“So many piano competitions, so little time. Canada’s Honens Competition, however, may be on to something.”—The New Yorker
The Honens International Piano Competition takes place every three years and is considered one of the world’s most prestigious events of its kind. Honens prepares its Laureates for the rigours and realities of professional careers in music and creates opportunities for growth and exposure. The annual Honens Festival is one of Canada’s premier classical music events, intended to share Mrs. Honens’ love of world renowned music with Albertans every year.
Esther Honens created a legacy of musical excellence to be enjoyed for generations. In 1991, knowing she was near the end of her life, Mrs. Honens gave $5 million to endow an international piano competition in her hometown of Calgary, Canada. Her generosity, vision, and love of music continue to touch the lives of Calgarians, Canadians, musicians, and music-lovers around the world.
Honens Legacy Partners support the ongoing growth and development of Esther Honens’ vision by securing the organization’s future. The Legacy Partners Endowment Fund enables Honens to provide wide-reaching programming through its annual festival, and other enriching community education and outreach initiatives.
In the spirit of respect and reconciliation, Honens acknowledges that the important and sacred land on which we live, create, and perform is the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai (Blood) Nations; the Stoney-Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley Nations; and the Tsuut’ina Nation, and all the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
Honens is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Moh’kins’tsis,” which we now call the City of Calgary.
As participants now gathered here, we honour our ancestors by recognizing that we have ongoing responsibilities to protect and honour all of life within our shared reality as treaty people.