Maria Canals 2017
International Music Competition Maria Canals
Event date: Saturday 25th March 2017 to Thursday 6th April 2017
Event location: Palau de la Musica Catalana and various venues
Piano week in Barcelona. The 63rd edition of the Maria Canals music competition features over 100 free performances and 500 hours of grand piano music in Barcelona.
The competition was founded in 1954 by pianist Maria Canals and her husband, writer Rossend Llates. Maria Canals i Cendrós attended all the competitions until her death in July 2010 at the grand age of 96.
The Maria Canals International Music Competition is attended by over 80 participants from 26 different countries. The event is primarily at the Palau de la Música concert hall in Barcelona. More than 100 families in Barcelona graciously lend their pianos to contestants during the competition.
The competition consists of qualifying rounds at the Petit Palau, semi-finals and the final in the Palau de la Música.
For the general public there is a series of "OFF Maria Canals" recitals and concerts in Barcelona.
Everyone in the city will be able to play on pianos that are placed in different public places all around the city during the competition.
Visit the Maria Canals website for information about the many activities during this festival of piano music.
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