You are on page 1of 25



Piano Competition
1 – 10 September 2017

Welcome 4

UNESCO City of Music 5

Why Glasgow? 5

Scottish International Piano Competition 6

A Festival of Piano Music 7

Sponsors and Donors 8

Patrons and Friends 9

Competition Calendar 11

The Jury 13

The Competitors 21

Frederic Lamond 38

Competition Repertoire 39

Gordon McPherson and the Test Piece 40

The Orchestra 42

Thomas Søndergård, Conductor 44

Scottish International Piano Competition

Welcome Why
It is my pleasure to welcome the Scottish Welcome to the Scottish International Piano Glasgow was named UNESCO City of Music in Glasgow’s legendary music scene stretches
International Piano Competition to the city. Competition 2017. August 2008. It is the second Scottish city to join across the whole spectrum from contemporary
This triennial event is an established and highly the Creative Cities Network beside Edinburgh City of and classical to Celtic and Country. Its venues are
regarded musical fixture that attracts gifted As ever we look forward to a veritable feast of piano Literature. equally varied and include King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
competitors from across the globe to Glasgow. music from our hugely talented competitors from (consistently voted the top live music venue in the
Glasgow is a city with a reputation for musical across the world. It is a huge honour for Glasgow, What is UNESCO? Founded in 1945, currently 193 UK), the Barrowlands, 02 Academy, the Hydro, the
excellence. As a UNESCO City of Music we pride UNESCO City of Music, to serve once more as the member states – cultural arm of the United Nations. Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow
ourselves on our musical diversity. Hosting events host of SIPC. Royal Concert Hall and many pubs and clubs
that cross musical genres and styles including Celtic What is the Creative Cities Network? 41 cities across throughout the city.
Connections, Proms in the Park, TRMNSMT and the Clearly our competition could not take place the world with 6 existing Cities of Music (Glasgow,
Kelvingrove Bandstand concerts. without the support and diligent efforts of our many Bologna, Bogota, Brazzaville, Seville and Ghent). Glasgow is home to four of the five National
supporters. Thanks are due to the trusts, businesses, Companies (including Scottish Opera and the Royal
The Scottish International Piano Competition held in local authorities, city organisations and individuals Our Aims: Scottish National Orchestra) alongside other national
memory of Frederic Lamond, a Glasgow born pianist who have made generous contributions to SIPC. organisations including the BBC Scottish Symphony
and pupil of Liszt, is an event Glasgow City Council is As ever we are indebted to the Royal Conservatoire • Enhance the city’s creative potential by using Orchestra, BBC Scotland, National Youth Companies,
delighted to support. of Scotland with whom SIPC works closely. I should the title to promote ambition and excellence in Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Scottish
like to express my gratitude to Professor Aaron Shorr music of all genres; Ensemble.
I would like to thank everyone involved in the the Artistic Director of the Competition, Professor • Stimulate interest in musical education with the
planning and organising of this prestigious event Fali Pavri and Ian Mills, our Administrator. resulting social benefits; The city hosts an average of 130 music events each
which is always a great success. • Culturally transform the city by using the week (more than any other Scottish city) and it is
I am forever conscious of the huge support from universal language of music; estimated that music businesses generate some
The Rt Hon Councillor Eva Bolander and the hard work undertaken by my fellow Board • Improve access to music for all ages and social £75 million a year for Glasgow’s economy.
Lord Provost of Glasgow Members of SIPC and take this opportunity to and ethnic backgrounds
express to each of them my grateful thanks. • Actively contribute to the UNESCO Creative Glasgow has the highest density of higher education
Cities network. institutions offering courses in music, and the
I know you will all enjoy greatly our SIPC 2017. largest population of music students in Scotland.

Liz Cameron Five of the biggest Scottish employers in the music

Chair, Scottish International Piano Competition industry are based in Glasgow and the city employs
over half the country’s entire music workforce.

4 5
Scottish International Piano Competition

Scottish International A Festival of

Piano Competition Piano Music
Honorary President Honorary Friends Administration The eleventh Scottish International Piano Competition First Prize
Raymond M Williamson Dmitri Alexeev has again attracted interest from a large number of £10,000
John Lill Administrator talented young pianists from around the world. The The Patrons and Friends Prize
Honorary Vice Presidents Bernard d’Ascoli Ian Mills international jury will be chaired by Professor Aaron Sir Alexander Stone Memorial Trophy
Lady Stone James Loughran Shorr, Head of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at the Frederick Lamond Gold Medal
Mrs Helen Chalmers Sergei Babayan Scottish International Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a member of the
Hamish Milne Piano Competition World Federation of International Music Competitions, Second Prize
Board of Directors Daniel Barenboim c/o RCS SIPC regulations comply with the highest standards set £7,500
Bryce Morrison 100 Renfrew Street for international music competitions Lawrence Glover Silver Medal
Chair Alfred Brendel Glasgow Supported by the Merchants House of Glasgow
Liz Cameron Cristina Ortiz G2 3DB For SIPC 2017, all competitors play in stages 1 and 2
Arnaldo Cohen E-mail thus providing an opportunity to design a 30-minute Third Prize
Directors Cecile Ousset Website recital programme in which they can demonstrate £5,000
Richard Clark Bella Davidovich Charitable Trust SC 009346 their breadth and depth of repertoire. The jury will The Douglas McKerrell Memorial Prize and Trophy
Ian Dickson Steven Osborne Company Number SC185425 then select ten semi-finalists who perform a free
Ann Lever Nikolai Demidenko choice of repertoire in their 60-minute recital although Semi Final Prizes
Lizanne McKerrell Maurizio Pollini Registered Office they must include the commissioned piece written £1,000
James Y. Miller Barry Douglas Macroberts by Gordon McPherson. A special prize is awarded The Barcapel Foundation Prize
Dr Lynn Noble Christopher Seaman Capella Building (Tenth Floor) to the competitor who, in the opinion of the jury and The William Brown Prize
Aaron Shorr Peter Frankl 60 York Street the composer, gives the best performance of the The AMW Charitable Trust Prize
Howard Shelley Glasgow commissioned piece. The W A Cargill Fund Prize
Andrei Gavrilov G2 8JX The Hugh Fraser Foundation Prize
Jean-Yves Thibaudet The initial stages of the competition take place in the The J R Gibbs Trust Prize
Anthony Goldstone Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Competitors will play The Syson Foundation Prize
Valerie Tryon each of three grand pianos – Steinway, Bosendorfer
Ingrid Haebler and Fazioli – during the competition. Special Prize
John Wallace £500
Philip Jenkins These stages will be streamed live. For the best performance of the commissioned work.

