The Scottish International Piano Competition announces details of the 11th competition which will run from 1 – 10 September 2017 in Glasgow. This prestigious competition, which takes place every three years, attracts many of the world’s brilliant young pianists to Scotland.
Thirty competitors, aged 18-30, will take part in a series of recital programmes and a concerto final before an international jury of musicians and pianists chaired by Professor Aaron Shorr, Head of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).
Bailie Liz Cameron, SIPC Chair, said: “I am delighted to be Chair of the Board of SIPC and look forward to our Competition next year. It is a huge honour for the City of Glasgow to host this wonderful event; what marvelous role models these young hugely talented pianists provide. I’m really grateful to RCS and RSNO for their support, to Friends, Patrons, Sponsors and hosts and to the members of the Board who are so dedicated to this Competition”
Ten competitors then take part in the semi-final and from these three are selected to play a concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Sondergard, in the final round. The first prize of £10,000 carries with it the Frederic Lamond Gold Medal and an invitation to perform with the RSNO in their 2018 season.
RSNO Chief Executive, Dr Krishna Thiagarajan, said: “The RSNO is proud to continue its association with the Scottish International Piano Competition, one of the leading events of the international competition calendar. We very much look forward to performing alongside some of the finest emerging soloists of the instrument.”
The semifinalists will also perform a newly commissioned work by Gordon McPherson, Head of Composition at RCS, which provides a particularly intriguing challenge as pianists will have to interpret the new piece through the printed music alone. Commissioning new works has been an integral part of past Scottish International Piano Competition and has involved composers including Thea Musgrave and Rory Boyle.
Since launching in 1986, the competition has enabled many talented young musicians to gain recognition at an early stage in their professional careers, many of whom have gone on to international acclaim including Tom Poster (2007), Katya Apekisheva (1998), Charles Owen (1995), Susan Tomes (second prize, 1986) and Graeme McNaught (first ever winner, 1986)
Held under the auspices of the World Federation of International Music Competitions SIPC is only one of three major piano competitions held in the UK, and the only one in Scotland.