Repertoire of the competition.

Having questions regarding our repertioire? Read interview with the Competition Director talking about the repertoire requirements of the Grieg competition at this site

Pre-qualification video:

  • One first movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven (Op. 22 or earlier)
  • One Lyric Piece by Edvard Grieg
  • One virtuoso etude
  • Free solo repertoire

Maximum total duration: 25 min

Round 1:

  • One movement from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46 or No. 2 Op. 55 by Edvard Grieg
  • One Peasant Dance from Op. 72 by Edvard Grieg
  • One virtuoso etude
  • Free solo repertoire

Total duration: 35 min

Round 2:

  • Free solo repertoire
  • ​MAY also be included in this round:
    - Christian Blom: Sommerfugl / Butterfly (ca 4 min). Download the piece here.
    (for further reference: download the whole set of pieces here)

Total duration: 35 min

Prize for best performance of Christian Blom's Butterfly may be given after the 2nd Round: 1000 euro


  • Two of the following songs by Edvard Grieg (in the original key):
    - Takk for ditt råd / Say What You Will, Op. 21 No. 4
    - Zur Rosenzeit / The Time of Roses, Op. 48 No. 5
    - Liden Kirsten / Little Kirsten, Op. 60 No. 1
    - Ved Gjætle-bekken  / At the Brook, Op. 67 No. 8
  • Free solo repertoire
  • The contestants MAY also include one substantial work by Edvard Grieg:
    - The Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7
    - Twenty-five Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances, Op. 17
    - Pictures from Folk Life, Op. 19
    - Ballade in G minor, Op. 24
    - Holberg Suite, Op. 40
    - Nineteen Norwegian Folk Songs, Op. 66
    - Moods, Op. 73
    - One complete opus of Lyric Pieces

Total duration: 50 min

*The soprano Ann-Helen Moen will perform together with the contestants in the Semi-final.
Prize for best performance of a substantial work for piano solo by Edvard Grieg may be given after the Semi-final: 2500 euro

The contestants play one of the following piano concertos in the Grieg Hall with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
  • Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major
  • Sergei Rachmaninov:
    - Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1 (the 1919 version)
    - Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
  • Harald Sæverud: Piano Concerto, Op. 31
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

Please note that repetition of pieces is not allowed in any rounds of the competition.
The pre-qualification video is regarded as one round of the competition.