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Honens International Piano Competition



The Honens International Piano Competition is a classical piano competition held in Calgary, Canada. It took place every four years from 1992 to 2000, and then switched to a three-year cycle thereafter. It awards one of the world's largest competition prizes in classical music—$100,000 (Canadian dollars) and a comprehensive, three-year Artist Development Program, which includes artistic and career guidance and support, worldwide representation for three years, debut recitals in major career-building markets, residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, production of professional recordings released globally on the Honens, Steinway, and Hyperion labels, as well as valuable coaching and mentorship opportunities.

The Competition has been a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions since 1998.

Laureates

The Honens International Piano Competition named between three and five Laureates up to and including its 2009 competition. Starting in 2012, it switched to a sole Prize Laureate system.

1992
  • Yi Wu, Argentina/China
  • Krzysztof Jablonski, Poland
  • Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, France
  • Sergei Babayan, Armenia
  • Dmitry Nesterov, Russia

    1996
  • Maxim Philippov, Russia
  • Albert Tiu, Philippines
  • Eugene Watanabe, United States

    2000
  • Katherine Chi, Canada
  • Marko Martin, Estonia
  • Alessandra Maria Ammara, Italy

    2003
  • Xiang Zou, China
  • Winston Choi, Canada
  • Roberto Plano, Italy

    2006
  • Minsoo Sohn, South Korea
  • Hinrich Alpers, Germany
  • Hong Xu, China

    2009
  • Georgy Tchaidze, Russia
  • Evgeny Starodubtsev, Russia
  • Gilles Vonsattel, Switzerland

    2012
  • Pavel Kolesnikov, Russia

    2015
  • Luca Buratto, Italy

    2018
  • Nicolas Namoradze, Georgia