Once again, Barcelona is set to become the centre for a competition for the youngest and most brilliant pianists in the world, while the city will also be dotted with instruments for people to play.
The Maria Canals international competition has been an essential date on the international calendar for young concert pianists for 64 years. Participating in the competition is a complicated affair, because places are scarce and a very high level is required, but the winners are well aware that the competition will open up many doors for them in the future. In addition, the competition is open to spectators, so if you're interested in piano music and you feel motivated to follow these young talents while they're taking their first steps, don't miss the preliminary rounds, which will take place at Palau de la Música from 11 to 18 March, and the final phase, which will reach its finale at 8pm on 20 March with the proclamation of the winning performer. The prize-giving ceremony is scheduled for 7pm on 21 March at the Saló de Cent in Barcelona.
Like every year, this edition of the competition has a participatory side and, true to the ideals of its founder and namesake, who aimed to make the piano another means for obtaining pleasure in everyday life, amateur pianist are encouraged to take part by playing one of the pianos that will be scattered around the city or by participating in one of the street activities planned, such as the traditional open-air piano music marathon, scheduled to take place in Plaça Reial from 11am to 9pm on 10 March.
Additional information is available on the Maria Canals competition website.
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