Press annauncement of Horowitz Competition Kyiv - Geneva 2023


A member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) since 2004, the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz has been severely impacted by the ongoing war in Ukraine. The World Federation of International Music Competitions thus taken the initiative to host this competition in Geneva (Switzerland), as a gesture of support for a great cultural institution, as well as an attempt to bridge differences and bring people together through music.  

The World Federation will thus present the Horowitz Competition under the name Horowitz Competition Kyiv-Geneva, from 13-21 April 2023 in Geneva. WFIMC believes their mission of striving for artistic excellence, authenticity, fairness and equality to support young artists is meaningless unless they give an example to show their social and cultural responsibility: to bring a devastated arts institution back into view; to support young artists in war-torn Ukraine; and to show that common values and common understanding among young people can build a basis for a better future.

«The Federal Office of Culture welcomes the commitment of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) to present the 2023 Horowitz Competition in the city of Geneva. It is an honor for Switzerland to receive a competition of such a great reputation, and to welcome so many talented musicians on this occasion. Moreover, bringing the Horowitz Competition to a city renowned for its international role in humanitarian commitment is a strong signal of support for the cultural and musical heritage of Ukraine». 

Carine Bachmann
Director, Federal Office of Culture, Bern


Kirill Karabits (Chairman) 

Giuseppe Albanese

Michel Béroff

Alexei Gorlatch

Rico Gulda

Piers Lane

Maria Murawska

Tisa Ho

Sisi Ye


April 13-15                   
First Round (Liszt Hall, Geneva Conservatory of Music)

April 16-17                   Second Round (Liszt Hall, Geneva Conservatory of Music)

April 18-19                   Third Round/Semifinal (Liszt Hall, Geneva Conservatory of Music)

April 21                         Final Round (Victoria Hall)

Final Round of the Competition will take place in the most famous concert hall in Geneva – Victoria Hall (

Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits will also lead the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in the competition finals at Victoria Hall. 

For the first time in history, the Ukrainian competition will be broadcast live on

Prize fund of the competition – 70 000 CHF

Additional prizes and engagements will be announced during the coming months.

І Prize – 20 000 CHF

ІІ Prize – 15 000 CHF

ІІІ Prize – 10 000 CHF

VERE MUSIC FUND Prize - Certificate and CHF 5.000 awarded to the best Ukrainian Artist.  

Performances for the best Ukrainian Artist will be offered by VERE MUSIC FUND. 

Horowitz Prize Certificate and CHF 3.000 for the best performance of a virtuoso Horowitz Transcription. 

WFIMC Prize - Certificate and CHF 3.000 Awarded for the best performance of a work written by a Ukrainian composer
(regardless of the nationality of the participant).

Chopin Prize - Certificate and 2 performances offered by the Fryderyk Chopin Intl. Piano Competition, Warsaw.

Except for the winners of First, Second and Third prize, participants in the Semifinal (3rd Round) will receive an award of CHF 1.500.

Performances for the Winners may be offered, among others, by:

The Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth, USA;

Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, Bolzano, Italy;

Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Steinway Prizewinner Concerts, offered by Steinway & Sons, Hamburg, Germany. 

South Korea Tour offered by SBU Artists.

The application will be submitted on

The deadline for submission of applications is January 31, 2023

All selected participants will receive free accommodation with a host family or at a hotel. 

International participants who have been accepted for the live rounds of the competition may apply for travel support.

Practice rooms, most of them with grand pianos, are available for all competitors at the Conservatoire de Genève.

Nationals of Ukraine are exempt from the application fee!

More information

Contacts in Ukraine:
Iryna Polstiankina
resident of the International Charitable Fund of Vladimir Horowitz Competition
Press secretary
Svitlana Shtefan-Antoniuk
+38 097-269-64-16

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