The Geneva International Music Competition will take place from 16 November – 5 December 2014. This 69th edition for piano & flute marks the 75th anniversary of the event.

Few cultural institutions can boast of such a rich past as the Geneva Competition can. As well as being one of Geneva’s leading cultural institutions, alongside the Conservatory, the Grand-Théâtre and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, it is also one of the world’s oldest musical competitions, created before the Second World War.

The anniversary will be marked by a CD boxed set of historical recordings (Claves) and a book on the history of the competition, written by music historian Marie Duchêne Thégarid. In the 75 years, important prizewinners of the competition were Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Friedrich Gulda, Georg Solti, Christian Zacharias, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Cédric Tiberghien, Maria Stader, Victoria De Los Angeles, Teresa Stich-Randall, José van Dam, Walter Berry, Aurèle Nicolet, Maxence Larrieu, Emmanuel Pahud, Heinz Holliger, Maurice André and OleEdvard Antonsen.

This year, 174 applications were received for the piano competition. 44 candidates from 9 different countries, aged from 18 to 29 have been selected. The flute section had 134 applications, while 50 candidates made it into the competition. They come from 18 countries and are aged from 17 to 29 years.

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