Three finalists then go forward to the concerto final In conformity with the rules of the World Federation
where they will perform in the Glasgow Royal Concert of International Music Competitions, the monetary
Hall with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra prizes awarded on the final evening of the
conducted by Thomas Søndergård. The concert will be competition will be judged on the basis of the
recorded by Classic FM for broadcast at a later date. competitors’ overall performances throughout the
competition week.
In addition to a cash prize, the winner also receives a
concert engagement with the RSNO during the 2018-19 The jury is not obliged to award all the prizes.

We hope you enjoy what is sure to be a thrilling week,

watching some of the world’s finest young pianists
compete here in Glasgow.

6 7
Scottish International Piano Competition

Sponsors Patrons
and Donors and Friends
Gold Patrons Patrons Friends

Robin Barr Allan and Moyra Barns - Graham Dr A G Aitken

Donald and Nan Blair Elizabeth Boyd Janet Baird
The Scottish International Piano Nancy Brown’s Charitable Trust Mr & Mrs Douglas T Boyd Miss J Ann Boyd Marilyn Boyd
Competition gratefully acknowledges Alison & Anthony Brown Laura Buist Mrs Bridget Butter
the support of the following: The Inches Carr Trust Colin Clark Helen Chalmers Richard Clark

The William Syson Foundation Lord Cameron of Lochbroom Mr Russell Crichton Albert Cowie
Glasgow City Council
Mrs Beth Gibb Dr Frances Dryburgh Simon & Liz Freebairn-Smith
Jennie. S. Gordon Memorial Foundation The AMW Charitable Trust Dr David Greenhough Sir Kerr Fraser Adele Granet
Nick and Sally Kuenssberg Mrs Ailene S Hunter Norah R Gray
Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust The W. A Cargill Fund
Mrs Katharine M E Liston Mrs Inez Hutchison The Rt Hon Lord Hamilton
JTH Charitable Trust The Tay Charitable Trust Iain McGlashan Dr Helen M Laird Susan Hemmens
Maureen Michie Robert Love Mrs Kirsten Holmes
The McKerrell Family The R K T Harris Trust
Neil R Murray Dr A G Mathieson Colin Holroyd

The Merchants House of Glasgow The James Wood Bequest Fund Mr & Mrs Charles M Scott Stewart MacKay Diane Howie
The Hon. Lord and Lady Weir Elaine McLaren Mrs Ann Lever
Commonweal Fund Chardon Trading Limited
Raymond & Brenda Williamson Mr Duncan McGhie Ewan Love

Barcapel Foundation Limited VWM Wealth Ian Morrison Miss Jean C MacKenzie
Dr Lynn Noble Mrs Maeve McGlynn
The Hugh Fraser Foundation Arts&Business Scotland
Ms Jean Reid Mrs E A McKerrell

J.R Gibb Charitable Trust Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Mrs E M Robertson Mr James W McNeill
Mrs Feodor Wolfe Mr David Morgan
Cruden Foundation Limited ArtsPR Dr Jill Morgan
Dr & Mrs Michael Moss
The Binks Trust
Mr & Mrs J. B. Pettinger
Andrew O Robertson
Alastair & Elaine Rolland
Patricia Sogbanmu
Patricia Waite

8 9

Friday 1 September Guest Recital by SIPC 2014
Stage 1 recitals winner Jonathon Fournel
Stevenson Hall, RCS Stevenson Hall, RCS
10am, 2.30pm, 7.30pm 1pm

Saturday 2 September Wednesday 6 September

Stage 1 recitals Semi- final recitals
Stevenson Hall, RCS Stevenson Hall, RCS
9.25am, 2.30pm, 7.30pm 2pm, 7.30pm

Sunday 3 September Thursday 7 September

Stage 2 recitals Semi-final recitals
Stevenson Hall, RCS Stevenson Hall, RCS
10am, 2.30pm, 7.30pm 2pm, 7.30pm

Monday 4 September Friday 8 September

Stage 2 recitals Announcement of Finalists
Stevenson Hall, RCS Stevenson Hall, RCS
9.25am, 2.30pm, 7.30pm 11am

Tuesday 5 September Sunday 10 September

Announcement of Concerto final
Semi finalists Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Stevenson Hall, RCS 3pm


