The International Steinway Festival is held every two years and represents a firmly established event in the Steinway & Sons calendar. Its purpose is to identify, encourage, and promote young pianists in the formative stages of their careers. In 2016, various countries will be running national level auditions to determine representatives for Hamburg. Here in Asia, the Steinway regional finals involving finalists from 9 nations (Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam & Singapore) promises to be one of the largest events of its kind—offering prizes and an opportunity for its 1st prize winner to appear in concert alongside representatives from several European Nations.
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.
ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL FINAL 2016
This year's Asia Pacific Regional Final for the Youth Piano Competition will be held in Malaysia in July 2016.
Thailand Steinway & Sons Piano Competition
Following the success of the previous competitions in 2012 and 2014, Thailand will once again participate in the Steinway Youth Piano Competition in 2016 for all eligible pianists age 17 and under. In addition, Thailand Steinway & Sonso Piano Competition will also include Concerto Comepetition (to all eligible pianists age 25 and udner) and Amateur Competition for piano enthusiasts page 25 and over.
MESSAGE FROM THE ORGANISER of the Thailand Steinway & Sons Piano Competition 2016
I am delighted to be the organizer of the Thailand Steinway & Sons Piano Competition once again in 2016. This prestigious competition is part of the long-standing biennial Steinway Hamburg Festival, organised in Germany by Steinway & Sons. Various countries will be running national level competitions to determine representatives for the Regional Final of the Youth Piano Competition and subsequently the Hamburg Festival in Germany.
Following the success of the previous competitions in 2012 and 2014, we will continue to hold the Concerto Competition for all eligible pianists age under 25 for an opportunity for the winner to perform a concerto with the Bangkok Charity Orchestra.
For the first time, this year we also introduce the Amateur Competition category for all non-professional piano enthusiasts age over 25 to take their passion in performing to the stage.
The purposes of this competition are to identify, encourage and promote pianists in the early stages of the careers. The competition allows talented pianists in Thailand to develop and enhance performing experiences as well as to gain exposure to compete at an international level.
I am pleased to see many young pianists participating in 2012 and 2014. The pianists displayed strong sense of determination for achieving their goals in piano performance. I hope that this year, the participants will gain rewarding experiences from the competition and I would like to thank their teachers and parents for their encouragements and dedications.