Géza Anda – The Foundation & Competition
The Géza Anda Foundation was created in 1978 by Hortense Anda-Bührle (1926 – 2014) in memory of her husband, the pianist Géza Anda (1921 – 1976).
Since the death of its founder, their son Gratian Anda has taken up his mother’s legacy and is supporting the Foundation to ensure that its work continues.
The aim of the Géza Anda Foundation is to promote young, talented pianists in the musical spirit of Géza Anda, and to this end it holds an international piano competition every three years. The Concours Géza Anda is a unique, extraordinary institution among the countless competitions that exist on the international scene today – and not just because of its distinguished jury, which comprises outstanding members of the music world.
What is above all remarkable about the Concours Géza Anda is that its work goes beyond organising its prestigious final concert and awarding significant monetary prizes. The Géza Anda Foundation is committed to providing its winners with solo engagements all over the world for three years after the Concours.
The Concours Géza Anda is thus an exceptional competition in the music world. Its aim of discovering and promoting pianistic personalities means it is run according to strict rules and requires an extremely demanding compulsory programme from its participants. But this is also an absolute prerequisite for all candidates who aspire to a successful concert career. It is vital for them to have a broad repertoire; pianists must have several solo programmes and piano concertos ready for performance, so that they can react to concert booking enquiries and programme changes both flexibly and within the shortest space of time. They also have to be ready to perform, even after a long journey by road, rail or air.
Géza Anda Foundation
CH 8002 Zurich /Swiss
Tel.: +41 44 205 14 23