Honens discovers, nurtures and presents Complete Pianists—21st century artists for 21st century audiences.

Esther Honens created a legacy of musical excellence to be enjoyed for generations. In 1991, knowing she was near the end of her life, Mrs Honens gave $5 million to endow an international piano competition in her hometown of Calgary, Canada. Her generosity, vision and love of music continue to touch the lives of Calgarians, Canadians and musicians and music-lovers around the world.

Honens prepares its Laureates for the rigours and realities of professional careers in music and creates opportunities for growth and exposure. It mentors and guides future generations of Complete Pianists too. Masterclasses, in-school programs and community residencies inspire young people to strive for excellence and the annual Honens Festival is considered one of Canada’s premier events of its kind.

"With a worthy prize winner and ten days of superb music-making, Honens 2015 was a resounding success. The Competition is a jewel in Calgary's civic crown—an event that draws a large audience of committed fans. One can only hope for a continuation of the Honens tradition, a tradition that has served and continues to serve the Calgary community so well." Calgary Herald

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