Concert series


The Liszt Competition regularly organizes concert series with its Prize winners. 

  • Prize winners of the 10th Liszt Competition (2015 - 2016)

The three Prize winners of the 10th Liszt Competition – Mariam Batsashvili, Peter Klimo and Mengjie Han – will be returning to Utrecht in the 2015/16 season.

Birthday concert
22 October 2015, 8pm, TivoliVredenburg
Mariam Batsashvili performs a birthday tribute to Franz Liszt along with the most recent winners of the Liszt Competitions from Weimar (Marina Yakhlakova) and Budapest (Ilya Kondratiev).

New Year's concert
14 January 2016, 8pm, TivoliVredenburg
Mengjie Han plays with his Amatis Trio. This piano trio has been developing rapidly and, after reaching the finals of the International Competition 'Schubert and Modern Music' in Graz earlier this year, has now been selected as Dutch Classical Talent.

Valentine's Day concert
14 February 2016, 8pm, TivoliVredenburg
Peter Klimo performs a special Valentine´s Day concert with the Swiss Belenus Quartett that won the International Competition 'Schubert and Modern Music' in Graz in early 2015.


Concert series archive

  • Liszten Up! (2012 - 2013)

The Liszt Competition presents four special concerts-with-a-story on themes from the life of Franz Liszt. These evenings will address the subjects of Liszt and his musical roots in Hungary, Liszt and Istanbul, Liszt and the Devil and Liszt’s relationship with his daughter Cosima and his son-in-law Richard Wagner. Five prize winners from the Liszt Competition, two prize winners from the TROMP Competition and a prize winner from the International Vocal Competition will perform the music. Each concert is a cooperation with people and organizations that have something special to tell about the subject. Watch the promo.

Saturday, 25 May 2013, 8 pm, Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh
This evening is about the relationship between Franz Liszt, his daughter Cosima and son-in-law Richard Wagner who, in May 2013, will have been born exactly two hundred years ago. Cosima will talk about her life and relationship with the two composers in images that will be projected during the performance. With the death of her husband, Cosima was also confronted with the mortality of her old father. She is aware that she will soon become the guardian of their legacy in the long life that still lies ahead of her. With music from Wagner's operas.

Hell and Damnation
Saturday, 23 February 2013 Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh - Utrecht
A concert-with-a-story about Liszt, Goethe’s Faust and the ultimate pact, a pact with the devil. For this evening, a pact was also signed, but with Mathieu Heinrichs, who talked about the influence of demons on Liszt’s life and music. Nino Gvetadze played a diabolical programme with works such as the Mephisto-Waltzer, Schubert/Liszt's Gretchen am Spinnrade and Sonata in BWatch the movie. 

Saturday, 24 November 2012 Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh - Utrecht 
When Franz Liszt arrived in Constantinople in 1847, he was immediately handcuffed. Apparently, a pianist, a certain Listmann, had arrived several weeks earlier, took advantage of Liszt’s reputation and passed himself off as the star of the keyboard. The Liszt Competition presented an evening on Liszt and Istanbul, with the original programme of the concert that Liszt gave to the Sultan as well as a Turkish culinary buffet. Turkish / Dutch columnist Funda Müjde talked about Istanbul as Liszt experienced it. Masataka Goto played Rossini/Liszt's Ouverture Guillaume Tell, Schubert/Liszt's Der Erlkönig and more. Watch the movie.

Liszten to the beat
Saturday, 3 November 2012 Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh - Utrecht
What did the Hungarians Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók think of the music of the gypsies in their country? While Liszt adored the savoir-vivre of the Bohemians, Bartók was particularly guided by engagement. And whereas Liszt fell in love with sweet-voiced gypsy melodies, Bartók fell under the spell of the crude polyphony of the Hungarian peasant musicians. During this concert, music publicist Saskia Törnqvist and four Competition laureates presented the public with the music that was an important source of inspiration for the two composers. The programme included Bartók’s extraordinary Sonata for two pianos and percussion and a special adaptation of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

  • Liszt at the Museum (2011)

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Liszt Competition presented in the fall of 2011 in cooperation with four museums in Utrecht a series of lecture-recitals on music and life of Franz Liszt.

With Liszt through Utrecht
11 December 2011 - The Utrecht Archives 
Based on his book Liszt in Utrecht 1842 on Liszt's visit to Utrecht, Mathieu Heinrichs told about the city and the life he encountered on that occasion. Jean Dubé performed Ouverture Guillaume Tell, Réminiscences de Norma and Grand Galop Chromatique

Liszt, the pilgrim, and his religious music
27 November 2011 Museum Catharijneconvent - Utrecht
Andrea Bonatta talked about Liszt, the pilgrim, and the importance of religion in his life and works.

Journey through Europe with Liszt
16 October 2011 The Railway Museum - Utrecht
Leslie Howard talked about the travels of Liszt, who visited the whole of Europe in the 1840s.

Liszt at the Opera
17 September 2011 Museum Speelklok - Utrecht
Emile Wennekes talked about Liszt's many transcriptions of opera's by composers such as Mozart, Verdi, Rossini and Wagner.

Besides the International Piano Competition held every three years, the Liszt Competition also hosts a number of other concerts and events.

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