Message from Corine Mauch
[Updated : 26 May 2021]

Our cultural life was hit severely by the current pandemic. When the last Concours Géza Anda was carried out in 2018 noone could have imagined that the present 15th edition of this renowned competition would encounter challenges of such a dimension.

For many young pianists on the brink of a solo career it is particularly decisive whether and how they are given an opportunity to present themselves in an international setting. They are very much dependent on functioning music institutions and a world market which offers them the necessary platforms for their appearances.

I am delighted that the Géza Anda-Foundation and the Concours team decided to carry out this piano competition in Zurich in 2021 notwithstanding, or rather because of the demanding situation which has arisen due to the Corona pandemic. Whether audiences will follow the concerts live or by means of an internet streaming, one thing is clear: thanks to a great and flexible commitment a chance is given to 42 young pianists to take another step forward in their profession and to become known to the general public.

I thank all involved for organizing this special Concours and wish the partipants valuble new experiences.

Corine Mauch
Mayor of the City of Zurich

(translation from the German original: Markus Wyler, M.A.)



Gerhard Oppitz new President of the Jury
[Updated : 18 May 2021]

To our deepest regret Nelson Freire, who had been announced Chair of the jury at the International Piano Competition “Concours Geza Anda 2021” in Zurich, had to cancel his participation for health reasons.

We are extremely grateful to Gerhard Oppitz for having agreed to become president of our jury 2021.




Message from Silvia Steiner
[Updated : 12 May 2021]

The Concours Géza Anda has always been considered one of the world’s most demanding piano competitions. However, the current pandemic requires far stronger efforts from participants and organizers than ever before. My esteem for this achievement could therefore not be higher. I would aready like to wish all talented young participants good luck and fulfilment in this musical challenge.

Silvia Steiner
President of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education
Member of the Government Council of the Canton of Zurich and Head of the Department of Education



The Candidates for the 15th Géza Anda Competition have been chosen.
[updated : 31th March 2021] 

Upon completion of the registration period for the 15th Concours Géza Anda 44 candidates from the 84 valid applications have been invited to take part in the competition this summer.

All candidates have been informed and participants will be published on this website very soon.


Since you cannot reach us, we reach out to you
[updated : 30th March 2021] 

After Claire Huangci’s solo recital at Ettlingen castle had been postponed twice because of anti-Corona-measures, the producer, south-western German radio channel SWR, decided to record it in this beautiful baroque setting all the same and broadcast it later.

So here we are: on 7th April at 20:05 CET you can hear Claire playing in Ettlingen as part of one of SWR2’s flagship programmes, “Abendkonzert”:

SWR recommended several of Claire’s recordings as “music tips of the week” over the past months. Moreover, on 1st March she was invited to record Liszt’s transcription of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” symphony as part of the project #zusammenspielen, which SWR created to support young freelance musicians during Corona times.

Claire’s label Berlin Classics is publishing this recording as a digital release.

German radio station SWR and the Géza Anda-Foundation have entertained a friendly relationship for years. This enabled many laureates of the Concours to make broacasts for this renowned channel and play in the SWR concert series.


Copyright: Geza Anda Stiftung / Priska Ketterer



Sergey Tanin – The Pianist Who Came In From the Cold

At the beginning of October Swiss television SRF showed a documentary about Sergey Tanin as part of their prestigious arts’ series “Sternstunde Musik”. “The Pianist Who Came In From the Cold” was created by Helen Stehli Pfister, the well-known Swiss documentary filmmaker and Russian specialist. Helen’s film retraces Sergey’s physical and artistic journey from Yakutia to Switzerland, and can still be watched on the SRF Player from within Switzerland .


Sergey Tanin (Prizewinner 2018) won the Kissinger Klavierolymp

Sergey Tanin recently won the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the renowned piano competition “Klavierolymp” in Germany’s Bad Kissingen.


Solo recitals by Claire Huangci (prizewinner 2018) in Berlin and Hamburg

Concert life must continue despite everything! On 27 and 28 October Claire Huanci gave solo recitals in the Berlin Philharmonie and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. The programme included works by Bach, Corigliano and Schubert.

Claire already performed at the Elbphilharmonie recently and played a streamed concert together with Alexei Volodin (Géza Anda prizewinner 2003).




5 July 2020, 5 p.m. – Sergey Tanin (2018) in Geneva
Live concert broadcast at the Radio de la Suisse Romande/Espace 2
Salle Ernest-Ansermet
Works by Rameau, Brahms, Auerbach and Ravel

3 – 5 July 2020 – Dasol Kim (2012) at the Festival Musikdorf Ernen
Kammermusikkonzerte in der Kirche

12 July 2020, 6 p.m. – Aleksandr Shaikin (2015) at the Festival Musikdorf Ernen
Recital in the church
Works of Pärt, Bach, Brahms, Ravel

14 July 2020, 8 p.m. – Nepomnyashchaya Varvara (2012) at the Festival Musikdorf Ernen
Recital in the church with radio broadcast at RTS/Espace 2
Works of Rachmaninov, Medtner, Mussorgsky

15 July 2020, 8 p.m. – Aleksandr Shaikin (2015) Sergey Tanin (2018) at the Festival Musikdorf Ernen
Recital for 2 pianos in the church with radio broadcast at RTS/Espace 2
Works of Mozart-Grieg, Mozart-Busoni, Liszt and Prokofiev-Pletnev

17 July 2020, 8 p.m. – Sergey Tanin (2018) at the Festival Musikdorf Ernen
Recital in the church
Works of Rameau, Auerbach and Ravel

17 July 2020, 9.30 p.m. – Pietro De Maria (1994) at the Festival di Musica di Cervo
Open air concert at the Piazza dei Corallini

20 July 2020, 4 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. – Aleksandr Shaikin (2015) in Zurich
Recital at the Musikschule Konservatorium Zurich for the Theater Club

25 July 2020 – Claire Huangci (2018) in Muri
Concert at the Festsaal Kloster


21 August 2020 – Sergey Tanin (2018) with David Nebel (Violin) in Vitznau
Recital Duo with works from Bach and Beethoven
Swiss Alps Classics

22 August 2020, 12.30 p.m. – Jong Hai Park (2018) in Herrliberg
Chamber music/ recital at the church Tal
Works of Stüssi, Schumanna and Liszt

23 August 2020, 11 a.m. – Sergey Tanin (2018) in Vitznau
Swiss Alps Classics
Matinée at the Parkhotel Vitznau
Works of Beethoven, Schubert-Liszt and Liszt

25 August 2020 – Jong Hai Park (2018) in St. Moritz
Concert at the Hotel Laudinella


11 September 2020 – Claire Huangci (2018) in Greifensee
Concert at the Landberghaus

11 September 2020 – Sergey Tanin (2018) at the ZKO-Haus
Private Concert

11 September 2020 – Sergey Tanin (2018) at the ZKO-Haus
Private Concert


04 October 2020 – Sergey Tanin (2018) in Bad Kissingen

27 October 2020 – Claire Huangci (2018) in Berlin
Philharmonie Berlin

28 October 2020 – Claire Huangci (2018) in Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg


15 November 2020 – Sergey Tanin (2018) in Zurich (2x)
MKZ, Main Hall
Works of Bach, Schubert-Liszt, Rachmaninoff


6 December 2020 – Claire Huangci (2018) in Aarau (2x)
Kultur & Kongresshaus
Piano Trios and Quartets by Beethoven and Rabl