Maria Canals International Music Competition

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The Maria Canals International Music Competition (Catalan: Concurs Internacional de Música Maria Canals Barcelona, IPA: [kuŋˈkurs intərnəsiuˈnaɫ də ˈmuzikə məɾi.ə kəˈnaɫz βərsəɫonə]) is a music competition held yearly in the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona. It was founded as a piano competition in 1954, but in 1964 it was expanded so other modalities could be held occasionally.[1][2]

It was founded in 1954 by the Catalan pianist Maria Remei Canals i Cendrós (1913-2010) and her husband, the composer and writer Rossend Llates (1899–1973).[3] Since 1954, the Competition has welcomed over 7,000 participants from 100 countries and 180 jury members from all over the world.[4] It became a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in 1958.[5]

The Maria Canals competition, for which artists such as Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies and Joan Clavé have made publicity posters, was declared to be of public utility by the Spanish Interior Ministry in 1996.

Commentaries on the competition[edit]

Pianist performing at Avinguda Diagonal, as part of the Maria Canals competition event in 2015.
Pianist performing at Diagonal metrostation, as part of the Maria Canals competition event in 2017.
  • Of the multitude of international piano competitions, it is comforting to note that a competition like the Maria Canals at Barcelona, in which the piano is judged purely on a musical level, in which the player cannot forget the essential thing, interpretation, that such a competition takes on greater importance every year. Musicians can only praise and thank Maria Canals for her initiative. For my part, I can only warmly salute not only the longevity of this competition, but its ever more important participation in that magnificent combat in which, nobly and with exemplary probity, the artists of the future - those who will pick up the baton from their elders - face each other. - Vlado Perlemuter, 1964.[6]
  • Those of us who follow the Barcelonan musical life can't forget the ascendant evolution of the Maria Canals International Music Competition, initiated in 1954, which has turned into one of the most important European competitions. In celebrating its 40th anniversary we can state that many performers of the highest level have arisen from the competition, such a thing having contributed to expand the prestige of Barcelona as an artistic city. - Xavier Montsalvatge, 2004.[7]

Prize Winners[edit]

