Dear music lovers,

We are delighted to be able to present you with our new-look website!

The impact and consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic have confronted us with completely new challenges in recent weeks. These have been extremely painful, indeed disastrous for the whole music world. We are all deeply worried about the future of our musicians who are currently deprived of their creative environment and their very means of existence. The harsh conditions of “social distancing” that have been placed upon us for the protection of our health are making it difficult to return to our activities in a positive mood, and are detrimental to any kind of productive equilibrium.

For this reason, it is both valuable and indeed imperative for us to show solidarity with everyone affected if we are all to emerge out of this crisis again – I am here speaking primarily of artists, organisers and our audiences.

In the year 2020, almost all public music events have been cancelled. These include most of the events run by the many international music competitions that provide young artists with a means of getting a foot on the ladder of their chosen profession.

Some organisers have now decided to postpone their competitions to next year, 2021. This will result in a high concentration of similar events at which young artists will be vying avidly for the prizes on offer. Regrettably, several of these competitions will inevitably overlap or even run in parallel.

The 15th edition of the Concours Géza Anda in 2021 will be held in honour of the 100th birthday of the great artist whose name it bears, and it will take place as planned, from 27 May to 5 June 2021 in Winterthur and Zurich.

On this special occasion, the requirement profile for competitors will be witness to several interesting innovations, and the competition programme will feature additional attractions.

For one thing, there will be a greater focus on Géza Anda’s own preferred repertoire; for another, we shall be offering an accompanying programme including an exhibition and symposia; the prizes on offer will also be increased in honour of the occasion. We shall be providing further details over the course of the coming weeks.

We are already looking forward to being able to welcome you in Winterthur and Zurich again next year, in the summertime, as always!

With best wishes,

Tobias Richter

Géza Anda Foundation