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KlavierOlymp

European young talents

The 20th Kissingen KlavierOlymp will take place from 6 to 9 October 2022.

Every year in October, the Kissinger KlavierOlymp creates a podium for young pianists in Bad Kissingen. Six highly gifted young pianists who are among the outstanding young European talents are invited to Bad Kissingen every year to present themselves to the jury and the Kissingen audience with a complete solo programme of their own in the renowned Rossini Hall/Max Littmann Hall. They are all prize winners of national and international competitions and have already made significant career steps.

Looking Back to 2021

On 3 October, the jury and the audience chose the winners of the KlavierOlymp 2021. This year's winner of the competition for young pianists in Bad Kissingen, Germany's most famous spa town, is Giorgi Gigashvili. This year, for the 19th time, six outstanding young talents from five nations presented themselves to an expert jury and the interested public, who awarded three prizes and an audience prize.

1st prize 2021: Giorgi Gigashvili

Giorgi Gigashvili is the winner of the 19th Kissingen PianoOlymp. This was announced by the new artistic director Alexander Steinbeis on behalf of the expert jury after the final concert on 3 October. The 20-year-old pianist from Georgia convinced the jury with his individual, highly musical and structurally conscious interpretations of works by Chopin, Messiaen, Scarlatti and Shostakovich. He demonstrated unconditional creative will and captivated the audience with his natural stage presence.

Sandro Nebieridze, also from Georgia, was awarded second prize. The jury was impressed by his crystal-clear, virtuoso creative power. The third prize was awarded to 26-year-old Gustav Piekut from Denmark. The audience prize was also awarded to Giorgi Gigashvili. Other pianists in the competition were Dmytro Choni (Ukraine), Josefa Schmidt (Germany) and Xiaolu Zang (China).

On the one hand, the successful participants of the competition can be experienced in the programme of the Kissinger Sommer 2022, on the other hand, they will be supported on their career path through cooperation with other organisers and the arrangement of further performances. The final concert of the KlavierOlymps was recorded by Bayerischer Rundfunk and has been broadcast BR-Klassik.

As part of the Kissinger KlavierOlymp 2021, six highly talented young pianists aged 20 to 28 from five countries presented themselves to the audience and a jury of four, consisting of Manuel Brug (music critic Die Welt), Ulrich Hauschild (manager Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks), Sonia Simmenauer (managing director Impresariat Simmenauer) and Alexander Steinbeis (artistic director Kissinger Sommer). The solo recitals with programmes of their own choice took place in the Rossini Hall, the joint final concert in the Max Littmann Hall in Bad Kissingen.

Despite restrictions due to the Corona pandemic, the 19th Kissinger KlavierOlymp was able to continue its successful concept again this year and, with almost 1,500 tickets sold, to inspire numerous concert guests for the young pianists. This corresponds to an increase in concert attendance of 30% compared to the previous record year of 2019.