Seiler Piano Competition takes place in Würzburg for the first time.
On 31/7 and 1/8 Seiler Samick Musical Instruments Shanghai hosted the Seiler Piano Competition 2018. For this purpose, around 50 piano students and prospective pianists from all over China, accompanied by their parents and teachers, travelled to the University of Music in Würzburg. The Seiler Pianofortefabrik GmbH in Kitzingen provided high-class instruments and supported the organisers on site. The city of Kitzingen took over the patronage for the event.
The competition was officially opened at the production site of Seiler in Kitzingen on 30thof July. Seiler’s CEO Daniel Kwon welcomed all guests and participants aged five to 23 years and invited them to a factory tour. Kitzingen's mayor, Stefan Güntner, gave the Chinese delegation a heartfelt welcome and praised Seiler's commitment to shaping Kitzingen's cultural life. As representatives for the jury, Mr. Rudolf Ramming, from the University of Music in Würzburg, and Professor Han Bing, from the Chinese Conservatory in Beijing, motivated the participants for the coming days. The final speech spoke Hung Guk Lee, Vice President of Seiler Samick Shanghai and initiator of the competition, who let his enthusiasm for this event show in every second. During the following factory tour all guests, even the youngest, showed a keen interest in the traditional German production of Seiler grand pianos and uprights.
During the next two days everybody focussed on the competition. The participants competed in four age groups and bravely faced the jury. Apart from Mr. Ramming and Professor Bing, the jury consisted of the Professors Enikö Török, lecturer for piano at the University of Music Würzburg, Lyu Li from the University in Bao Ding and Fang Yi from the Harbin Conservatory.
Even the youngest competitors knew how to present themselves perfectly and the German jury members were impressed by the skills of the older participants. The winners in each age group were determined according to a cleverly thought-out point system and could win prizes worth up to 1000 €.
At the award ceremony and final concert in the beautiful Great Hall of the University of Music in Würzburg, the winners once again showed everyone what they were made of. The unmistakable sound of the Seiler Grand Piano 278 reached into the last row of the hall, which holds up to 900 people, and inspired the winners to give their personal bests.