Welcome to the

2nd ALKAN-ZIMMERMAN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION(Athens, 6-9 May, 2014)

Under the Auspices of the Gina Bachauer International Music Association

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.  

PRIZES

First Prize

Not awarded

Second Prize ex aequo

Duc-Anh Νguyen (Vietnam)

Alessandro Marino (Italy)

Third Prize

Melina Karagianni (Greece)

TIMETABLE OF THE 2ND C.V. ALKAN-P.J.G. ZIMMERMAN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

Dear Friends of the C.V. Alkan-P.J.G. Zimmerman International Piano Competition,

This is to let you know that the FIRST ROUND of the Competition will take place on Tuesday 6/5, at 10.00 in the morning, at the Athens Conservatory Hall. The Athens Conservatory address is in Rigillis and Vasileos Georgiou II 17-19 Str. (first floor), near the metro Evangelismos.

The SECOND ROUND will take place on Thursday 8/5, at 10.00 in the morning, at the Athens Conservatory Hall.

The THIRD ROUND will take place on Friday 9/5, at 18.30, at the Multipurpose Hall of The Lillian Voudouri Great Music Library, at the Athens Concert Hall (Vas. Sofias Avenue & Kokkali Str).

In addition, I would like to inform you, that parallel to the C.V. Alkan-P.J.G. Zimmerman International Piano Competition, the Maria Cherogiorgou-Sigara National Music Competition will take place. The preliminary round is on Friday 9/5, at 10.00 in the morning, at the Athens Conservatory Hall. The final round is on Saturday 10/5, at 10.00 in the morning, at the Multipurpose Hall of the Lillian Voudouri Grat Music Library, at the Athens Concert Hall.

FREE ENTRANCE TO BOTH COMPETITIONS

Constantine P. Carambelas-Sgourdas
President of the C.V. Alkan-P.J.G. Zimmerman International Music Association