Honens International Piano Competition

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Canada's Honens International Piano Competition is a leader in discovering and launching the careers of young concert pianists. It searches for what it describes as "Complete Artists – 21st century musicians for 21st century audiences" – and awards its Laureates the competition world's largest cash prize and most comprehensive artistic and career development program. In 1991, philanthropist and music enthusiast Esther Honens made a gift of $5 million towards her dream of building one of the world's great piano competitions in Calgary, Alberta. Formerly known as the Esther Honens International Piano Competition, the Competition took place every four years from 1992 to 2000 and then switched to a three-year cycle thereafter. The current top cash award totals $100,000 can. The Eighth Honens International Piano Competition takes place in 2015.

Competition Laureates[edit]

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.


Pavel Kolesnikov, Russia


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


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


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


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


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


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

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