Application for the competition starts today

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). The organiser is the Sibelius Academy, the University of the Arts Helsinki.

A work by Kaija Saariaho commissioned for the competition is one of the elective works in the second round.

The deadline for applications is April 24. 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. The order of performance will be decided by lot on August 17. There will be three rounds in the competition, all of them public events. The first round will be held on August 18–22, the second on August 24–25 and the finals on August 27–31: the chamber music finals on August 27 and orchestral finals on August 30–31. The prizes will be awarded after the finals on August 31.

The competition jury will have eight members: Dmitri Bashkirov, Janina Fialkowska, Ralf Gothóni, Ewa Kupiec, Alberto Nosè, Roland Pöntinen, Dang Thai Son and Dina Yoffe. The orchestra in the finals will be the Helsinki Philharmonic conducted by Anna-Maria Helsing. The quartets in the chamber music finals will be the Tempera and the New Helsinki.

Tickets will go on sale at Ticketmaster on February 17, 2017.

The previous winners of the Maj Lind Piano Competition are Alberto Nosè (2002), Sofija Guljak (2007) and Sergei Redkin (2012).

International Maj Lind Piano Competition is named after Maj Lind (née Kopjeff, 1876–1942), a keen music lover, and is funded out of a bequest made by her in her will. The first Maj Lind Competition was held in 1945.

The Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition will be held in Helsinki on August 17–31, 2017. Established as a national event in 1945, the competition was made international in 2002. Young pianists from all over the world meet to compete in Helsinki at five-year intervals. The organiser is the Sibelius Academy, the University of the Arts Helsinki.

More information and the application

Further info

International Maj Lind Piano Competition

Terhi Luukkonen, Secretary General
tel. +358 40 710 4368

Katri Maasalo, Press Officer (part-time)
tel. +358 50 577 2558

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comissioned work by Outi Tarkiainen

The commissioned work for the competition was composed by Outi Tarkiainen. Competitors may, in the second round, alternatively improvise on a theme. The theme is issued 20 minutes before performance.

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