Mihály Berecz is the winner of the 21st Kissinger KlavierOlymp. This was announced by the artistic director Alexander Steinbeis on behalf of the expert jury after the final concert on 8 October. The 26-year-old pianist from Hungary combines musicality, stylistic will and performative desire in the highest degree. He convinced the jury with his technical skills, wit, awareness of time and his structurally conscious interpretations.
Mirabelle Kajenjeri from France was awarded second prize. The jury was impressed by her natural music-making and virtuoso creative power. The third prize was awarded to 21-year-old Miyu Shindo from Japan. The audience prize was awarded to Miyu Shindo. Other pianists in the competition were Martina Consonni (Italy) and Anton Mejias (Finland). Simon Haje (Germany) unfortunately had to cancel his participation at short notice for health reasons.
On the one hand, the successful participants of the competition can be experienced in the programme of the Kissinger Sommer 2024, 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 KlavierOlymp was recorded by Bayerischer Rundfunk and will be broadcast on 21 October at 15:05 on BR-Klassik and on 27 October at 20:03 on Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
As part of the Kissinger KlavierOlymp 2023, five highly talented young pianists aged 21 to 26 from five countries presented themselves to the audience and a jury of five, consisting of Thomas Ahnert (music critic "Saale-Zeitung", Dramaturg and co-founder of KlavierOlymp), Manuel Brug (music critic "Welt"), Ulrich Hauschild (cultural manager), Sonia Simmenauer (managing director of Impresariat Simmenauer) and Alexander Steinbeis (artistic director of 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.
The Kissinger KlavierOlymp 2024 will take place from 3 to 6 October 2024.