Initially scheduled for October 2021, the Honens International Piano Competition will be postponed for a year.
This year’s finals were to have taken place in Calgary following Quarterfinal rounds in New York and Berlin in June.
Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker released a video explaining the decision was due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, especially considering international competitors.
“Ultimately, we could not guarantee the quarterfinals would take place in a manner that served all 50 quarterfinalists fairly and in a way that lived up to our very high expectations,” said Parker in a video statement released today.
“This is less of a decision than it is the acceptance of an inevitability,” said President & CEO Neil Edwards. “We have explored every option and determined that the current world situation makes it impossible for us to present a Competition worthy of Honens’ high international standard and reputation.”
The chosen quarterfinalists, juries, and collaborating artists will all remain for 2022.
Honens will announce the new dates for events in Calgary, Berlin, and New York as soon as they become available.
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