2012 was the first year the International Edvard Grieg Competition was held at Edvard Grieg’s home in Bergen.
In 2000 professor Einar Steen-Nøkleberg founded the Piano Competition “Concours Grieg” in Oslo. The competition has been a joint venture between European Piano Teacher’s Association, Oslo Music Teacher’s Association and Oslo Grieg Society, and has been arranged every year since the very beginning. The level of the competitors has been extraordinary high every year, so has the number of participants.
From 2000 till 2011 the competition was located at the State Academy of Music in Oslo, and according to the Solo Competition, it was for many years also arranged competitions for 4-hands and for two Pianos. In 2012 the Competition was moved to Edvard Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen in Bergen. With this move, the prizes have increased, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra has entered as the Orchestra for the Final Round, and the whole arrangement has become more substantial. The competition became a member of Alink-Argerich Foundation in 2004 and the name of the competition today is: The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition. The 14th International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition will be arranged from 11-18 October, 2014.
1st Prize: Sasha Grynyuk, Ukraine
2nd Prize: Anton Igubnov, Russia
3rd Prize: Mamikon Nakhapetov, Georgia
Audience Prize: Anton Igubnov, Russia
Prize for best performance of the new piece by Lasse Thoresen: Mamikon Nakhapetov, Georgia
Prize for best performance of solo piano music by Edvard Grieg: Sasha Grynyuk, Ukraine
From left: 2nd Prize winner Anton Igubnov, 1st Prize winner Sasha Grynyuk and 3rd Prize winner Mamikon Nakhapetov in the Grieg Hall after the Announcement of the final results. (Photo by Dag Fosse)