- 32 competitors from 20 countries across 4 continents
- Jury of esteemed international pianists announced
- Final with the RSNO in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
- Tickets on sale 3 July 2017
Thirty-two competitors from 20 countries across four continents will come to Glasgow to take part in the Scottish International Piano Competition from 1 – 10 September 2017. Following a strict selection process, 32 finalists including two UK pianists, George Harliono-Evans and Luke Jones, as well as Robertas Lozinskis who is studying in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. There are a total of eleven entrants from British conservatoires, represented are the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music.
All 32 pianists will gather in Glasgow on Wednesday 30 August at the City Chambers to be welcomed to the city at a civic reception hosted by the Lord Provost. During the reception, a draw will be made to determine in which order the competitors will play in the first stage of the competition.
Internationally acclaimed pianists Steven Osborne and Olga Kern are two of the eight pianists who make up the jury, chaired by Aaron Shorr, Head of Keyboard at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Like Shorr, other members of the jury Meng-Chieh Liu, Peter Tuite and Soo-Jung Shin serve on the faculties of conservatoires around the world; and as well as his solo career, Ivari Ilja is renowned for his performances as an accompanist to some of the world’s greatest artists. Dr Krishna Thiagarajan, formerly a concert pianist, is CEO of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Aaron Shorr, Chair SIPC, said:“The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is delighted to host and support the 2017 Scottish International Piano Competition. The selection process to invite 32 participants has been long and arduous and the standards were exceptionally high. In particular, we are delighted with the innovative structure of the competition, which will see all 32 participants playing two, 30 minute recitals before 10 semi-finalists are selected to go forward to the next round. This creates a wonderful festival atmosphere at the competition as well as allowing the artistry of these wonderful pianist to shine through. This is Scotland’s most important celebration of the Piano and an event which shouldn’t be missed!”
Tickets for all rounds and the final go on sale from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (first two rounds and semi-finals) and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (final) box offices from 3 July 2017. There are plans to live stream the first rounds of the competition from the RCS.
The final will be in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 3.00pm on Sunday 10 September, 2017 and the preliminary rounds take place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow from Friday 1 September – Monday 4 September, followed by the semi-finals on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 September.
A newly commissioned piano work by composer Gordon McPherson, Head of Composition at RCS, will be performed by the ten competitors at the semi-finals. Commissioning new works is an integral part of the Competition, and previous commissions have included composers such as Rory Boyle and Thea Musgrave. This brings a particularly interesting aspect to the competition as pianists are challenged to make their own interpretation of completely new music, with no other point of musical reference than the printed music.
The final features three pianists who each perform a concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Thomas Sondergard at 3.00pm on Sunday 10 September. Repertoire is chosen from 30 concertos by a choice of 12 composers.
The first prize-winner receives £10,000, the Alexander Stone Memorial Trophy and the Frederic Lamond Gold Medal. The winner is also offered a performance with the RSNO in their 2018/19 season. Second prize is £7,500 and the Lawrence Glover Silver Medal and third prize is £5000.
The seven semi-finalists who do not go through to the final each receive a prize of £1000. There is a best performance prize of £500 for the new work in the semi-final.
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 international piano competitions held in the UK, and the only one in Scotland.
Aaron Shorr (America), Chair, pianist and Head of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano, Royal Scottish Conservatoire
Steven Osborne (Scotland), international, award-winning pianist
Olga Kern (Russia/America), international, award-winning pianist
Ivari Ilja (Estonia), pianist, accompanist and ensemble musician
Meng-Chieh Liu (Taiwan) pianist and on the faculties of Roosevelt University, New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music
Kirshna Thiagarajan (Germany), pianist and CEO of Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Peter Tuite (Republic of Ireland), pianist and Head of Piano and Keyboard studies at Trinity Laban
Soo-Jung Shin (Korea), pianist and Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University
Piotry Alexewicz, Poland
Svetlana Andreeva, Russia
In-Ju Bang, South Korea
Sung-Soo Cho, South Korea
Ludovica de Bernardo, Italy
Can Cakmur, Turkey
Vivianne Cheng, USA
Andrea Dubov, Russia
Anna Geniushene, Russia (Royal Academy of Music)
George Harliono, UK (Royal College of Music)
Yixing Hou, USA
Luke Jones, UK (Royal Northern College of Music)
Uikyung Jung, South Korea
Nejc Kamplet, Slovenia
Kang Tae Kim, South Korea
Marina Koka, Japan
Ilya Kondrateiv, Russia (Royal College of Music)
Siqian Li, China
Robertas Lozinskis, Lithuania (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
Martin Malmgreen, Sweden
Gunter Marie Rosa, Germany
Florian Mitrea, Romania
Riyad Nicolas, Syria (Royal Academy of Music)
Federico Nicoletta, Italy
Yeontaek Oh, South Korea
Luka Orkrostvaridze, Georgia
Anna Szalucka, Poland (Royal Academy of Music)
Antonina Suhanova, Latvia (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
Hin Yat Tsang, Hong Kong
Sean Yeh, USA
Yuliya Yermalayeva, Belarus
TICKETS : on sale from 3 July 2017
STAGE 3: semi-finals : Wednesday 6 September and Thursday 7 September
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Box Office
www.rcs.ac.uk 0141 332 5057 firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: £10 per session and £15 per day ticket
Inclusive ticket for Stages 1 – 3: £50