The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition

The 16th International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition, 1-9 September 2018.

Welcome to the 16th International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition! 

Since the competition was arranged in Bergen for the first time in 2012, it has gained an international reputation as a first-class competition, with generous prizes, outstanding jury members, transparent judging and an excellent partnership with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

We aim to make the Grieg Competition something more: a personal and inclusive gathering for pianists in the home town of Edvard Grieg. We hope our participants will build a relationship to Grieg, to our musical institutions, and to the Norwegian audience. We welcome them to experience the Norwegian landscape, our musical traditions and today’s most important performers and composers. We hereby express our thanks to all our Norwegian contributors, host families, concert organizers and volunteers for creating this special concept and atmosphere of the Grieg Competition.

Not least, we express profound thanks to Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen, the competition’s main sponsor and sole private contributor. The foundation’s generous support since 2012 has made it possible to develop the Grieg Competition into an international musical event in Grieg’s home town, providing young musicians with career opportunities and keeping the musical heritage of Edvard Grieg very much alive.

Enjoy the competition! Remember to vote for your own favourite!

Sigurd Sverdrup Sandmo,
Competition Director