Purpose of the Competition
EGSOGL would like to encourage young pianists to explore the wide repertoire of Edvard Grieg, to celebrate his place in the piano literature, and to help spread knowledge of his lesser-known works. The required repertoire for this competition (which is the first of many) coincides with the theme of the 2019 Symposium: works by Edvard Grieg and French / Impressionist composers!
Divisions, Prizes, and Eligibility
Eligibility: Open to pre-college students ages 18 and under. Entrants and their teachers must reside in the United States.
Junior Division (ages 13 & under):
Senior Division (ages 14-18, pre-college):
**Performance award: first place winners will be recognized at the opening concert (March 31 at 7:30) and have their performance uploaded here on the EGSOGL website
A movement of a multi-movement work is considered one piece. All selections must be memorized. Only complete, unabridged, original compositions for solo piano by the composers are allowed. (This includes solo piano arrangements by the composer of his own music, i.e. Grieg’s Op. 41 and Op. 52). No cuts are permitted; Repeats are at the discretion of the applicant/teacher. Special consideration will be shown to contestants who choose lesser-known works of Edvard Grieg (i.e. pieces from Op. 17, Op. 41, Op. 52, Op. 66, Op. 72, and lesser-known Lyric Pieces.)
* NOTE: Due to the brevity of pieces from Op. 17 and Op. 66, applicants may inquire about offering a small grouping of pieces from either of these two sets in lieu of a longer selection
** French / Impressionist repertoire: For any questions regarding the eligibility of the French repertoire requirement, please contact Dr. Mary Rose Norell at GreatLakesGrieg@gmail.com.