Russians and Americans make up the majority of the 21 contestants, who were selected from recital videotapes. The other successful contestants, whose average age is 25, are from Korea, Israel, Brazil, China, Germany, Ukraine and Georgia.
Calgary's triennial Honens International Piano Competition was founded in 1991; the fifth competition will take place October 19 to November 3. The three winners will share C$77,500 in prize money and three years of career assistance, including concert dates.
Previous winners include Maxim Philippov, Albert Tiu, Sergei Babayan and Kyzysztof Jablonski.