With the Piano Olympus, the Kissingen festival season traditionally gets an autumnal encore on the first weekend of October. The competition was launched in 2003 and will be held for the 20th time in 2022. The aim of the KlavierOlymp is to discover the next generation of pianists. Every year, six highly talented young pianists aged 27 or younger are invited to Bad Kissingen to perform a solo recital of their own choice in the magnificent Rossini Hall - named after the Italian composer who took a cure there in 1856 - and a joint final concert in the Max Littmann Hall, one of the best concert halls in the world. The participants have all already won competitions at home and abroad and are at the beginning of a promising career.
Three prizes will be awarded by a jury of experts, one by the audience who have attended all the concerts. The successful participants of the competition can then be heard in the programme of the Kissinger Sommer of the following year on the one hand, and on the other hand they are supported on their career path through cooperation with other organisers and the arrangement of further performances. Names such as Behzod Abduraimov, Kit Armstrong, Kirill Gerstein, Martin Helmchen, Igor Levit, Alice Sara Ott, Herbert Schuch or Anna Vinnitskaya, who are among the former prize-winners of the competition and who today win over audiences on stages all over the world, impressively prove that the stars of tomorrow are always to be discovered at KlavierOlymp
In October 2022, pianists from six countries will compete for the Kissinger KlavierOlymp: Lukas Sternath (Austria), Lauren Zhang (USA), Roman Borisov (Russia), Suah Ye (South Korea), Ariel Lanyi (Israel) and Tony Siqi Yun (Canada).
The five-member jury consists of Thomas Ahnert (music critic "Saale-Zeitung", dramaturge and co-founder of the KlavierOlymp), Manuel Brug (music critic "Die Welt"), Ulrich Hauschild (concert dramaturge), Sonia Simmenauer (managing director Impresariat Simmenauer) and Alexander Steinbeis (artistic director Kissinger Sommer).
The KlavierOlymp is sponsored by the city of Bad Kissingen and co-financed by members of the Kissinger Sommer Friends Association. The competition is supported by the Hotel Kaiserhof Victoria and sponsored by the district of Lower Franconia. The final concert on 9 October in the Max Littmann Hall will be recorded and broadcast on the radio programmes of BR Klassik and Deutschlandfunk Kultur.