Welcome to the
4th C.V. ALKAN- P.J.G. ZIMMERMAN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION(Athens, Spring 2018)
Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) was one of the most outstanding piano virtuosos of his age and a genial composer. His personality was strong and imaginative.
During his time he was considered a great musician and was compared with such masters as Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt. Chopin was one of his closest friends.
Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmerman (or Zimmermann, 1785-1853) was Alkan’s beloved piano professor at the Conservatoire de Paris. He was considered the best piano professor and one of the most interesting composers of France during his time. Georges Bizet, César Franck and Ambroise Thomas were among his most famous students. Zimmerman organised legendary concerts at his home inviting the most famous musicians to perform. Alkan considered Zimmerman a father figure, cherished him and remembered him throughout his life.
The ALKAN-ZIMMERMAN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC ASSOCIATION promotes music by important nineteenth century composers-pianists who were famous during their lifetimes and who are mostly forgotten today.
The ALKAN-ZIMMERMAN MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION consists of a large number of important autograph manuscripts of Alkan, Zimmerman and famous composers-pianists of their era.
It is with great admiration, love and respect that we dedicate the ALKAN-ZIMMERMAN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION to the memory of these two unique personalities and to the memory of legendary composers-pianists of the 19th century who are forgotten today.
Results of the 3rd C.V. Alkan-P.J.G. Zimmerman International Piano Competition1st Prize: not awarded
2nd Prize: Jan Hugo and Lefteris Misirgis (ex aequo)
3rd Prize: Marianna Kapsetaki
First round: Wednesday 20th of April, at 17.00 o’clock, Athens Conservatory Hall (Vas. Georgiou & Rigillis Str., Athens)
Second round: Thursday 21st of April, at 10.00 o’clock, Athens Conservatory Hall
Third round: Saturday 23rd of April, at 18.00 o’clock, Parnassos Literary Society Hall (8 Karytsi Square, Athens)