Franz Liszt worked tirelessly to search out, elaborate, and express his own most uncompromising and personal musical thoughts. At the same time, he felt deeply obligated to advocate for those composers of his time that he thought were truthfully serving high art as a sacred cause.
As proponents of these same values, we dedicate our competition to the two causes of advancing superior pianists from around the world and supporting living composers from our home state of Ohio. As a performer, composer, and advocate, Liszt would surely have agreed that cultivating young talents in these twin directions would mean making the world a more generous, harmonious, and humanitarian place.
* Please note that the Virtual Edition of the Franz Liszt International Piano Festival and Competition will take place beginning August 17th to September 17th, 2021.
* See below for exact dates. Early registration starts on April 1st, 2021.
Winner: Dolores White - "Sound Echoes"
Honorable Mention: Tyler Kline - "Five Pieces from Orchard"
Honorable Mention: Jack Ballard - "Las Aguas de las montañas"