The closing date for entries is Saturday 29th October 2022.
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 30 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 four applicants will be chosen to compete in the final in London at St. Mary’s, Perivale, UB6 8SS, on the afternoon of Saturday 26th November 2022. All entrants chosen to compete in the final must be able to be present at the competition venue from midday on that date. Chosen finalists will prepare a programme of Liszt’s music of about 20-25 minutes, which may include any of the works on their previously-submitted recordings. Imaginative and enterprising repertoire choice and programming will be taken into account by the jury, both in the selection of finalists and in the making of the awards.
A list of each finalist’s proposed works, in performance order and including S numbers and timings, must be submitted prior to the day of the final. All finalists should understand that the competition will be audio/video recorded, and that performances from the final may be posted on the Liszt Society website and similar online platforms. By agreeing to participate in the final, all finalists consent to their performances being recorded and uploaded.
Jury: The 2022 jury will comprise Mark Viner, Melvyn Cooper, Leslie Howard and the 2019 Liszt Society International Piano Competition winner Minkyu Kim. The jury’s decisions shall be final.
Prize: A cash first prize is not offered. There are cash prizes of £250 and £100 for the second and third prizewinners. The first prizewinner will be invited to perform a well-remunerated recital at the 2023 Liszt Society Annual Day under the joint aegis of the Liszt Society and the Keyboard Charitable Trust (who will treat the winner as having passed the KCT audition and therefore already eligible for KCT engagements).
All finalists will receive free membership of the Liszt Society for 2023 (and they will receive copies of the Liszt Society Journals/Music Sections for 2022 and 2023).
Application: Prospective entrants should apply by email including a copy of the photo page of a valid passport, or stating their full name, nationality, and date of birth. YouTube links to their performances should be listed with the application. Full written details of the works performed, including S numbers, should be provided. Applications (including a list of intended works for public performance, should the candidate be admitted to the final) should be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The application fee of £20.00 should be sent to the Liszt Society by bank transfer, with the reference ‘2022 Competition’:
BACS(within UK): pay to The Liszt Society account number 61369514, sort code 05-04-70
IBAN (outside the UK): pay to The LisztSociety account number GB49YORK05047061369514