On behalf of the Community School of Music at Rollins College, I am excited to announce our very first Edvard Grieg piano competition for pre-college students. The competition is open to students from ages 9 to 18 in two divisions. The goal of the competition is to encourage the studies of Edvard Grieg piano music and to provide performance opportunities for students to perform his work. With the support of the Department of Music at Rollins, the McFeely-Rogers Foundation and the Edvard Grieg Festival, the first prize winner from each division will receive a cash prize of $1000 and will perform at the Grieg Festival on January 9th, 2015 at Sarasota, Florida.
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) is best known to many young pianists for his Piano Concerto in a minor. The repertoire list for this competition consists of some of his known and also some his lesser known piano works. Our research showed that Grieg rarely performed his opuses in their entirety. His concert programs often consisted of a selection of pieces chosen from different opuses. Pieces such as Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Albumblatt, Humoresque, and Berceuse repeatedly appeared on his programs in sets as he toured all over Europe as a performer. The required repertoire of this competition follows Grieg’s performance practice by choosing some of Grieg’s favorite concert pieces and arranging them into sets.
We want to thank you for your dedication to the training of our young pianists and we hope that you will consider having your students take part in discovering and studying the great piano works of Edvard Grieg.
Gloria Cook, DMA
Professor of Music
Department of Music, Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave - 2731, Winter Park, FL 32789