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The World of Piano Competitions – issue 2 2023

December 12th, 2023 in Piano Street Site News by

The World of Piano Competitions is a magazine initiated by PIANIST Magazine (Netherlands and Germany) and its Editor-in-Chief Eric Schoones. Here we get a rich insight into the world of international piano competitions through the eyes of its producers and participants.

“We are happy and proud to present to you our 10th edition of The World of Piano Competitions. And the title of this unique magazine was not chosen that badly back in 2019, because piano competitions with their competitors, juries, and many others involved in the background do resemble a very special microcosmos in its own right. A world of beauty, joy and often bitter disappointment, but mostly a world of motivated and passionate musicians trying to give the younger generations a little nudge in the right direction.”
— Eric Schoones

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Contributing Editors: Gustav Alink (Alink-Argerich Foundation), Florian Riem (WFIMC).

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As a collaborating partner Piano Street is happy to share the tenth issue of WOPC with our readers free of charge: The-World-of-Piano-Competitions-issue-2-2023.pdf


Kevin Chen: Meaningful Impact
Janina Fialkowska: Humility and Joy
Ann-Paulin Steigerwald: The heart in the right place

Competition Report
Busoni Competition: Exceptional 64th edition
WFIMC Piano Competitions on five continents

In Profile
International Beethoven Competition
Borderland Chopin International Competition
International Schimmel Competition
Brahms Piano Competition Detmold 2024
Kayserburg International Youth Piano Competition
Carl Bechstein Competition for Children and Young People
ARD International Music Competition

The Venue
Bayreuth: Consecrated ground
Vienna: The Golden touch

The Piano
akustika: The Fair for Music


The piano enjoys a tremendous popularity worldwide and has the universal quality to be able to communicate through cultures, history and geographical borders. The value of piano competitions cannot be overestimated in terms of focus on the piano as an instrument and piano playing. The competition industry engages a multiplicity of concerns including hi-end piano manufacturing, media coverage and broadcast, repertoire spotlight and pedagogy, concert and lecture production and not least, career opportunity and exposure for laureates and non-laureates. All this contributes to a richer cultural life and can powerfully promote the aim we all share: to spread the joy and riches of the art of piano playing.

”Piano music, especially live, is incomparable and can be a great source of joy for players and listeners. We all should strive to allow as many people benefit from it as possible. For that, this edition of The World of Piano Competition is an excellent form of encouragement. I hope its message spreads widely! I wish everyone much joy reading it and, later on, attending a concert!”
— Guido Zimmermann, President Steinway & Sons Europe

is published twice a year by PIANIST, as a part of the regular edition, and also worldwide as a separate magazine.

PIANIST (regular edition) is published four times a year in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands and Belgium.

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