Piano[8]
1954 1st prize (men) 1st prize (women)
Spain Miquel Farré Spain Maria Neus Miró
1956 Grand prize 1st prize (men) (ex-a.) 1st prize (women) (ex-a.)
Not awarded West Germany Klaus Börner Switzerland Aline Demierre
Italy Giorgio Radicula Spain Núria Escofet
1957 Grand prize 1st prize (men) 1st prize (women)
Not awarded Italy Alberto Colombo France Thérèse Castaigne
1958 1st prize
France Françoise Thinat
1959 1st prize 2nd prize (men) 2nd prize (women)
Not awarded Switzerland Jean-Jacques Hauser Japan Yoko Ikeda
1960 1st prize
Poland Andrzej Jasiński
1961 1st prize
France Catherine Silie
1962 1st prize
Uruguay Dinorah Varsi
1963 1st prize 2nd prize (men) 2nd prize (women)
Not awarded Poland Jerzy Vajek France Françoise Parrot
1964 1st prize
Sweden Dag Achatz
1965 1st prize
United States James Tocco
1966 1st prize
Spain Leonora Milà
1967 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded Italy Franco Angeleri
France Jacques Rouvier
1968 1st prize
Argentina Christina Viñas
1969 1st prize
United States Joseph W. Fennimore
1970 1st prize
Peru Lupe Parrondo
1971 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded Poland Ewa Bukojemska
France Yves Noack
1972 1st prize
Hungary Klára Barányi
1973 1st prize
United States Jonathan M. Purvin
1974 1st prize 2nd prize by unanimity 2nd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Blanca Bodalla Japan Akira Imai
France Pierre Réach
1975 1st prize 2nd prize (men) (ex-a.) 2nd prize (women)
Not awarded Italy Raimondo Campisi United States Marioaran Trifan
Italy Roberto Capello
Italy Andrea Bonatta
1976 1st prize 2nd prize
Japan Yasuto Sugimoto Poland Elza Kolodin
1977 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
West Germany Arnulf von Arnim South Korea Chung-Myung Kim Argentina Silvia Natiello
Israel Carmen Or
1978 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
France Bernard d'Ascoli France Erik Berchot Japan Ruriko Kikuchi
1979 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
Not awarded France Yves Rault Italy Mario Bosselli
Hungary Christine Kiss
1980 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Soviet Union Yuri Rosum France Cathérine Joly Hungary Akos Hernadi
1981 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
Not awarded Japan Kazuoki Fujii Brazil José Carlos Cocarelli
France Michel Gal
1982 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Japan Hiromi Okada Hungary Karoly Mocsari Japan Yuki Matsuzawa
1983 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize Special prize
Not awarded West Germany Bernd Glemser Italy Antonella Vignali Spain Marcelino López
Japan Kyoko Koyama
1984 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
Not awarded Japan Rie Konishi Bulgaria Galina Vratcheva
France Pascal Le Corre
1985 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
Not awarded West Germany Detlef Kaiser Romania Constantin Sandu
Australia Ian Munro
1986 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize Special prize
Japan Chiharu Sakai France Carole Carniel Japan Nobuyuki Nagaoka Spain Ignacio Marín
1987 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded United Kingdom Christopher Oakden Japan Keiko Nakai
France Alexandre Tharaud
1988 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize Special prize
China Zhong Xu France Olivier Cazal Japan Junko Saito Spain José Ramón Méndez
1989 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize Special prize
Argentina Gerardo Vila France Christophe Simonet Japan Yukiko Hori Spain Miquel Jorba
1990 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
France Mathieu Papadiamandis Not awarded Philippines Jovianney E. Cruz
Soviet Union Andrei Fadeev
1991 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Soviet Union Yuri Martinov Japan Yuko Nakamichi Germany Eva-Maria Rieckert
1992 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Latvia Armands Ābols Japan Akiko Kato Japan Tomoko Doi
1993 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Israel Amir Katz Spain Gustavo Díaz-Jerez Poland Rafal Luszczewski
1994 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Russia Sviatoslav Lips Belarus Dmitri Morozov France Frederik Lagarde
Japan Yoko Takemura
1995 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
South Korea Won Kim Japan Keiji Serizawa Russia Yulia Botchkovskaia
Germany Birgita Wollenweber
1996 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded Germany Jan Gottlieb Jiracek Israel Saar Ahuvia
Japan Kiyo Wada
1997 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize Special prize
Not awarded Japan Elina Hata Canada Li Wang South Korea Young-Ha Chung
Japan Ayako Kawai
1998 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.) Special prize
Hungary Peter Koczor Japan Takahiro Mita Japan Miwako Takeda France Vicent Larderet
United Kingdom Anthony Zerpa-Falcon
1999 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Russia Kirill Gerstein Japan Ayako Kimura South Korea Sung-Hoon Hwang
2000 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Japan Yusuke Kikuchi Romania Ferenc Vizi Poland Piotr Kupka
France Fabrice Lanoë
2001 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
Japan Yurie Miura United Kingdom Mel Adkins Japan Mayako Asada
Russia Ekaterina Krivokochenko
2002 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
United Kingdom Viv McLean Russia Alexandre Moutouzkine China Yun-Yang Lee
South Korea Kook Hee Hong
2003 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Ukraine Israel Inesa Synkevich Japan Yosuke Niino South Korea Sowon Hwang
2004 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Poland Piotr Machnik China Yi-Chih Lu Romania Matei Varga
2005 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
China Jue Wang Japan Yukiko Akagi Japan Fumiyo Kawamura
2006 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Spain José Enrique Bagaría France Marie Vermeuil New Zealand Mi-Yeon I
2007 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.)
Serbia Mladen Čolić Czech Republic Veronika Böhmova United States Marisa Gupta
2008 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Croatia Martina Filjak Russia Ilya Maksimov Japan Jun Ishimura
2009 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Latvia Vestards Šimkus South Korea Jong Yun Kim Italy Scipione Sangiovanni
2010 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Ukraine Denis Zhdanov Russia Olga Kozlova Finland Marko Hilpo
2011 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Poland Mateusz Borowiak Russia Alexey Lebedev Russia Alexey Chernov
2012 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
South Korea Soo Jung Ann Japan Nozomi Nakagiri Ukraine Vadym Kholodenko
2013 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Ukraine Russia Stanislav Khristenko Japan Tomoaki Yoshida South Korea Haejae Kim
2014 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Ukraine Regina Chernychko Russia Sergey Belyavskiy Russia Tatiana Chernichka
2015 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Ukraine Danylo Saienko South Korea Minsung Lee Germany Caterina Grewe
Chamber Music (1970–87) and Duo-Sonatas (1996 and later)[8]
1970 1st prize
Spain Fernando Puchol and Pedro León
1973 1st prize 2nd prize by unanimity
Not awarded West Germany Dieter Lallinger and Jürgen Besig
1980 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
West Germany Roland Straumer and Olaf Dressler Japan Izumi Komoriya and Taisuko Yamashita Spain Juan Llinares and Italy Ludovica Mosca
1987 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
East Germany Michael Sanderling and Gerald Fauth Japan Senoko Numata and Akemi Tadenuma France Pierre Luc Denuit and Sylvie Barret
1996 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
United States Avi Downes and Shana Downes Japan Aya Yoshii and Yoko Yoshihara Russia Maria Belousova and Poland Katarzyna Ewald
1999 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Germany Florian Wiek and Justus Grimm Japan Akiko Okabe and Yuko Aragaki Germany Isabel Gabbe and France Leslie Riva
Japan Kyoko Sasaki and Eriko Iso
2004 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
South Korea Eung Soo Kim and Moon Young Chae Belarus Igor Bobowitsch and Ukraine Elena Kolesnichenko France Julien Beaudiment and Laetitia Bougnol
Spain Katia Novell and Venezuela Luis Parés
Flute[8]
1968 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded France Lô Angelloz
Switzerland Teresita Frey
1972 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded France Christine Turellier
West Germany Edelgard Seeman
1978 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
Not awarded Japan Masayoshi Enokida Poland Jadwiga Kotnowska
France Philippe Pierlot
1983 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize Special Prize
Hungary Erika Sebök Japan Motoaki Kato Hungary Monika Hegedüs Spain Vicenç Prats
1988 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
Soviet Union Dita Krenberga France Christel Rayneau Soviet Union Natalia Setchkareva
Hungary Iren More
1994 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Russia Natalia Danilina Japan Atsuko Koga France Maryse Graciet
1998 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Russia Olesia Tertychnaia Italy Christian Farroni Japan Kaori Fujii
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Gavric
2001 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Italy Francesca Canali South Korea Hyun-im Yoon Austria Petra Orgl
Guitar[8]
1969 1st prize 2nd prize
Not awarded West Germany Wolfgang Lendle
1974 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
France Marie Thérèse Ghirardi Brazil Dagoberto Linhares Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dušan Bogdanović
1979 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Uruguay Leonardo Palacios United Kingdom William Waters Spain Guillermo Pérez
1981 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Spain Gabriel García Santos Japan Shin-Ichi Fukuda Australia Nicholas Petrou
1985 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Italy Stefano Cardi Netherlands Han Jonkers Japan Keiko Fujii
1989 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Netherlands Esther-Helena Steenbergen Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia István Römer Soviet Union Vladimir Tervo
1992 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Bulgaria George Vassilev Spain Xavier Coll Japan Daisuke Suzuki
1997 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Italy Sara Gianfelici Italy Lorenzo Micheli South Korea Daekun Jang
Percussion[8]
1982 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize Special prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded West Germany Axel Fries Japan Shin-ichi Ueno Spain Jordi Mestres
West Germany Peter Sadlo Spain Santiago Molas
1990 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
Spain Ramón Alsina Germany Armin Weigert Germany Stefan Eblenkamp
Spain Ignasi Vila
Trio[8]
2009 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Trio Demian Trio Quintillian Trio Monte
Violin[8]
1964 1st prize
Argentina Rubén González
1967 1st prize
Belgium Edith Volckaert
1971 1st prize
Austria Ernst Kovacic
1975 1st prize 2nd prize
men Portugal Gerardo Ribeiro Romania Eugen Sârbu
women Japan Yukari Tate[9] Mexico Rasma Liélmane
1979 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Not awarded Belgium Véronique Bogaerts France Berthilde Dufour
1984 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.) Special Prize
France Stéphane L. Picard Not awarded Poland Danuta Glowacka Spain Joaquín Palomares
United States Mark Bleck
1989 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded West Germany Franziska Pietsch East Germany Thomas Bötcher
Bulgaria Yova Slessareva Japan Kyoko Saburi
1993 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Bulgaria Denitsa Kazakova Japan Ryotaro Ito Germany Olga Nodel
Violoncello[8]
1976 1st prize 2nd prize
France Daniel Raclot Brazil Antônio Meneses
1986 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Israel Hillel Zori Italy Luca Signorini Not awarded
1991 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
France Valerie Aimard France Anita Barbereau France Laure Vavasseur
Germany Thorsten Encke
Voice[8]
1965 1st prize 2nd prize
Not awarded Not awarded
1966 1st prize
Austria Wolfgang Witte
1967 1st prize
West Germany Dirk Schortemeier
1968 1st prize
Romania Ionel Pantea
1969 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded Japan Kiyoko Ishii
West Germany Roswitha Haub
1971 1st prize
Romania Magdalena Cononovici
1972 1st prize 2nd prize
Not awarded Romania Sandra Sandru
1973 1st prize
Romania Marilena Marinescu
1974 1st prize 2nd prize by unanimity 2nd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded Romania Marius Cosmescu Hungary Juliana Paszthy
Italy Wally Salio
1975 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Soviet Union Ludmila Yourchenco Soviet Union Aleksandr Rudkowsky Soviet Union Aleksandr Vorosilo
1976 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Not awarded Not awarded Not awarded
1977 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded Romania Károly Szilágyi
Japan Keiko Hibi
1978 1st prize 2nd prize
France François le Roux Romania Rodica Mitrica
1979 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded Hungary Eva Tihany Italy Gabriela Mazza
Japan Kuniko Taguchi
1981 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
United States Nancy Carol Moore France Anne Salvan Soviet Union Olim Sadoullaiev
Spain Luis Álvarez Sastre
1983 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Argentina Mabel Perelstein United States Jennifer Larmore Canada Elise Bédard
Spain Catalina Moncloa
1985 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
Japan Chihiro Bamba West Germany Tomas Möwes Spain Teresa Verdera
East Germany Annette K. Markert
1987 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Not awarded United States Jenny M. Miller Japan Fumi Yamamoto
South Korea Jin-Ok Kim Romania Teodor Ciurdea
1990 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.) Special prize
Soviet Union Vladimir Dits Romania Mirela S. Spinu Poland Malgorzata Lesiewicz-Przybył Spain Manuel Lanza
Spain Manuel Lanza
1995 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize (ex-a.)
Japan Mihoko Fujimura Spain Rosa Mateu Iceland Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir
South Korea Suki Kim
2000 1st prize 2nd prize (ex-a.) 3rd prize
Germany Annette Dasch Romania Ramona Eremia Not awarded
Lithuania Giedré Povilaityté

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ana Maria Davila (2007-05-04). "Competició pianística de primera". El Mundo. 
  2. ^ Lourdes Morgades (2007-05-02). "Un total de 114 pianistas aspiran a darse a conocer al mundo desde Barcelona en el Concurso Maria Canals". El País. 
  3. ^ L'Enciclopèdia
  4. ^ Barcelona Yellow
  5. ^ "Concours Internationaux de musique Maria Canals de Barcelone". World Federation of International Music Competitions. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Vlado Perlemuter. "Dans la multiplicité des Concours Internationaux de Piano...". Dans la multiplicité des Concours internationaux de Piano, il est réconfortant de constater qu’un Concours comme celui de Maria Canals à Barcelona, où le Piano n’est jugé qu’à l’échelle de la Musique, où l’instrumentiste ne peut pas oublier l’essentiel, l’interprète, qu’un tel Concours prend chaque année une ampleur grandissante. Les musiciens ne peuvent que louer et remercier Maria Canals de son initiative. Je ne peut, pour ma part, que souhaiter chaleureusement non seulement la longévité de ce Concours, mais une participation toujours plus importante à cette magnifique joute, où s’affrontent noblement et avec une probité exemplaire, les futurs artistes, qui prendront la relève de leurs aînés. 
  7. ^ Xavier Montsalvatge. "Els que ja fa temps que seguim...". Archived from the original on January 8, 2007. Els que ja fa temps que seguim la vida musical barcelonina no podem oblidar l’ascendent evolució del Concurs Internacional d’Execució Musical Maria Canals, iniciat el 1954 per convertir-se en un dels certàmens més imporrtants d’Europa. En celebrar el seu 40 aniversari, podem afirmar que, del concurs, han sorgit molts intèrprets de primera categoria, cosa que ha contribuït a expandir arreu el prestigi de la realitat artística barcelonina. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The winners of the competition". Concurs Maria Canals. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "6e session musicale". ladepeche.fr. Retrieved 25 January 2016.