“The Honens International Piano Competition, based in Canada, prides itself on awarding accomplished pianists who are complete musicians. This may seem a lofty claim, but the Honens has a long list of thoughtful awardees to back it up.”—The New York Times
The 2018 Honens International Piano Competition took place 30 August to 8 September. Ten pianists advanced from the Quarterfinals in Berlin and New York to perform a solo recital and a collaborative concert with Phillip Addis (baritone) and Jonathan Crow (violin). Three pianists advanced to Finals where they each performed a chamber recital with the Azahar Ensemble and a post-Classical concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
On 7 September, Nicolas Namoradze was named 2018 Honens Prize Laureate and was awarded $100,000 CAD and an Artist Development Program valued at a half-million dollars.
Finalists Han Chen and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner each received Raeburn Prizes of $10,000 CAD, and for the first time in Honens’ history an Audience Award of $5,000 CAD was presented to Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner.
The 2021 Honens International Piano Competition takes place 2 to 11 September in Calgary, Canada.