A total of 91 pianists from 26 different countries will be taking part in the 59th Maria Canals Barcelona International Music Competition, which is being held from 7 to 22 March at the Palau de la Música and a number of other symbolic locations in the city.
The elimination rounds of the competition will be held from 10 to 17 March at the Petit Palau. The three finalists will compete in the final round on 20 March at the Palau de la Música, in an event that will feature the Vallès Symphony Orchestra. The competition gives away more than 80.000 euros in the form of top prizes, special prizes and professional concerts in Catalonia, Spain and in the international arena.
For the second time, the opening concert on 8 March will be given by pianist Alexey Lebedev, winner of the second prize and the Public Prize in 2011.
Furthermore, as part of the competition, there will be the OFF Maria Canals, a programme of activities that includes initiatives such as installing pianos at more than thirty locations around the city for members of the public to play. In fact, this year there will be more than 130 free performances and 500 hours of grand piano music.
The pianos will be situated on Passeig de Gràcia, in around fifteen cultural centres, on the metro (Diagonal Interchange), in Plaça Reial (where a pianothon will take place), in Plaça de Pastrana, in Sants Station and in Pedralbes Centre.