• This is a famous image of Beethoven in a dark suit and red scarf.
  • This picture shows Murray Perahia seated at a grand piano. He is holding a Henle Urtext edition of Beethoven's Piano Sonata op. 31
  • Here is a picture of the historic building where the masterclass takes place.

    The Masterclass

    DUE TO THE ONGOING PANDEMIC THE MASTERCLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED. The masterclass will take place at another time that is still to be determined. Please check this website again. Tickets for the public (masterclass and final lunch concert) will be available from approximately 2 months before the date. Meet the finalists » HERE

    This course, exclusively sponsored by G. Henle Verlag in honour of the unmatched composer Ludwig van Beethoven, is dedicated to young professional pianists who wish to receive advice and guidance from one of the world’s leading international concert pianists.
    Murray Perahia not only ranks among the very most famous piano players in the world, he is especially renowned for his musical interpretation and knowledge of Beethoven’s piano works. Murray Perahia, in conjunction with G. Henle Verlag, is the editor and musical advisor for Henle’s new complete Urtext edition of all 32 Beethoven sonatas.
    Students of the Murray Perahia Piano Masterclass will have the exclusive opportunity for in-depth study of a chosen movement from any one of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, with the exception of op. 49 and op. 79.
    Each student will have a 45-minute public teaching session one-on-one with Maestro Perahia.

    Perahia Masterclass by G.Henle Verlag

    Dates and Location

    Due to the unaltered restrictions for travel from countries outside of Europe the masterclass is postponed. A new date is still to be decided and will be announced well ahead of the time. The masterclass will be held in the historical setting of the Schloss Fürstenried on the Southern outskirts of the city of Munich, Germany. The venue is a picturesque palace with surrounding park, dating from the 17th century. The masterclasses and performances take place in the main building, accommodations are provided in the building annex, and are free of charge for the chosen participants.

    Rules of Participation and Conditions

    Professional pianists and conservatory students between the age of 16 (born before June 24, 2003) and 26 (born after June 24, 1994) may apply for the masterclass. Students of all nationalities may apply, but they are required to have fluency in speaking and understanding English language.

    Per invited active participant the Masterclass includes:

    a) Lessons: 1 lesson (of 45 minutes) with Maestro Murray Perahia. The lessons schedule will be given during the Opening Ceremony or upon arrival.

    b) Apart from the application fee of 50 Euros the masterclass is free of charge.

    G. Henle Verlag will reimburse travel costs for economy flight or train up to 500 Euros. Accommodation is provided free of charge for up to 4 nights (breakfast and lunch included) in the hotel annex of the Schloss Fürstenried in single and double bedrooms with en-suite shower. Hotel and travel for accompanying person not included.

    c) Practice facilities: rooms with pianos are provided so that participants can practice every day. The practice schedule will be determined after the class schedule is finalized.

    d) The students will give a lunch concert on the closing day, September 10, 2020. The presence of all participants is required.

    e) An International Masterclass Participation Certificate will be given to all active participants.

    Finalists, Programme and Tickets

    From a total of 59 valid applications submitted within the due date on February 29, 2020, the jury made a pre-selection of 25 candidates. Maestro Perahia has made a final choice of 10 promising young pianists. Meet them HERE

    The masterclass will take place over the course of three days and will be open to the public. The schedule will be posted here as soon as the performance pieces have been selected and the order of performance has been determined.

    Tickets for the public will be available after a new date for the masterclass has been announced.

    Members of the Jury

    University of Music and Performing Arts Munich

    G. Henle Verlag, Munich

    Mozarteum University Salzburg

    Masterclass Jury