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Prize-winners' soirée in the Beethoven House marks the start of the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn 2021

With 101 applicants, the application phase for the International Telekom Beethoven Competition 2021 came to an end last Friday. This is the first time the international pianist competition has had more than 100 applicants, breaking the previous record set in 2011 and 2015, when 95 pianists each expressed interest in the competition.
The 43 female and 58 male pianists come from 25 nations: Australia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Madagascar, Mexico, Ossetia, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine and the United States.

The International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn 2021 will kick off with a prize-winners' soirée featuring Yuto Takezawa and Shihyun Lee on June 16 at 8 p.m. in the Chamber Music Hall of Beethoven-Haus Bonn. Japanese Yuto Takezawa is the second prize winner of the International Telekom Beethoven Competition 2019; South Korean Shihyun Lee received the third prize in the same year. The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann.

During the concert, the names of the 28 participants in the upcoming competition will be announced publicly for the first time. The International Telekom Beethoven Competition 2021 will take place in Bonn from December 2 to 11.

Due to the pandemic restrictions currently in place, the concert will be available to listen to and watch via live stream. On June 16, starting at 8 p.m., Telekom will broadcast the concert live here on the competition's homepage.