Please read the ''Rules & Regulations'', ''Repertoire'' and ''Video Instructions'' documents before applying.
Liszt Utrecht actively presents, develops and promotes piano talents from around the world. And by doing so it has become one of the prominent gateways to the international professional classical music scene for young musicians.
Starting point is the triennial International Liszt Competition, held at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands. The Competition was founded in 1986 and since has built a reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions. As of the edition in 2022 the competition has a new structure in place, which focuses less on the competing part and gives more opportunities to the participating pianists to showcase their artistry to an international audience.
Liszt Utrecht consists of five phases. The first phase is the online selection round, where candidates are judged based on videos. Forty candidates are invited for the second phase, the live selection rounds with public sessions in Utrecht, nine months prior to the competition. Each performing a 40 minute recital. Ten will be selected for participation in the next two phases. First, an ‘academy’ where they will be able to fine tune their repertoire with well-known Liszt experts, followed three months later by the Festival, where each of the ten pianists perform four recitals. One recital devoted to original compositions of Franz Liszt, one to transcriptions of works of Franz Schubert, one to chamber music and one to songs. The last two include works of both composers, as well as a new commissioned work of Dutch composer Mathilde Wantenaar. What makes it truly a festival is that it is no longer set-up in rounds, but it consists of fixed type of concerts on certain times of the day.
The fifth phase is ‘the Finals’, where the three winners of the competition are presented to the world during a performance with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
What sets the Liszt Utrecht apart from colleagues is the extensive Career Development Programme that is offered to its winners. For a period of three years the competition works closely with all three winners, providing management (with over 300 concerts in 35 countries), professional coaching (f.i. media- and stage presence training), publicity (website, press-kit, cds, etc.) and continuous mentorship. Winners of the competition will get hand-on experience what it is to be a professional traveling musician, build an international network and develop as artist and person by learning first hand about the (musical) world.
Liszt Utrecht has a ‘difficult-but-human’ reputation. The wishes and needs of the participants are central to the the organization, who make every effort to ensure that participating in Liszt Utrecht does not become more of a burden than it already is on the young pianists. Liszt Utrecht doesn’t regard itself as a real competition, but rather as a stage that offers up-and-coming artists the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills, artistry and versatility and convince audiences and arts professionals, both in the venue and online. On stage and off stage.
Even more so, to demonstrate that Liszt Utrecht takes its participants seriously, it is offering a fee for their performances both during the live selection round and the Festival phase.
Previous winners include Enrico Pace (1989), Igor Roma (1996), Yundi Li (1999), Yingdi Sun (2005), Vitaly Pisarenko (2008), Nino Gvetadze (2008), Mariam Batsashvili (2014) and Alexander Ullman (2017).
Repertoire for the Live Selection Rounds ( 7 - 9 January 2022).
A solo recital of maximum 40 minutes free choice of Liszt’s works, but including one item from Category A and one from Category B and one from Category C. Please select one item from Category A:
Please select one item from Category B:
One of the following Liszt song transcriptions from 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558. Please select one item from Category C:
Fill in your free choice of Liszt's works for the live selection round repertoire:
Including category A,B and C the maximum duration is 40 minutes.
Video(s) required for pre-selection purposes only (details below). Does not replace the live audition.
Please read the ''Video instructions'' document.