Application submissions are accepted from 1 February to 8 November 2020. Applicants are evaluated on their proposed Competition programming, experience relative to age, and confidential reference letters.
Each Quarterfinalist performs a 40-minute solo recital and 10-minute interview with an arts journalist in either New York or Berlin in mid- to late- June 2021*. Quarterfinal recitals are not open to the public. See the pianists selected for the Quarterfinals.
Each Semifinalist performs in two separate rounds.
A 65-minute solo recital which must include a newly commissioned work by Canadian pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear.
A 60-minute solo / collaborative recital which must include one of Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas, one piece from Fritz Kreisler’s Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen, and solo repertoire to complete the program.
Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major Op. 12, No. 1
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major Op. 12, No. 2
Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat Major Op. 12, No. 3
Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor Op. 23
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major Op. 24 “Spring”
Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major Op. 30, No. 1
Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30, No. 2
Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major Op. 30, No. 3
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major Op. 47 “Kreutzer”
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major Op. 96
Kreisler (fr. Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen)
Each Finalist performs in two separate rounds and undertakes a 30-minute interview with an arts journalist.
A chamber music recital which must include a Mozart concerto (from a prescribed list) with a string quintet, and a set of Schubert lieder (from a prescribed list) with a soprano.
Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major KV 413
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major KV 414
Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major KV 415
Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major KV 449
Die Forelle D. 550 (D-flat Major)
Du Bist die Ruh D. 776 (E-flat Major)
Der Erlkönig D. 328 (G minor)
Gretchen am Spinnrade D. 118 (D minor)
Nacht und Träume D. 827 (B Major)
Die junge Nonne D. 828 (F minor)
Any concerto composed after 1791 with full orchestra.
*National lockdowns, imposed quarantine periods, and increased travel restrictions have made it impossible for most arts organizations to proceed with their programs and events in the timelines that were originally planned.
For these reasons, and to ensure the continued good health and safety of all involved, Honens has made the difficult decision to postpone its 2021 Quarterfinals. These recitals, which were scheduled to take place in Berlin and New York in March, will now take place in mid- to late- June. As plans are still being developed, more specific information will be shared as soon as it is available.
Semifinal and Final rounds are scheduled to take place in Calgary in October 2021.