The Jury
The Dawning of a new age... Aaron Shorr
Since settling in the United Kingdom in 1984, Aaron Aaron Shorr studied at the Manhattan School of
Shorr has established an international career as Music in New York and the Royal Academy of Music
soloist, chamber musician and educator. As well in London, where he received their most prestigious
as appearing as soloist at London's South Bank in prizes for performance. His teachers have included
over thirty concertos, he has toured extensively as Alexander Kelly, Solomon Mikowsky, Gary Graffman,
a recitalist and chamber musician worldwide. More André Watts, John Browning and chamber music
recent performances have included tours of Italy, with Joseph Seiger, former duo partner of legendary
Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland, violinist Mischa Elman.
Turkey, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and
the United States. He has performed extensively Aaron Shorr was a professor and researcher at
in the United Kingdom appearing in concerti, the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1992
solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the before going on to lead the keyboard department
Wigmore Hall, St. Martins in the Field and St. John’s at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2006.
Smith Square and festivals throughout Britain. He His students have gone on to win major prizes at
has also appeared in major European Festivals international competitions including the Rubinstein
including the BBC Proms, Menuhin Festival, Munich International Piano Master Competition, Tel Aviv,
Biennale, Hanover Expo, Paganiniana in Genoa, UNISA, Pretoria, Rio, Brazil, Munich, St. Petersburg,
Venice Biennale, Instrumenta Festival Mexico, the Tokyo, Vines - Spain, Piano Campus - Paris, Redding-
Skopje Days of New Music, Cyprus International Piette and the Schubert Competition in the Czech
Contemporary Music Festival and the Istanbul Republic. His students have also won prizes in major
Biennale. He has broadcast frequently for radio, UK competitions, including the Royal Overseas
including BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland, Classic FM, League, Brandt, Bromsgrove, Park Lane Debut
Bavarian Radio, Swiss Classical Radio, ABC Australia, Series and the Moray Piano Competition. In 2011, he
and WQXR New York. became Artistic Director and Chair of the Jury for the
“… allows your imagination Scottish International Piano Competition.
to take flight and soar …” Aaron Shorr has recorded for Naxos, Mettier,
Olympia, NMC and Meridian. His recordings of In 2006, Aaron Shorr was appointed Head of
Angela Hewitt Beethoven with duo partner, Peter Sheppard Keyboard at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In
Skaerved, have won wide acclaim. Research on 2013, he was awarded a Professorship from RCS
composers in Beethoven’s inner circle of friends and from 2013-2015, also served as Acting Director
“Sensational Instruments…” and contemporaries has yielded modern recording of Music at RCS.
premieres of works by Mayseder, Ries and Archduke
Daniil Trifonov Rudolph as well as unknown chamber version of
Beethoven’s Third Symphony. He has also enjoyed
close associations with composers and has given
countless premieres and performances of works,
including those by Hans Werner Henze, George
Rochberg, Sadie Harrison, David Matthews, Paul
Moravec, Elliott Schwartz, Jorg Widmann, Michael
Jaques Samuel Pianos is UK’s sole supplier of Fazioli Pianos Alec Rose, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Judith Bingham,
Rory Boyle, Marek Pasieczny, and Sidika Ozdil.
TEL. 020 7723 8818
Jaques Samuel Pianos Ltd,
142 Edgware Road/Marble Arch, London W2 2DZ,, 13
Scottish International Piano Competition

The Jury The Jury

Ivari Ilja Olga Kern
Professor Ivari Ilja studied at the Tallinn State Ivari has held solo recitals in France, United Kingdom, Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is recognised as Natal Philharmonics, an Israeli tour with the Israel
Conservatoire with Professor Laine Mets and at the Germany, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, Finland and one of her generation's great artists. With her vivid Symphony, solo recitals at Sarasota’s Van Wezel
Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with Professor performed as a soloist with several symphony stage presence, passionately confident musicianship Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the University
Vera Gornostayeva and Professor Sergey Dorensky. orchestras. He is a recognised accompanist and and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist of Kansas’s Lied Center, and recitals with Renée
He held the position of the Head of Keyboard Studies ensemble musician. His collaboration with renowned continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Fleming in Carnegie Hall and Berkeley.
in 2000-2015 and, in 2017, he was elected as the singers Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Irina Arkhipova, Maria Olga was born into a family of musicians with direct
Rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Guleghina, etc. has been particularly successful and links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, and began Ms. Kern has performed with Tokyo’s NHK
Theatre. Ivari Ilja has given masterclasses, among acclaimed. Together they have performed on many studying piano at the age of five. She jump-started Symphony; Orchestre National de Lyon; Orquestra
other places, at the Guildhall School of Music in of the great concert stages of the world, including her US career with her historic Gold Medal at the Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo; the Detroit
London, Latvian Academy of Music in Riga and Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall of New York, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Symphony for Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos 1, 2,
the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has also Kennedy Center of Washington DC, Queen Elizabeth Worth, Texas, as the first woman to do so in more and 3; and the Symphonies of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati,
served as a jury member in several international Hall and Barbican Hall in Londo and Suntory Hall of than thirty years. Nashville, Colorado, Madison, and Austin. Ms. Kern
competitions. Ivari Ilja’s students include several Tokyo,c. In 2001, Ivari Ilja won the Estonian National Steinway Artist and First-Prize winner of the has also given recitals in New York, San Francisco,
prize winners in international piano competitions. Culture Award and in 2006, the prize of the Estonian Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition Seattle, and Louisville, with performances alongside
Music Council. at the age of seventeen, Ms. Kern is a laureate Renée Fleming and Kathleen Battle. Ms. Kern's has
of many international competitions and tours performed in many of the world's most important
throughout Russia, Europe, the United States, venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the
Japan, South Africa, and South Korea. The first Olga Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Salzburger
Kern International Piano Competition took place Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich,
in Albuquerque in 2016. Olga is a corresponding and the Châtelet in Paris.
member of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Division of the Arts, and served as Jury Chairman Her discography includes Harmonia Mundi recordings
of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the
Competition in June 2016. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher
Seaman (2003), her Grammy-nominated recording
In the 2016/2017 season, Ms. Kern premiered her of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and other
first American concerto, the Barber Piano Concerto, transcriptions (2004), a recital disc with works by
with the Saint Louis Symphony and Leonard Slatkin. Rachmaninoff and Balakirev (2005), Chopin’s Piano
She also appeared with the Pacific Symphony, Concerto No. 1 with the Warsaw Philharmonic and
Colorado Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit (2006), Brahms’s Variations (2007), and a
Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, and Copenhagen 2010 release of Chopin’s Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3
Philharmonic. Recital appearances include the (2010). Most recently, SONY released their recording
Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Scottsdale Center of Ms. Kern performing the Rachmaninoff Sonata for
for the Arts, Virginia Arts Festival, Milan, and Cello and Piano with cellist Sol Gabetta. She was also
Glasgow. Ms. Kern opened the Baltimore Symphony’s featured in the award-winning documentary about
2015/2016 centennial season with Marin Alsop. the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge,
Other season highlights included returns to the Royal as well as in Olga’s Journey, A Musical Odyssey in St.
Philharmonic with Pinchas Zukerman, Orchestre Petersburg, and in They Came to Play. In 2012, Olga
Philharmonique de Nice with Giancarlo Guerrero, and her brother, conductor and composer, Vladimir
performances with the Rochester Philharmonic and Kern, co-founded the “Aspiration” foundation, whose
San Antonio Symphony, a month-long tour of South objective is to provide financial and artistic assistance
Africa for concerts with the Cape and KwaZulu to musicians throughout the world.

