Bergen - International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition
The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition is one of the world’s leading competitions for young pianists. The competition was founded to provide an opportunity for some of the world’s best young musical talent to compete and to celebrate the work of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907).
In 2000 professor Einar Steen-Nøkleberg founded the piano competition “Concours Grieg” in Oslo, a joint venture between European Piano Teachers' Association, Oslo Music Teachers' Association and Oslo Grieg Society.
From 2000 till 2011 the competition was located at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. In 2012 the competition was moved to Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen in Bergen and renamed "The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition". With this move, the prizes increased and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra entered as the orchestra for the final round, and as an important partner. Since 2014, the foundation Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen has been the main sponsor and exclusive private contributor of Grieg Competition.
Organised by KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, the competition is held at composer Edvard Grieg’s historic home Troldhaugen in Bergen which has hosted the competition since 2012. The key ambition for today’s organization is 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 International Edvard Grieg Piano 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.