This is the 63rd edition of this international competition, which also places 80 grand pianos in public spaces to encourage people to play
Maria Canals was an exceptional pianist and an expert in Beethoven and Chopin, as well as an educator who made a considerable contribution to music education in Barcelona. She wrote books, promoted an advanced teaching method, though her finest legacy for later generations of musical talent was the competition for young pianists she created together with her husband, Rossend Llates. This year’s Maria Canals International Piano Competition, which is set to celebrate its 63rd edition, features 81 participants from 31 countries who, from 26 March to 7 April, will face off at Barcelona’s Palau de la Música. The qualifying rounds are scheduled for 26 to 31 March, the semi-final will take place on 2 April and the grand final, in which the competitors will also have to play with a full orchestra, will be on 6 April.
Fans of the piano who do not have the skills required to take part in the competition itself can avail themselves of one of the 80 grand pianos that will be placed in different spots around the city. All you have to do is sit down and play.
As well as offering free access to these pianos, the OFF Competition activities scheduled include special recitals in the metro, a piano marathon at Plaça Reial on 7 April and a load of educational activities. You’ll find all of the information you need on the competition website and you can buy tickets at the Palau de la Música website.
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