17 International Steinway Festival 2016

The 2-years break is over: It’s time for the 17 International Steinway Festival again and 13 youngsters are thrilled to travel to Hamburg in September.

 

They come from Belgium, China, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan and Germany, and the number of participants is growing! This year, we will welcome young talents from Finland, Italy, and Norway, and Switzerland will be back after some years of absence. All festival participants are 1st prize winners of local Steinway piano competitions, and they are the best of the best.

 

The young talents and their families can look forward to an interesting programme, e. g. a harbour trip, an exclusive dinner at the Steinway factory, and of course a lot of fun. Without any doubt, the festival concert held on a Sunday morning at the Hamburg concert hall “Laeiszhalle” is the highlight of this event. It will take place on

Sunday, September 11, 10 am at the Hamburg concert hall “Laeiszhalle”.

Joja Wendt

 

The Hamburg pianist and entertainer Joja Wendt will be the host of the festival concert. It is under the patronage of the City of Hamburg and it is most likely that the hall will be more or less sold out as in the past. The young talents will perform on top level. And they can do so without any competition pressure. There is no jury judging, and that’s the philosophy of the festival: to give the youngsters the chance to show the audience their talent without having the feeling to have to be the best and to gain a prize.

Friendship and the international musical get-together – these are the aspects which count.

Impressions from the Steinway Festival

  

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    2008
    13th International Steinway Festival

    Participants from Belgium, China, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Germany.
    Host: Roger Willemsen (author and presenter, a well-known TV and radio personality)

    2006

    12th International Steinway Festival

    Participants from Belgium (for the first time), China, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Cyprus, and Germany.
    Host: Barbara Schöneberger (entertainer and singer)

    2004

    11th International Steinway Festival

    Participants from Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Cyprus, and Germany.
    Host: Joja Wendt (pianist and entertainer)

    2002

    10th International Steinway Festival

    Participants from China (for the first time), Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden (for the first time), Cyprus, and Germany.
    Host: Eva Herman (news anchor)

    2000

    9th International Steinway Festival

    Participants from Denmark, France (Lise de La Salle, today a famous pianist and Steinway Artist), the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Cyprus, and Germany.
    Host: Justus Frantz (pianist)

    1998

    8th International Steinway Festival

    Participants from Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Cyprus (for the first time), and Germany.
    Host: Justus Frantz (pianist)

    1996

    7th International Steinway Festival

    Participants from Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany.
    Host: Dieter Kuerten (sports presenter)

    1994
    6th International Steinway Festival

    Participants from Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany.
    (The participant from Germany was Martin Helmchen, today a well-known pianist).
    Host: Denez Törzs (television presenter)

History of Steinway Festival

The idea for a festival was born in 1987. The first venue was Hamburg. The following festivals took place in Eindhoven in 1988, in Aarhus in 1989, in Berlin in 1990, and in Madrid in 1992. Since 1994, the International Steinway Festival has been organized in Hamburg. Every two years, children and teenagers meet from a wide range of countries to take part in a musical community with the festival concert as the highlight.
Without the pressure of a competition, the talented youngsters have the oportunity to perform in front of a large audience and to demonstrate their skills. The festival concert is usually held under the auspices of the Cultural Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and is always an extremely popular event for the audience. The number of participating countries has grown steadily over time. Today, Steinway & Sons can now also welcome participants from Asia, which means the event can truly live up to its name as an international festival.

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