International Piano Competition
The Competition, which began in 2002, takes place in Thessaloniki (Greece) and bears the name of one of the most significant musical personalities of our city, Giorgos Thymis (1924-2009). A pianist, maestro and composer, and a former Artistic Director of the State Symphony Orchestra and the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Thymis played a leading role in the artistic life not only of Thessaloniki but also of Greece in the second half of the 20th century.
Recognized as an important European competition, it is now a member of the world-renowned Alink-Argerich Foundation and attracts high-level candidates from all over the world. This prestigious musical event for the city of Thessaloniki is organized biannually by the Friends’ Society of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra (TSSO), in collaboration with the TSSO and the Thessaloniki Concert Hall.
Acclaimed artists from Greece and abroad have served on the Jury of the “Thymis” Competition (in alphabetical order): Theodore Antoniou, Cyprien Katsaris, George Konstantinidis, Nora Loukidou, Myron Michailidis, Hamish Milne, Alexandre Myrat, Bernard Ringeissen, Jerome Rose, Gabriel Tacchino, Dimitris Toufexis and Janis Vakarelis.
The Competition unfolds in three rounds. The preliminary and semifinal are hosted at the rehearsal hall of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, and the final round at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall.