The Liszt Society International Piano Competition 2018

Open to pianists of all ages and nationalities


       -  The closing date for entries is Saturday 20th October 2018.

       -  A non-refundable application fee of £20 should be submitted via PayPal to, with the payment reference ‘Piano Competition 2018’.

       -  All candidates must submit YouTube links to live performances of a free choice of works by Liszt (including original compositions, transcriptions, fantasies or paraphrases) with a maximum overall duration of 35 minutes. Any sound-only recording must be an attested genuine recording made by the entrant. Each work/movement must be presented in a single unedited take.

       -  No more than five applicants will be chosen to compete in the final in London at St. Mary’s, Perivale, UB6 8SS, on the afternoon of Saturday 24th November 2018.

       -  All entrants chosen to compete in the final must be able to be present at the competition venue from midday on the aforementioned date.

       -  Chosen finalists will then prepare a 25-minute programme of Liszt Music which may include any of the works on their submitted recordings. Unique, imaginative and enterprising repertoire choice and programming will be taken into account, both in the selection of finalists and the making of any awards. A list of their intended works, in performance order and including S numbers, must be submitted prior to the day of the final.

       -   All finalists understand that that competition will be audio/video recorded, and subsequently performances from the final may be posted on the Liszt Society website and other online platforms.  By agreeing to participate in the final, you consent to your performances being recorded and uploaded.

       -  The jury’s decision shall be final and irrevocable.

Jury: Mark Viner, Elgin Ronayne, Melvyn Cooper and Leslie Howard

Prizes: Cash prizes are not offered. All finalists will receive free membership of the Liszt Society for a year (including the Journals/Music Sections for 2018 and 2019). One prizewinner will be invited to perform a recital at the 2019 Liszt Society Annual Day in London under the joint sponsorship of the Liszt Society and the Keyboard Charitable Trust.  One prizewinner will be invited to give a recital under similar sponsorship in Vienna.

Application: Prospective entrants should apply by email including a copy of the photo page of a valid passport, or stating:

• Full name
• Nationality
• Date of birth

YouTube links to their performances must be listed with the application. Full written details of the works performed, including S numbers, should be provided.

Applications (and, if chosen for the final, the list of intended performance works) should be sent to the following address:

2017 Results:

Watch the jury deliver their verdict in November 2017.

The 2017 winner was Keishi Suzuki - Rapsodie hongroise XII, S.244/12, Faribolo Pasteur, Chanson tirée du Poème de Françonnetto de Jasmin, S.236/1, Rapsodie hongroise XIII, S.244/13.

Runner-up was Luca Monachino - Isoldens Liebestod – Schlußszene aus Richard Wagners Tristan und Isolde, S.447, Etudes d’exécution transcendante, S.139 no.10 Allegro agitato, Ab-Irato – Grande étude de perfectionnement, S.143, Heroischer Marsch in ungarischem Stil, S.231.

Other finalists:

Svyatoslav Antipov - Sechs Praeludien und Fugen für die Orgel Pedal und Manual von Johann Sebastian Bach, S.462 [BWV 543-548] no.1 [in A minor], Années de pèlerinage, troisième année, S.163 no.3 Aux cyprès de la Villa d’Este – Thrénodie II, no.4 Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este.

Daniele Buccio - Beethoven/Liszt Symphony no. 8, S.464/8.

Vincenzo Gambuzza - Vierter Mephisto-Waltzer, S.696, Soirées de Vienne – Valses-Caprices, S.427 no.6 Allegro con strepito, Rapsodie hongroise IV, S.244/4, Etudes d’exécution transcendante, S.139 no.7 ‘Eroica’

Vincent Letourmy - Die Trauergondol – La lugubre gondola II, S.200/2, Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année – Italie, S.161, no.6 Après une lecture de Dante – Fantasia quasi Sonata.

Zhu Sun - Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S.173 no.3 Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, Rapsodie hongroise XII, S.244/12.

Giosuè de Vincenti - 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S.558 no. 4 ‘Erlkönig’, Réminiscences de Norma – Grande fantaisie, S.394.

Prior to the 2017 competition, the 2016 Runner-up Edward Leung gave a wonderful recital.

2016 Results:

Watch the jury deliver their verdict in Dec 2016.

The 2016 winner was Tyler Hay - Fantasie und Fuge über das Motiv B-A-C-H. S.529ii, Variationen über ein Motiv (basso ostinato) aus der Kantate "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen". S. 180.

Runner-up was Edward Leung - Deux Légendes. No. 2, St. Francois de Paule marchant sue les flots. S175/2, Réminisences de Norma. S394. 

Other finalists:

Kheng Hoe Low - Sarabande und Chaconne aus dem Singspiel Almira. S181, Études d'exécution transcendante, Mazeppa. S. 139/4, Liebeslied (Widmung) von Robert Schumann. S. 566.

Asagi Nakata - Sarabande und Chaconne aus dem Singspiel Almira. S181, Années de Pèlerinage - Deuxième année - Italie. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca. S 161/6, Trois Etudes de Concert, No 2 La Leggierezza. S 144/2.

Keishi Suzuki - Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus, Berlioz - Grand Symphonie fantastique, op 14 - No 4 Marche au supplice. S.470. 

Prior to the 2016 competition, the 2015  finalist Yuanfan Yang, gave a superb recital, comprising Rachmaninoff: Six Moments Musicaux, opus 16 No 1 in B flat minor, No 4 in E minor. Paderewski: Intermezzo Polacco, opus 14 no. 5, Thema varié, opus 16 no. 3. Yuanfan Yang: Waves, Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage - Première Année - Suisse, S160 No. 6 Vallée d'Obermann, Fantasie und Fuge über das Motiv B-A-C-H. S.529ii.

Event Details
November 24, 2018
St Mary's Church, Perivale

St. Mary’s Church, Perivale, UB6 8SS