14 15
Scottish International Piano Competition

The Jury The Jury

Meng-Chieh Liu Steven Osborne
A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Liu also collaborates with artists in varied disciplines, Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most notable world’s prestigious venues including the Konzerthaus
Grant, Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak musicians whose insightful and idiomatic Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonie
as a 21-year-old student at the Curtis Institute Dance Project, among other dance companies. His interpretations of diverse repertoire show Berlin, de Doelen Rotterdam, Palais des Beaux
of Music when he substituted at last minute's concerts have been heard over the airwaves around an immense musical depth. His numerous Arts Brussels, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Kennedy Center
notice for André Watts at the Academy of Music in the world, and a biography on his life was broadcast awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Washington and Carnegie Hall. His chamber music
Philadelphia. The concert earned high acclaim from on Taiwanese National Television. Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two partners include Alban Gerhardt, Paul Lewis, James
critics and audience alike, and was followed by a Gramophone Awards for recordings of Britten’s Ehnes, Dietrich Henschel and Alina Ibragimova.
number of widely praised performances, including a During the 2016-17 season, Liu appeared with works for piano and orchestra and of solo works by
recital at the Kennedy Center and a concert on the orchestras in Miami, Philadelphia, Beijing, Shenzhen, Prokofiev and Mussorgsky. Highlights of 16/17 season include performances
Philadelphia All-Star Series. Already an accomplished Kunming, Qindao and Taichung, collaborating with with the Oslo Philharmonic/Mena, Tokyo
artist at the time, Mr. Liu had made his New York conductors Long Yu, Daye Lin, Kah Chun Wong, Concerto performances take Steven Osborne to Metropolitan Symphony/Brabbins, Dresden
orchestral debut two years earlier. Guoyong Zhang and David Wetherill. He was the major orchestras all over the world including recent Philharmonic/Francis, Royal Flemish Philharmonic/
featured soloist with the Forbidden City Chamber visits to the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Märkl. St Louis Symphony/Denève, Oregon
The stellar beginning of his career was abruptly Orchestra in the world premiere of works written for Salzburg Mozarteum, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Symphony/Kalmar, Hallé/Langrée and BBC
halted by a rare and debilitating illness that affected him by Xiaogang Ye. Radio Symphony, Danish National Radio, London Symphony/Oramo. Recital tours take him to Japan,
his connective tissues. Hospitalised and almost Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Yomiuri Italy, Belgium, the US and Wigmore Hall.
immobile for a year, doctors believed his chances His reputation as a teacher/mentor has brought him Nippon Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra,
for survival were slim and, should he survive, playing across the globe in summer festivals, masterclasses, Aspen Music Festival and Mostly Mozart Festival This season also sees the release of his 25th CD on
the piano would be "absolutely impossible." With and lecture recitals. Since 1993, Liu served on the at Lincoln Center. He has enjoyed collaborations Hyperion spanning an 18-year partnership. These
arduous determination and relentless physical piano and chamber music faculties at the Curtis with conductors including Christoph von Dohnanyi, releases have accumulated numerous awards from
therapy, Mr. Liu has been restored to full health Institute of Music, and recently added the New Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Stéphane Denève, the UK, France, Germany and the USA including two
and is now once again performing on the concert England Conservatory to his itinerary. For the last Ludovic Morlot, Juanjo Mena, Leif Segerstam, Gramophone Awards, three Preis der Deutschen
stage. Since then, he has performed throughout the three summers, he was also a faculty member for Andrew Litton, Ingo Metzmacher, Vladimir Jurowski, Schallplattenkritik Awards, a Choc in Classica Magazine
world as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras the Tanglewood Music Center. Also a faculty member Ed Gardner and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. and many ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone. His
under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo at Roosevelt University in Chicago from 20016-2014, recordings span a wide range of repertoire including
Dudamel and Alan Gilbert. In 2002, Liu received Liu joined Chicago Chamber Musicians in the fall of He is a favourite soloist of British orchestras and for Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, Stravinsky,
the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Philadelphia 2009, and served as Artistic Director of the ensemble the 16/17 season is Artist in Residence with the City Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Medtner, Messiaen, Britten,
Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award. from 2011-2014, where performances have already of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Reflecting his Tippett, Crumb and Feldman. His second disc of
A sought-after musician and strong advocate of been acclaimed for his "faultless, discreetly balanced eclectic musical taste, Osborne brings concertos Beethoven sonatas, opps 90, 10 and 106 is released
chamber music, Liu performs in music festivals pianism" (Chicago Classical Review). by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Messiaen, Britten and in October 2016 and his recording of the Ravel Piano
across the globe and has worked with international Tippett to Birmingham. He regularly works with Concertos coupled with de Falla Nights in the Gardens
musicians Shmuel Ashkenasi, David Soyer, Bernard the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC of Spain is released in spring 2017.
Greenhouse, James Buswell, Wendy Warner as well Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
as the Borromeo and St. Lawrence Quartets. with whom he recently completed a Beethoven Piano Steven Osborne won first prize at the prestigious
Concerto cycle, and last August made his thirteenth Clara Haskil Competition in 1991 and the Naumburg
appearance at the Proms. International Competition in 1997. Born in Scotland,
he studied with Richard Beauchamp at St. Mary's
Steven Osborne’s recitals of carefully crafted Music School in Edinburgh and Renna Kellaway at
programmes are publicly and critically acclaimed the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
without exception. In recent seasons he has held He is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of
residencies at both De Singel in Antwerp and at Music and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
Wigmore Hall and has performed in many of the of Edinburgh in March 2014.

