Avenor College is organizing the 11th edition of the national piano competition “Friends of the Piano“, which will take place on Sunday, June 11th, 2023, in the celebration hall of the George Enescu National College of Music in Bucharest.

The event is intended for children aged between 5 and 18, who study piano as an extracurricular activity or hobby, with a frequency of one to two hours per week. 

It is said that music is a universal language. Building upon this evidence, 11 years ago, as a school, we realized that for children studying the piano as a hobby, there was no formal framework that could provide them with the opportunity to share their learning experience and receive validation and recognition for their work.

Thus, the idea of organizing a national piano competition for non-professional children emerged, and we named it Friends of the Piano. Over the years, Friends of the Piano has brought much joy to the children, parents, and piano teachers. It has provided the motivation to continue and the strength to self-improve.

Therefore, we warmly welcome you to the 11th edition of the National Competition Friends of the Piano.” – says Claudia Andrei, PSHE Coordinator and Clubs at Avenor College.

Friends of the Piano is a competition that encourages children’s passion for music and helps them better understand the importance of art and culture in everyday life. The participation of young musicians in such events is essential to stimulate their talent and artistic abilities. At the same time, the competition represents a cultural alternative for children’s leisure time.

The competition is divided into two sections: Section A – individual, where the repertoire will be presented from memory, without sheet music, and Section B – ensemble with 4 hands, where the repertoire can be presented from memory or from sheet music. 

First, second, and third prizes, as well as Honorable Mentions, will be awarded, depending on the jury’s decision, for each category.

In addition, the Avenor “Friends of the Piano” Special Prize will be awarded, which will be announced during the “Friends of the Piano” Awards Gala. The gala will also include a short recital by the winners.

All details regarding the competition can be found in the Competition Regulations, and registrations are made exclusively online until Friday, May 26th, 2023, at 12.00 pm. After this time, the system no longer accepts registrations.

The event is an opportunity to encourage children’s passion for music and to promote the importance of art and culture in their education. 

We hope that this year’s edition will bring together a large number of talents. Good luck to all participants!