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.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pavel Kolesnikov, Russia

  • Luca Buratto, Italy

  • Nicolas Namoradze, Georgia