16 17
Scottish International Piano Competition

The Jury The Jury

Peter Tuite Soo-Jung Shin
Praised for his “astonishing technical facility”, Educated at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Soo-Jung SHIN received her musical training at the She has served as jury of international competitions
“singing line” and “perfect sense of balance”, Peter Oxford and as a Fulbright scholar at the Peabody Seoul National University, the Vienna Academy of including ARD, Seoul, Tokyo, Köln, UNISA, Dublin,
Tuite is now widely regarded as one of Ireland’s Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, he Music (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Hamamatsu, Sendai and Leeds International Music
leading classical musicians and one of the subsequently went on to become Head of the in Wien) and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Competitions.
outstanding talents of his generation. Over the past Keyboard Faculty and later the first Senior Dean of Baltimore, USA. Her teachers include Chung Jin-Woo,
decade, he has garnered considerable international the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is currently the Josef Dichler, Leon Fleisher, Wilhelm Kempff and At the age of 26, she became the youngest faculty
acclaim for his recital and concerto appearances Head of Piano and Keyboard Instruments at Trinity Maria Curzio Diamond. She won many prizes in member at her alma mater, College of Music, School
throughout the world. Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. music competitions including the Dong-A National National University. She taught also at Seoul High
Competition in Korea, the Elena Rombro Stepanow School of Arts and Kyung Won University where she
More recently, his twelve-concert joint-traversal of Along with numerous further concert appearances, Competition in Vienna, the Deutsch Industrie served as Dean of the School of Music. In 2000, she
the complete 52 Sonatas for Keyboard by Joseph upcoming projects include the recording and filming Vanband Scholarship Competition among others. returned to Seoul National University, where she
Haydn was met with exceptional reviews; and of the complete Haydn Sonatas for Keyboard and She was also awarded the Korean Academy of Arts taught until her retirement in 2007. Soo-Jung was
he has just completed a new multi-media filmed a new series of piano compositions based on short Award. She received Das Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse also elected as Dean of the College of Music, the first
performance of the Goldberg Variations at the portraits of Dublin entitled Palm of the hand Portraits, from German Government in 2011. woman in its history. In 2009, she was elected as
famous Long Room Library—a unique project premiered in 2016. member of the National Academy of Arts, Korea. She
scheduled for release next year.   She made her debut at the age of 13, playing is Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 with Navy Symphony and chairperson of Great Mountain Music Festival
Orchestra (Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, today) and School’s Managing Committee.

She has performed with orchestras such as

London Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Seoul
Philharmonic, KBS and NHK Symphony under the
batons of Lim Won-Shik, Leon Fleisher, Wolfgang
Sawallisch, Sir John Pritchard, Asahina Takashi,
Iwaki Hiroyuki, Myung-whun Chung and others. She
performed together with Ruggiero Ricci, Nicolai
Gedda, Janos Starker, Chung Kyung Wha and others.

18 19
Scottish International Piano Competition

The Jury
Dr Krishna
Dr Krishna Thiagarajan was appointed Chief Previously Dr Thiagarajan served as President of
Executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Symphony in C ¬– one of three professional training
(RSNO) in August 2015. Dr Thiagarajan joined at a orchestras in the United States – as well as Senior
pivotal moment in the Orchestra’s 125-year history, Director of Artistic Operations for the Rochester
overseeing the final stages of the company’s move Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), based in Rochester,
from Henry Wood Hall – its home since 1979 – New York state’s third largest city.
to the purpose-built, state-of-the-art rehearsal,
recording and education facilities of the RSNO Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Dr Thiagarajan trained as
Centre, in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s UNESCO a pianist and performed throughout the USA, Europe
City of Music. and Asia. He graduated from Indiana University with
a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, where
Dr Thiagarajan joined the RSNO from the New York he studied with Leonard Hokanson and taught as
City-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, where he an associate instructor of piano. He later received
served as Executive Director since January 2013. his doctorate from the University of Maryland,
Whilst there, he was responsible for increasing College Park where he studied with pianists Santiago
audiences, including sold-out performances at Rodriguez and André Watts. In 1997, he founded and
Carnegie Hall, commissioning new work, touring directed Kammermusikkurs in Dortmund, Germany,
the Orchestra to Japan, Colombia and throughout a chamber music festival with internationally
Europe, ensuring financial stabilisation and acclaimed faculty and students.
overseeing the orchestra’s first self-produced

Scottish International Piano Competition

The Competitors Since 2014 she lives in Germany

and studies recently at the Hanns
Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin
in the class of Prof. Stefan Arnold.
In-Ju Bang, South Korea Ludovica de Bernardo


