The competition on authentic historic fortepianos and square pianos
for early career professional fortepianists and promising conservatory students
from 18th till 22nd October 2017
This competition intends to stimulate young fortepianists to perform on historic fortepianos. It is part of the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, which is annually organised by the Geelvinck Museum around the Geelvinck Collection of historic pianos and early keyboards, including the Sweelinck Collection.
The competition includes two separate parts:
1. Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition
with the following awards:
– Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours First Prize 2017
– Romain d’Ansembourg Encouragement Award 2017 (Stimuleringsprijs)
– Geelvinck Audience Award 2017 (Publieksprijs)
2. Geelvinck Square Piano Competition
with the following award:
– Stanley Hoogland Square Piano Award 2017
The fortepiano competition consists of four rounds:
Preliminary Round (virtual) – until Sunday 1st October
The jury chooses a maximum of twelve candidates.
First Round – Wednesday 18th October
The candidates are requested to perform on an early fortepiano.
The jury chooses a maximum of six of the best candidates for the second round.
Second Round – Thursday 19th October
The remaining candidates are requested to perform on an early square piano and on a later fortegrand.
The jury chooses a maximum of three of the best candidates for the final round.
Final Round – Sunday 22nd October
Each of the remaining candidates (finalists) performs on a early fortepiano together with an ensemble.
The square piano competition consists of one round:
Square Piano Round – Friday 20th October
The candidates are requested to perform on three square pianos: an early 18th century square piano, an early 19th century square piano and a late (mid- 19th century) square piano.
Concert by the winners and finalists
The winners of both competitions, as well as the finalists of the fortepiano competition, are requested to perform a public concert on Sunday evening 22nd October.
On the 23rd and 24th October, there will be public masterclasses for fortepiano, square piano and clavichord. Candidates are offered to participate by preference. Please indicate your interest in participating well in advance.
Open for the public
The performances of the competition program are open for the general public.
Dates and Places
The competition takes place in Zutphen at the Geelvinck Music Museum.
The exact places will be announced on this website in due time.
The dates of the competition – 18th till 22nd 2017 – are fixed, but the dates of the rounds maybe still subject to change within this time bracket.