2013 Int. Beethoven Competition Vienna

CONGRATULATION to MARIA MAZO, the winner of the 14th Beethoven Competition Vienna 2013

She has received the 1st prize - the BÖSENDORFER grand piano model 200, endowed by Bösendorfer as well as EURO 8.000.- prize money, endowed by Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. The second prize has been awarded to Valentin FHEODOROFF (Austria) and Andrey GUGNIN, Russian Federation.

Final Concert in the famous Golden Hall of Wiener Musikverein

The final concert of the competition took place on June 20th at the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, in the same building where also the BÖSENDORFER STADTSALON is located. You could hear Beethoven's pianoconcerto Nr. 4 in G op.58 twice, once played by the winner, Maria Manzo, and once more played by Andrey GUGNIN, from the Russian Federation. The Austrian participant, Valentin Fheodoroff played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3 in c minor, op.37. All soloists have been accompanied by Camerata Salzburg, conducted by Maestro Louis Langrée.


Maria Mazo will also be playing at the 185 years BÖSENDORFER's Anniversary Concert at the Brahms Saal on October 22, 2013.

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© Nancy Horowitz

© Nancy Horowitz

© Nancy Horowitz

© Nancy Horowitz

1st Prize: The Bösendorfer Grand Piano Model 200 is donated by L. Bösendorfer GmbH.

1st Prize: The Bösendorfer Grand Piano Model 200 is donated by L. Bösendorfer GmbH.

The International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna: Essence of the Viennese Tradition of Sound

Ludwig van Beethoven is considered to be one of the most important representatives of the Viennese musical culture. Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770 and first visited Vienna in 1787, originally planning to study under Mozart. Beethoven composed all of his immortal masterpieces here, helping Vienna to further consolidate its position as the musical centre of Europe.
Just one year after Beethoven passed away, in 1828, the Bösendorfer piano company was started by Ignaz Bösendorfer. Bösendorfer continues as one of the oldest piano manufacturers in the world and maintains the heritage of the Viennese tradition of piano making with our unique “resonance case principle.” This uses Austrian tonewood spruce not only for the soundboard but also for the entire core of the outer rim of the piano, so , similar in principle to a violin, the whole case helps create our sound.
The particular importance of the Viennese culture of sound and, in particular, in this context, the significant importance Beethoven’s piano works, already encouraged the Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, Vienna (the forerunner of the present university) to place a particular emphasis on Beethoven’s Sonatas back in the 50s of the previous century.
When the university held the First International Beethoven Piano Competition in 1961, it was for Bösendorfer - due to our common heritage and due to the deep bond that we have and continue to have with the university– an honourable duty to support this competition and the pianists, who dedicate themselves to the exacting repertoire of Beethoven. In particular in today’s world, where pianistic performance solely concentrates on virtuosity, it is of utmost importance to us to foster also a focus on musical interpretation, as it is required by Beethoven.
To further this goal Bösendorfer supports the International Beethoven Piano Competition by providing a Bösendorfer grand piano model 200 as first prize, and is delighted to work together with the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna to further the heritage of the Viennese tradition of sound.