Zürich - "Géza Anda" International Piano Competition
Géza Anda was born in Budapest on November 19, 1921. He studied with Ernst von Dohnányi and Zoltan Kodály at the Budapest Academy of Music, and won the Liszt Prize in 1940.
A year later, shortly after playing Brahms under Mengelberg, he made his debut in the Berlin Philharmonie, where Furtwängler dubbed him "the troubador of the piano". He was only 20 - and had already begun to teach piano. In 1943 he settled in Switzerland. From 1953 to 1955 he gave a masterclass at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and in 1960 he succeeded Edwin Fischer as director of the Lucerne masterclasses. From 1969 he taught in Zürich. He died on 13 June 1976.
Three years later, the first Concours Géza Anda was held, with the aim of encouraging a younger generation of pianists to develop in Anda's spirit.
The Géza Anda Foundation was set up by the pianist's widow, Hortense Anda-Bührle, in 1978, two years after his untimely death. Its object is to promote the development of pianists of the younger generation, and to help them do so in the spirit of Géza Anda.
The main focus of its work is an international piano competition, held every three years in Zürich. There is no shortage of such competitions - but the Concours Géza Anda is unique. It's not just a question of the high-profile names from the world of music who sit on the jury.
What sets it apart is the special way the prize is formulated. The competition does not wash its hands of the prizewinners as soon as the final concert is over and the prize money collected. The Géza Anda Foundation guarantees the prizewinners a certain number of solo engagements in international music centres, and provides free concert management for three years.