Once to the song and chariot-fight
Bösendorfer sponsors numerous piano/music competitions
Once to the song and chariot-fight,
Where all the tribes of Greece unite
On Corinth's isthmus joyously,
The god-loved Ibycus drew nigh.
The prince of poetry, Friedrich Schiller, composed a literary monument to athletic and artistic competition with “The Cranes of Ibycus,” probably his most demanding ballad. At the same time, the ballad gives expression to the power of poetic song.
Part of the culture
Already in antiquity, competition was part of the culture: The individual could expand and improve his or her abilities in a controlled “fight,” in which he or she was simultaneously use-ful to the community.
As they relate to music, competitions, now as then, are consequential elements which are not insignificant in their importance for the artistic renown of concert-giving musicians. Striving to prove oneself in this demanding artistic discipline leads to outstanding achievements.
In 1889, Ludwig Bösendorfer donated a “premium piano” to the Vienna Conservatory of the Society of the Friends of Music for the first time. The piano was awarded to the winner of the newly created Bösendorfer Piano Competition.
From the beginning, the Bösendorfer Piano Competition was a contribution in support of young talents and students at the then-Conservatory of the Society of the Friends of Music.
Ludwig Bösendorfer felt committed to this support of talents throughout his whole life.
In loyal continuance of this tradition, the company continues to administer the Bösendorfer Competition, which remains popular among young artists and the professional world to this day (the announcement for the next competition is in preparation). Furthermore, Bösendorfer is also an organizer or sponsor of numerous additional national and international piano/music competitions.