What We Do
The triennial Honens Piano Competition’s ’Search for the Complete Pianist’ awards the world’s largest prize of its kind—$100,000 and an artistic and career development program valued at a half million dollars. Honens is committed to nurturing lifelong artistic and professional development of its Laureates, Competition pianists and homegrown Canadian musicians.
Honens Competition Laureates have gone on to play on the stages of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. By enlisting an international roster of exceptional musicians and prominent arts professionals, Honens mentors and guides future generations of Complete Pianists too. Masterclasses, in-school programs and community residencies inspire young people to strive for excellence.
Honens also presents an international festival of piano every September in Calgary.
“In the crowded world of piano competitions, no winner can ever be guaranteed a career. That’s why other competitions have so much to learn from the way Honens treats its winning artists. Perhaps there are too many piano competitions, but there are too few like Honens.”—Maclean’s
Honens discovers, nurtures and presents Complete Pianists—21st century artists for 21st century audiences.
The Honens Competition discovers a unique, imaginative and informed artist—an emerging Complete Pianist whose distinctive voice, versatility and ease as communicator demonstrate that he/she is ready to professionalize a career.
A world-class artistic and career development program
Every three years, a new Honens Prize Laureate is awarded Honens’ half-million dollar (CAN) Artist Development Program. The program provides artistic and career guidance and support, including worldwide representation for three years, debut recitals in major career-building markets, production of a professional recording at The Banff Centre and released globally on the Honens label, as well as valuable coaching and mentorship opportunities.
Laureates give back to Calgary
Throughout the three year program, the Laureate returns to Calgary for a variety of performances including Festival recitals, free outdoor concerts, salon performances for donors and in-school programs.