The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announce their support for the Edvard Grieg piano competition
Monday the ministry announced that they will be contributing a significant sum to the contest, and thereby join the growing ranks of official and private supporters of the event. Director of Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen and head of the competition, Ingrid Røynesdal, is highly satisfied with the recent display of generosity.
– That the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are willing to make a contribution is an important vouch of confidence for the competition, and underscores the fact that this is a significant event for Norway both nationally and internationally, says Røynesdal.
The contest “The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition” takes place at Troldhaugen for the very first time between the 1st and the 8th of September this year. Pianists aged 17-33 from all corners of the world are invited to apply, but after a thorough examination, only 30 of them will be allowed to participate in the competition. In Bergen they will be performing for a jury consisting of A-list pianists, among them Leif Ove Andsnes, Canadian Marc-André Hamelin, up-and-coming Sa Chen from China and Einar Steen-Nøkleberg.
The event is a collaboration between many of Bergen’s institutions and key players. The competition will among others be working closely with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be accompanying the finalists. The grand finale takes place in Grieghallen on 8 September.
Application deadline in May
The application deadline for those who wish to take part in the competition is 1 May, and a list of the 30 qualifying participants will be published on 1 June. For more information, see www.griegcompetition.com