Applications for the 2024 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition are opening on February 1st!

MoCA Westport will host the world’s rising pianists to compete in one of America’s most celebrated events, the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition. This competition is both a celebration of music, and of the legacy of pianist, teacher, and philanthropist Heida Hermanns. 

The Heida invites accomplished pianists from all over the world from ages 18-35 to apply for a chance to compete. The preliminary round will take place virtually, with finalists being selected to advance to the competition at MoCA Westport. 

The 2024 winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, with each other finalist receiving a prize of $2,500. The winner will additionally receive an invitation to perform a solo recital at MoCA Westport at a later date. 

Prior winners include celebrated pianists who have gone on to perform in the world’s most important halls, such as Spencer Myer, Frederic Chiu, Josh Wright, Timur Mustikimov, and Yue Chu.

MoCA Westport last hosted this esteemed competition in 2022, and recently welcomed back winner Artem Kuznetsov this past November in a solo recital. The 2022 finalists included Katharine Benson, Nathan Cheung, and Aaron Kurz. 

Applications are open from February 1 to May 31. The competition will take place on November 22-23, 2024. 

To apply, click here. For further questions, please contact kristen@mocawestport.org. 

About the Competition

Heida Hermanns, the founder of the Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc. (CAM), was a pianist, teacher and philanthropist. She was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1906 and received her first piano lessons from her mother. At the age of 15, she enrolled at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik. Her teachers included Egon Petri, Artur Schnabel, Carl Friedberg and Isabella Vengerova. She made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at age 18 and toured Europe as a recitalist and concerto soloist through the 1920s and early 1930s.

Read more about Heida Hermanns here. 

 

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