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  • Brand new Bösendorfer in the competition

    Brand new Bösendorfer 280 Vienna Concert Grand Piano was brought into the Camerata Hall at the Helsinki Music Centre on Wednesday.Read more »
  • The first competitor to perform is Tarmo Peltokoski

    The first competitor to perform in the Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition (17–31 August 2017) is Tarmo Peltokoski (Finland). He will begin the first round at 10.00 on 18 August and be followed by Kausikan Rajeshkumar (Great Britain) and Victoria Audrey Sarasvathi (Indonesia). There are 37 competitors in all and ten first round sessions. 14 pianists will be selected to go through to the second round and their names will be announced after the last first-round performance on Tuesday evening, 22 August. The competition will be held at the Helsinki Music Centre.Read more »
  • Patroness of the Competition: A Piano Competition for all the Senses

  • Piano Masterclass on 28 Aug is open to public

    The members of the jury will hold a masterclass in connection with the competition on Monday 28 August at 10–19. The masterclass will take place in the Camerata Hall at the Helsinki Music Centre. This is open, free of charge, to members of the public who wish to follow the teaching.Read more »
  • BLOG: In the 1980s, the Piano Competition held composition competitions

    Works composed specifically for the Maj Lind Piano Competition began to be heard in the 1980s. These included both piano concertos and little five-minute pieces. A big step forwards was taken in the finals when the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra took the stage instead of the student orchestras.Read more »
  • BLOG: PS. I won the Maj Lind!!!

    The eleventh competition brought the Maj Lind up to the 1960s. This time it was expanded into a national event and not confined to students at the Sibelius Academy.Read more »
  • BLOG: New Finnish music enters the repertoire in the 1970s

    In the 1970s, the repertoire for the Maj Lind Piano Competition included some contemporary Finnish works. It became a longer event and from 1973 onwards was held at three-year intervals. The orchestral finals were first held at Finlandia Hall in 1979.Read more »
  • BLOG: 1950s laureate now in her 90s

    The Maj Lind Piano Competition was still just a small-scale event in the 1950s, open only to students at the Sibelius Academy. After the sixth competition, it began being held every other year. The 1950s laureate is now in her 90s.Read more »
  • BLOG: Winner of the Maj Lind Piano Competition comes from the front

    The second Maj Lind Piano Competition was held on October 25–26, 1946, exactly one year after the first. Seven pianists entered for the competition, which was won by Tapani Valsta. Read more »
  • 44 pianists have been selected for the competition

    Altogether 44 pianists have been selected for the Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition to be held in Helsinki, Finland on August 17–31, 2017. They represent 16 nationalities.Read more »
  • BLOG: First competition in bombed-scarred Helsinki in 1945

    The very first competitor in the Maj Lind Piano Competition walked onto the platform in the concert hall of the Helsinki Conservatory (later the Sibelius Academy) at 11 am on Friday October 26, 1945. The address was Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 9.Read more »
  • Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition receives 195 applications

    The Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition (August 17–31, 2017) has received 195 applications representing 39 nationalities. Not more than 40 pianists will be accepted for the first round on the basis of video recordings. The names of the successful applicants will be posted on the competition website by May 26 at the latest.Read more »
  • BLOG: Who was Maj Lind?

    Maj Lind lived surrounded by different languages and cultures. She would undoubtedly have delighted in the medley of languages that the piano competition bearing her name will be bringing to the Helsinki Music Centre in August 2017.Read more »
  • Erik T. Tawaststjerna invited to sit on the Van Cliburn Piano Competition Jury

    Professor Erik T. Tawaststjerna has been invited to sit on the jury of the International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, United States. Read more »
  • BLOG: Happy birthday, Maj Lind!

    Many a Finnish pianist has reason to thank Maj Lind. Few of us have met her, and even fewer actually knew her. She was born 141 years ago today.Read more »
  • Tickets on sale now

    Tickets for the Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition (August 17–31, 2017) are now on sale at Ticketmaster. The competition will be held at the Helsinki Music Centre. The names of the 40 successful applicants will be posted on the competition website by May 26 at the latest.Read more »
  • Application for the competition has started

    Application for the Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition (August 17–31, 2017) has started today. The competition is open to all pianists born in or after 1987, regardless of nationality. The first prize is worth €30,000. The competition will be held at the Helsinki Music Centre and be streamed worldwide by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle).Read more »