MARIA CANALS COMPETITION
If you happened to be walking down Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona last Saturday and see a grand piano standing in the middle of the street, don’t worry – you were not still drunk from the night before!
Ten of these pianos have purposefully been placed in the street and made available to anyone who wishes to play. The idea is to make people aware of the 2013 edition of the Maria Canals competition – a cultural project that involves more than one hundred performers from all over the world. Maria Canals (a Catalan musician) and her husband founded the project in the early 1950s which means that this year marks the 59th edition of this event. It was founded along with some prominent Catalan leaders of the time. In fact, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain is the Honorary President!
It is probably the most traditional competition that is organized in Barcelona specifically for piano, but also for violin, cello, guitar, flute and percussion. With regards to piano competitions, it is regarded as one of the most prestigious in the world. During the competition, more than 100 families from around Barcelona lend their own pianos to contestants during the event.
The 2013 rendition will have more than 80 000 Euros prize money – First prize being valued at 20 000 Euros, and second prize at 10 000 Euros. Third prize wins 6000 Euros and finalists will all receive 1000 Euros.
The event is currently taking place and will run until the 22nd of March and the program includes various concerts to be held at Palau de la Musica Catalana, as well as other locations in Barcelona. In total, 130 free musical concerts will be offered in 30 locations.
For more information on the details of the event, visit the Maria Canals website here