Everything you need to know about The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition!

World-class piano music, 30 pianists from 15 countries, free entrance to preliminary rounds, a recital in Håkonshallen and the thrilling final – join us!

What is this piano competition all about?
The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition is a biennial competition arranged by the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen in Bergen, Norway. The level of the competitors has been extraordinary high every year, so has the number of participants. Winning this competition can help the pianist make his or hers international break-through.

How can I follow the competition as a member of the audience?
The competition begins Saturday September 3, at Troldhaugen. The first daily, preliminary rounds of the competition take place here, with free entrance for all audience. Spend the whole day at Troldhaugen or «drop by» - the competition begins in the morning and will last all day. Every day will start and finish off with a Listeners´ forum, with talks and discussions on the competition.

What will I have to know about piano music before joining as audience?
Nothing! You are welcome to follow the competition with open ears and to experience world-class piano music, regardless of foreknowledge. This year we offer audience the chance to take part of a «Listeners´ class» before the competition (only in Norwegian), where you can learn about piano music and what separates one pianist from another. By joining this class you will be ready and prepared to follow the competition with a more experienced sense of listening to piano music.

Who is playing the recital in Håkonshallen September 9?
Seong-Jin Cho, last year’s winner of the Chopin Competition, gives a recital in the medieval castle ‘Håkonshallen' in Bergen, the night before the competition final.
The 22-year old Korean pianist was brought to the world’s attention when he won the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition last year. With his overwhelming talent and natural musicality, Cho is now rapidly embarking on a world-class career and is considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. 

How is the competition concluded?
The thrilling final takes place in Grieghallen September 10 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Here the remaining three pianists will deliver dazzling performances, competing for high-stakes prizes and being judged by an august jury. You also get the chance to vote for your favourite for the Audience prize – maybe «your» pianist will be the winner of the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition?

Welcome!

More information about the audience program and how to get around 

Tickets for the recital in Håkonshallen at this site

Tickets for the final in Grieghallen at this site