The first International Hans-von-Bülow Piano Competition will be held in July of 2012 in the southern Thuringia town of Meiningen, which is known for having once been the place of work for musicians such as Hans von Bülow, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss and Max Reger. In addition to the categories "children and young adults" and "professionals", the Hans-von-Bülow Society calls for competition entries from musically-gifted amateur pianists, who are not musicians by profession. The category "amateurs" will have an internationally-renowned jury awarding prizes in the sections "piano as a solo instrument and as part of a chamber music duo" and "piano as a solo instrument and piano concerto". The Meiningen Court Orchestra, which reached international fame under the baton of Hans von Bülow in the 19th century, will accompany the piano concerto performances under the direction of its General Music Director Philippe Bach.
Both instrumentation categories offer attractive prizes. Additionally, awardees will be honored in the competition's final concerts, which will be open to the public. Meanwhile, the music town of Meiningen is preparing itself to be an excellent host to musicians from all over the world. The competition will be held at venues that were once frequented by the greatest musicians of their time. Today, a musical exchange between enthusiastic musicians of different nationalities is still something to be strived for.
Details regarding competition modalities, jury members and required repertoire can be found at http://www.buelow-wettbewerb-meiningen.de
. Applications are accepted as of now. The application deadline is March 15, 2012.
It would please us to gain your interest in the competition and to welcome you to Meiningen soon.