The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition

Publish Date: Jan 26, 2016

Deadline: May 02, 2016

The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition

Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen has the great pleasure of inviting pianists and visitors from all over the world to the 15th International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition which is organized by the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen and will be held in Bergen, Norway, 2-10 September 2016. The Competition is open to all pianists of all nationalities born in the years 1983-1999. Selection and participation in the Competition is conditional on a candidate submitting the required documents and recordings by: 2 May 2016 at 4.00 pm. 

Application Process

All application documents (or translations thereof) must be submitted in Norwegian, English or German by: 2 May 2016 at 4.00 pm.  Applications that are either late or incomplete will not be accepted. Submitted application materials will not be returned. Candidates will be notified of the receipt of their applications. Each application will be assessed by the Admissions Committee, which is comprised of renowned Norwegian musicians. Those candidates who have been selected to participate in the Competition will be notified by: On or before 15 May 2016.

Please send your application by e-mail to:

Please provide the following information:

1. Your full name
2. Your name as you want it to appear in the competition program
3. Present citizenship
4. Postal address
5. Phone numbers (including your mobile number if applicable)
6. E-mail address
7. Please specify whether you need an invitation letter in order to obtain a Visa to the EU/Schengen area.
8. Link(s) to the pre-qualification video(s) (maximum duration: 25 minutes, see the Repertoire section for requirements)

Do also include the following attachments:

1. A copy of your passport (to prove your date of birth)
2. Your CV
3. Program for all rounds of the competition, including the pre-qualification video(s), together with durations of each piece
4. A high-resolution photo (please write the name of the photographer if he or she wishes to be credited)

The pre-qualification video(s) should be posted on YouTube as "unlisted" or "public", but not "private". By appointment with the competition you may also send the video(s) by a file sending service or as a DVD by ordinary mail. It is possible to use different recordings for different pieces (live recordings are also accepted), as soon as the required repertoire is included. Editing within one piece is not allowed. 

For the application to be considered, an application fee of EURO 100 must be paid together with your application. The application fee will be refunded to the selected participants who take part in the Competition in Bergen. The application fee may be paid by Paypal to: or to our bank account:

Account name: KODE Kunstmuseene i Bergen
Bank address: DNB NOR Bank asa,
0021 Oslo, Norway
IBAN: NO49 5082 0754 228 BIC (Swift): DNBANOKK.

Please mark your payment "Grieg Competition". If you are not certain that the application fee will be credited by 2 May 2016, you may include a receipt of the payment with your application, evidencing payment prior to the application deadline. Your application and application fee must arrive at Troldhaugen by 4.00 pm CEST on 2 May 2016.
 We will send you an e-mail confirmation upon receipt of your complete application.



Competitors are required to register with the Competition Secretariat, no later than: 2 September 2016. The Competition will consist of four rounds, as follows:

• In principle, thirty (30) candidates will be selected to compete in Round 1 of the Competition;
• In principle, twelve (12) competitors will be selected to compete in Round 2;
• In principle, six (6) will be selected to compete in the Semi-final Round; and
• No more than three (3) will be selected to compete in the Final Round.

The Competition Repertoire must be played from memory, except from Christian Blom's Butterfly in Round 2 (if chosen), the Edvard Grieg songs in the Semi-final, Harald Sæverud's Piano Concerto in the Final Round (if chosen), and modern piano pieces by appointment with the Competition. A competitor may only alter his/her program for any round of the Competition by informing the Competition Secretariat of the change by: 1 August 2016.

Candidates selected to participate in the Competition are required to pay for their own travel expenses to and from Bergen. Competitors who advance to the Semi-final, but do not advance to the Final will be given a prize of 1000 euro. Competitors who advance to Round 2, but do not advance to the Semi-final, will be given the opportunity to play on a concert in the city of Bergen on the day of the Semi-final receiving a fee of 500 euro. The fee will be paid according to Norwegian tax regulations. Competitors who do not advance to the Round 2 will be given the opportunity to play on a concert in the Hordaland County on the day of Round 2 receiving a fee of 500 euro. The fee will be paid according to Norwegian tax regulations. All competitors will be provided with free private accommodation during the week of the Competition.

Practice instruments will be made available to all competitors, but for limited hours every day of the competition. Semi-finalists are assured of one rehearsal with the singer. Finalists are assured of at least one rehearsal with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.  The playing order of the competitors for Round 1 of the Competition will be drawn in public, at the opening reception on: 2 September 2016 at 5 p.m.  All competitors must be present. The Competition Office has the right to make changes to the order of the competitors on any particular day, for organizational or programming purposes.

Competitors cede to the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, without remuneration, the rights to the following:
• The performance of works during the Competition; and
• The photographic and recorded images taken during participation in the Competition.

These rights are unlimited in time and space for the following purposes:
• Recording;
• Reproduction (all forms);
• Trading;
• Placing on computer memory, internet or other networks;
• Public play-back and performance;
• Exhibiting;
• Screening;
• Renting;
• Leasing; 
• Broadcasting by wired or wireless sound or vision by terrestrial or satellite stations; and
• Simultaneous and integral radio and television transmission and retransmission.

In all matters connected with the actual Competition beyond the competence of the Jury, the Competition Director’s decisions are final.

Jury 2016

  • Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Marianna Shirinyan
  • Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  • Ya Fei-Chuang
  • Antonio Pompa-Baldi
  • Jan Jiracek von Arnim
  • Hiroko Nakamura


The Jury assesses the interpretations of each competitor on the basis of the Jury Rules, which will be made public prior to the Competition. The Jury awards regulation prizes, special prizes and distinctions. In addition, an Audience Prize and an Orchestra's Prize will be awarded in the Final Round of the Competition.

The finalists will be awarded the following prizes:

First Prize 30.000 euro
Second Prize 20.000 euro
Third Prize 10.000 euro

The Jury’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal. All questions: 

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