• Third prize and special

prize for the best semi-final
recital at the Paderewski
In 2014 he received the 3rd Svetlana Andreeva, Russia International Piano In-Ju Bang has won various Ludovica de Bernardo is
Piotry Alexewicz, Poland
prize at the 2nd International Competition awards including first prize in considered to be one of the most
Subcarpathian Chopin • Grand Prix, prize of the the Puigcerda International interesting young pianists of her
Competition for Young Pianists. Goethe-Institute and prize Piano Competition, the New York generation. Since 2012, under
In the same year Piotr received of the Embassy of France Bradshaw and Buono International the tutelage of the pianist Mario
the 1st prize and the special for the best performance Piano Competition, and third prize Coppola, she has participated
prize ”European Piano Teachers of contemporary music in the New York International in many competitions, winning
Association Poland” at the 8th at the International Piano Artists Piano Competition. At the 1st prize at the International
National Piano Competition Competition H. R. H. Princess 14 years of age, Ms. Bang was Piano Competition "Ischia", the
Piotry Alexewicz was born in “EPTA” in Cracow. In 2015 Svetlana Andreeva was born in Lalla Meryem (Rabat, Morocco given the opportunity to record 25th European Music Competition
2000 in Wroclaw. He began his Piotr appeared as a part of the Crimea (Ukraine). In 2000, after 2014) Kabalevsky's Piano Concertos "Moncalieri", the 4th International
musical training at the Grażyna anniversary celebration of the music school, she became a • Grand Prix and Schubert- No. 1 and No. 2 with Naxos. From Piano Competition "Clara Wieck"
Bacewicz Elementary School of Wrocław Technical University student of Lyceum (Music College) prize at the Rosario then on, she has given many (Asti), the National Competition
Music in Wroclaw with Małgorzata and the National Forum of Music of the Rostov Rachmaninov Marciano International performances in places such as "Piana di Cavaliere" (Carsoli), the
Borkowska, and graduated from Symphony Orchestra performing Conservatory (Anna Zhirikova’s Piano Competition in Vienna the Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall, National Competition "Hyperion"
here in 2013. Currently, he is a Piano Concerto in f minor op. class, Prof. Sergey Osipenko's (Austria, 2011), Juilliard School, Yamaha Artist (Ciampino), where she also
student of Prof. Paweł Zawadzki 21 of Frederic Chopin under the class). Since 1999 Svetlana • Second prize at the Services in New York, Mannes recieved the "Sonja Pahor" special
at the Karol Szymanowski High baton of Benjamin Shwartz. In studies also as a composer. Campillos International Piano College of Music, Weill Recital Hall prize for outstanding musical
School of Music in Wrocław. 2016, Piotr received the 1st prize Competition (Spain, 2015) at Carnegie, Merkin Hall, as well sensibility and the International
In 2010 and 2011, Piotr won at the 5th International Piano From 2004 till 2007 she studied • third prize at the IPC “Euregio as recital in Heidelberg, Germany. Competition "Contea of Vidor"
1st prize and the special prize Competition in Augustów and the in the Central Music School Piano Award” (Germany, 2014) She has also performed chamber (Treviso).
for the best interpretation of a 2nd prize at the 23rd Jeunesses of the Moscow Tchaikovsky • third prize at the “Tkaczewski” works at the Peter Jay Sharp
contemporary piece at the 10th International PIANO Competition Conservatory, was the pupil of IPC (Poland 2016) Theater in Lincoln Center. In May 2016 she won the First
and 11th J.A. Hiller International Dinu Lipatti in Bucharest. In Andrei Limaev and Prof. Natalia • fifth prize at the Southern Prize and special prize for the
Piano Competition in Goerlitz. 2016, he was also accepted to Troull. Highlands International Piano Ms. Bang began playing the piano interpretation of the Etudes
He also received 2nd prize at take part at the “Internationale Competition (Australia, 2013), at the age of five, and entered the Tableaux of Rachmaninov at the
the 11th International Piano Mendelssohn Akademie” – Leipzig Since 2007 Svetlana is a student • Honorable diploma at the Music Academy in Seoul at eleven International Piano Competition
Festival of Young Pianists in where he had the privilege to of Moscow State Conservatory Scriabin International Piano years old. She later continued "Martucci " (Novara).
Głubczyce. In 2013 he was study in the class of Prof. Pavel as a pianist (Prof. Natalia Troull) Competition (Moscow, Russia her intensive studies at the
awarded the 1st prize at the 12th Gililov. This year, Piotr received and as a composer (Prof. Leonid 2012), Juilliard Pre-College Division, and She has performed concerts
International Piano Festival of the Fontys Hoogschool in Tilburg Bobylev). In 2012 she graduated • Honorable diploma at furthered her education at Mannes for important associations and
Young Pianists in Głubczyce and Award at the Anton Rubinstein from the Conservatory and the International Piano College of Music obtaining her festivals including Società dei
the title of a laureate at the in International Piano Competition in continued her post-graduate study Competition “Premi Principat Bachelor’s Degree under Victor Concerti di Milano, Amici della
21st International Chopin Piano Düsseldorf. He also gained Grand at the Moscow Conservatory. d’Andorra” (Andorra, 2006) Rosenbaum, Master’s Degree Musica di Novara, Festival
Competition in Sochaczew. Prix, Audience Prize and Musideco at the Hochsuhule fur Musik, Pianistico di Galliate, Festival
Prize at the 3rd “Concours Theater und Medien in Hannover Pianistico di Barletta, Ravello
International de Piano Ville de with Bernd Goetzke and Ewa Concert Society, Naxos in Musica
Gagy” in Paris. Kupiec, and is now pursuing her di Taormina, Alpen Classica
Konzertexamen at the Hochschule Euroregional Festival performing
für Musik Detmold with Alfredo the 2’ concert of Chopin with
Perl. Alpen Classica Orchestra, and with
Sestetto Stradivari dell’Accademia

