Every year in musical capitals around the globe, such as Paris, Berlin, and Washington DC, amateur pianists stride onto brightly lit stages, take their seats at concert grands, and play before a panel of judges with the hope of garnering a prize.
Amateur piano competitions
The systems architect Gorden Cheng took an unconventional path to winning the 2012 Chicago Amateur Piano Competition by playing the Mozart Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330/300h.
When Glenn Kramer visited London in 1999, the noontime classical piano concerts enchanted him. In London for six weeks while on a summer sabbatical, he checked TimeOut London in the mornings and attended the concerts, usually free to the public, during lunchtime. At Wigmore Hall, he heard Liszt’s “Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude” for the first time.