paid concerts at the “pianists on tour” concept, with a fee that in most cases will cover their travel expenses. A number of events, lectures and masterclasses make the Grieg Competition a unique piano gathering in a city with long musical traditions.

The Grieg Competition aims to be a modern competition of high standards concerning impartiality and transparency. From 2016, Grieg Competition publishes all votes by the Jury after the competition has ended.

The level of the competitors has been extraordinary high every year, so has the number of participants. The competition became a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation in 2004, and a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in 2017.

Winners 2018

1st Prize: Ryoma Takagi - Japan
2nd Prize: Matyáš Novák - Czech Republic
3rd Prize: Alexey Trushechkin - Russia

Audience Prize: Ryoma Takagi - Japan
Orchestra's Prize: Alexey Trushechkin - Russia
Prize for best performance of a complete opus originally written for solo piano by Edvard Grieg: Lars Fredrik Nystad - Norway
Prize for best performance of Synne Skouen´s "sul g": Olga Stezhko - Belarus

Sponsors

Since 2014, the foundation Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen has been the main sponsor and exclusive private contributor of Grieg Competition. Through generous funding the foundation has secured a competition on a high international level, organized by KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes.

 

Ryoma Takagi from Japan is the winner of the 1st Prize in Grieg Competition 2018. 2nd Prize winner Matyas Novak to the left and 3rd Prize winner Alexey Trushechkin to the right. (photo by Dag Fosse).