22 23
Scottish International Piano Competition

Nazionale "S. Cecilia" di Roma Competition, the 5 Towns Music Can Cakmur, Turkey chances and the opportunity Vivianne Cheng, USA Concurso Internacional de Piano
for Federimusica in Naples. and Art Foundation Young to meet important musical CLAMO, Bartók-Kabalevsky-
She has also performed at the Musician Competition in New personalities. Can has performed Prokofiev International Piano
Steinway House in Munich, at the York, New York International Music in almost every important Competition, Wideman
Hochschule in Nuremberg and Concours, Glasgow International classical music festival in Turkey. International Piano Competition
at the Italian Cultural Institutes in Competition for Young Pianists, In 2014 he was invited as a soloist and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s
Hamburg and Wolfsburg. the United States Virtuoso for the season opening concert Albert M. Greenfield Concerto
International Piano Competition, of Eskisehir City Symphony Competition with Tchaikovsky
She currently attends the two-year Texas State International Piano Orchestra under the baton of Piano Concerto No. 1. In 2012,
specialisation at the Conservatory Competition, and the Cincinnati Born in 1997 in Ankara, Can’s Ender Sakpinar. Vivianne Cheng is among the she was named the winner of
of Trento with Mario Coppola. World Piano Competition. first musical impulses came five youngest official Steinway the inaugural Arts Arena–Curtis
from pianists Emre Sen, Marcella In 2015, Çakmur was the soloist Artists in the world to have Institute of Music Award in Paris.
Dr Cho has appeared as a soloist Crudeli and Jun Kanno. He in the opening concert of the joined the legendary roster. She Vivianne was the recipient of the
throughout the world, including participated in numerous 43rd Istanbul Music Festival, is praised by critics as "a veteran David H. Springman Memorial
Sung-Soo Cho appearances with the Prime masterclasses, working with accompanied by Borusan performer, playing with unfailing Fellowship, Vladimir Horowitz
Philharmonic of Korea, the important personalities like Ewa Istanbul Philarmonic Orchestra concentration and purpose" Piano Scholarship, and Frank
Festival Chamber Orchestra of Kupiec, Robert D. Levin, Arie Vardi under Sasha Goetzel. He (The News & Observer) and Huntington Beebe Fund Grant.
Lublin Philharmonic, the Ashdod or Alan Weiss. Since 2015, Çakmur performed in halls like Eindhoven “dazzling and riveting... an artist
Symphony Orchestra, and the has been working with Grigory Muziekgebouw, Romanian with sensibilities far beyond Vivianne's performances have
Round Rock Symphony. His Gruzman at the Hochschule für Atheneum in Bucharest, Albert her years" (CVNC Arts Journal). been broadcast on PBS, Y Arts
performance highlights include Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, whilst Long Hall in Istanbul, Bilkent Rachmaninoff's final pupil, 'On Stage at Curtis’, The Classical
solo performances in various continuing his studies with Diane Concert Hall in Ankara or Adnan Ruth Slenczynska, describes Network (WWFM), Good Morning
venues throughout Korea, the Andersen in Belgium. Saygun Concert Hall in Izmir. Vivianne as having "unlimited Television New Zealand, and in
Pianist Sung-Soo Cho continues United States and Europe. He has His concerts have been often promise through her interpretive documentaries "On a Personal
to captivate audiences with performed at the Weill Recital Hall In 2012, Can Çakmur won the recorded for the Turkish National imagination". Born in 1990 in Note" (2010) and “Die Martins-
profound interpretations of musical at Carnegie Hall, Yamaha Artist first prize at the XXII. International Radio. North Carolina, she gave her Passion” (2004). An avid chamber
depth. Praised for his technique Service Seoul, and the Kumho Rome Piano Competition. 2014 debut solo recital at the age of musician, Vivianne has performed
and command at the piano, his Art Hall. He is also a pianist at brought him further prizes such as Can has performed rarely- ten and has since performed alongside artists such as Ani
wide musical perception has Lake George Music Festival, a the EMCY Prize and a scholarship played masterworks such as throughout the United States, Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Efe
drawn critical acclaim. Awarded strong supporter of contemporary at the PIANALE Junior Academy Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Baltacigil, and has studied with
“Best American Contemporary classical music. and Competition, and third prize and Steve Reich's Music for 18 Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman,
Performance” at the Cincinnati and Bartók Prize at the 4th Franz Musicians (Thuringia Premiere) in Netherlands and New Zealand. Pamela Frank, Gábor Takács-Nagy
World Piano Competition and “Best Dr Cho started his musical studies Liszt Competition for Young different ensembles. He is an avid Vivianne has appeared in venues and Aaron Rosand.
Performance of the Commissioned at the age of five in Seoul, South Pianists Weimar. His critically- speaker and regularly moderates including Carnegie Hall, Steinway
Work” at the Texas State Korea and graduated from Yewon acclaimed performances and his own concerts as well as other Hall, Symphony Hall, Musikverein, Vivianne holds a Postgraduate
International Piano Competition, he Arts Middle School, Seoul Arts High prizes brought him the award "The concerts by renowned artists. Wiener Saal, Mirabell Palace, and Master of Arts degree from
especially enjoys broadening his School, Seoul National University, Young Musician of the Year" at the Since 2015 he writes monthly Arenberg Castle, Lincoln Center, the Mozarteum as a student of
passion for contemporary music. and Manhattan School of Music. annual Donizetti Classical Music for the classical music magazine Kimmel Center for the Performing Andreas Groethuysen and Pavel
One of his recent projects includes His teachers include Antonio Awards in Istanbul. In 2016, he "Andante". Arts, Festival Ljubljana and La Cité Gililov, and a Bachelor of Music
a CD "Minimum | Maximum | Pompa-Baldi, Phillip Kawin and became a laureate of the X. Balys Internationale des Arts. She has degree from the Curtis Institute of
Modern Piano Music by American Hyoung-Joon Chang. He recently Dvarionas Competition for Young Can Çakmur, as a scholar of "G participated in the International Music where she studied with Gary
Composers" which was released in earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Pianists and won two special & S Pekinel Young Musicians on Keyboard Institute and Festival, Graffman and Leon Fleisher. Prior
2016 by Albany Records. degree from the Cleveland Institute awards. the World Stages" is supported by Verbier Festival Academy and to entering Curtis, Vivianne studied
Dr Cho has been a worldwide prize- of Music. TÜPRAŞ. International Musicians Seminar at The Juilliard School where, at
winner in numerous competitions Dr Cho serves as adjunct faculty in Since 2013, Çakmur has been a Prussia Cove. fifteen years old, she became one
including the International Piano piano and class piano at New York part of the programme "Young of the youngest students in their
Competition "Delia Steinberg" University, as well as an adjunct Musicians on the World Stages" Vivianne is a prizewinner history to be accepted as a college
in Madrid, Spain, the Suri Music faculty in music history (online) founded and led by renowned of numerous competitions student. Previous major teachers
Concours, the JoongAng Music and a visiting artist-in-residence at pianists Güher and Süher Pekinel. including Tureck International have included Ruth Slenczynska,
Concours in Korea, the Bradshaw Notre Dame College. Being a part of this programme Bach Competition, New York Yoheved Kaplinsky and Arkady
& Buono International Piano gave him numerous performance International Piano Competition, Aronov.

24 25
Scottish International Piano Competition

Andrei Dubov, Russia competition and 1st prize of the Anna Geniushene, Russia in Mauro Monopoli Competition
George Harliono, UK
George studies with Professor
7th Almaty International Piano in May, 2017 (Barletta, Italy) as Vanessa Latarche (Chair of
competition. well as the First and the Audience International Keyboard Studies
Prizes in Sheepdrove Competition and Head of Keyboard, Royal
Andrei Dubov has participated (Newbury, UK) College of Music in London) and
in important festivals including travels to Switzerland to work
"Beethovenfest" (Germany), Anna is delighted to have featured with his mentor, renowned pianist
"Brucknerfest" (Austria), "Autumno several times in the encyclopedia Professor Vovka Ashkenazy and
musicale" (Italy), Trecastagni A Talented Youth; The Future of his father Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Andrei Dubov was born in International Music Festival Born in January 1991 in Russia (2010). She is actively British pianist George Harliono was He has been accepted to enter
Moscow, in 1987. (Italy), International Festival of Moscow, Anna Geniushene has involved in promoting Russian invited to make his first one-hour the Royal College of Music for
Piano Transcriptions (Russia), commenced her Master of Arts culture throughout the world: she long, solo recital at the age of nine a BMus Degree on a full four-
In 2006 he finished the Gnessins "Russian Evenings" International degree at the Royal Academy of was elected as a representative of and since then has performed in year scholarship commencing
Music School (College) (under the Music Festival (Russia), "The Music, studying under Professor the Moscow State Conservatory numerous locations both in the UK, September 2017.
class of L.Grigorieva). In 2011 he Cherry Wood" International festival Emeritus Christopher Elton. She and has taken part in the Kyoto USA, Europe and Asia, including
graduated with honors from the (Russia), Malta International Piano is generously supported by the International Music Students Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Upcoming engagements
Russian State Gnessins Academy Festival. In 2016 Andrei got the ABRSM Scholarship and the Festival in Japan in 2014. In the Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Chicago include performances with the
of Music and in 2014 finished 1st prize in the "Internationale English-Speaking Union. autumn of 2015 Anna became Symphony Centre and the Great Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra,
this academy as a postgraduate Klavier Akademie Freiburg a soloist at the St Petersburg Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. North Carolina Philharmonic and
student (class of Prof. S. Senkov). Pianofest" (Germany) etc. In 2016 Anna recently graduated from House of Music, having received He has been awarded prizes in Orquesta Provincial de Santa Fe,
In 2016 Andrei Dubov graduated Andrei performed concertos by the Moscow State Conservatory, an invitation to play in several many competitions throughout among others.
from Mozarteum (Salzburg), Rachmaninov no.2, no.3 and where she gained her Bachelor’s concerts throughout Russia. the world including the Grand
postgraduate course, with Prof. A. "Rhapsody on the theme of degree under Elena Kuznetsova. She regularly takes part in Piano Competition in Moscow,
Groethuysen. Now he is a student Paganini”. Since the age of eight, she has masterclasses and collaborates Royal Overseas League Music
of Accademia Pianistica Siciliana been actively involved in the with such renowned artists as Competition in London, Gina Yixiang Hou, China
with Prof. E. Comis. In 2017 Andrei Dubov gave cultural life of Moscow: her early Ferenc Rados, Kirill Gerstein, Bachauer Piano Competition
masterclasses in Tel-Aviv and musical achievements included Imogen Cooper, Rita Wagner, in Utah and Dinu Lipatti Piano
Andrei has taken part in Ashdod (Israel), Bethlehem second prize at the Shostakovich Pavel Nersessian, Alexandre Competition in Bucharest.
masterclasses with professors: (Palestine), Astana and Almaty Music Competition (1998), as well Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, Alexander A regular performer with
D. Bashkirov (Russia), P. Gililov (Kazakhstan), Kishinev (Moldova). as the Grand Prix at the Blütner Sandler, Haenk Gouttard, Steven orchestras including the Moscow
(Russia/Germany), A. Vardi He has played with such well International Piano Competition in Osborne and Wolfgang Redik. State Symphony Orchestra, New
(Israel), L. Natochenny (Germany), known orchestras as Russian Kaliningrad (2006). Millennium Orchestra of Chicago,
F. Gottlieb (Latvia), E. Comis (Italy), National Orchestra, Mariinsky Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra,
A. Mamriev (Russia/Germany), V. Orchestra, Bratislava National Anna has been a prize winner at Ealing Symphony Orchestra and Winner of the 2016 New England
Viardo (USA), P. Donohoe (GB), M. Orchestra, Orchestra of Hong many competitions, including Tatarstan National Symphony Conservatory Piano Concerto
Salazar (Mexico) and others. Kong International piano Shchedrin Music Competition Orchestra George has also Competition, pianist Yixiang
competition etc. (first prize, Moscow, 2008), Musika performed alongside eminent Hou has performed in China,
In 2012 he became a 3rd prize be sienu (first prize, Lithuania, artists such as Lang Lang and Japan and the US. Yixiang has
winner in the 5th International A. Andrei Dubov is an author of a 2009), Romantic Music Festival Denis Matsuev. appeared as soloist with the
Rubinshtein Piano Competition lot of piano transcriptions, which for Young Musicians, (first prize, Taiwan Sanchong Orchestra in
(Dresden, Germany). In 2014 were highly appreciated by such Moscow, 2010), Citta di Padova He Luting Concert Hall and the
Andrei won the main prize in the I musicians as B.Berezovsky, (second prize, Italy, 2012) and Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra
International Music Competition A.Vardi, M.Voskresensky, Maria Yudina International in Shanghai Concert Hall. In 2006,
"eMuse" (Athens, Greece). The 1st J.Margulis, A.Volodin, F. Gottlieb, Music Competition (first prize, St Yixiang made his debut recitals at
prize winner in "The Grand Prize E.Comis, M. Korstick and many Petersburg, Russia, 2015). She the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre
Virtuoso" piano competition in others. His repertoire consists of has been selected as one of six and Shanghai Conservatory
Paris (France, 2015) and many works from the Age of Baroque to finalists of the Patrons’ Award Hall. Yixiang is also very active
others including 3rd prize of the contemporary pieces.. 2017 and had the privilege to as a chamber musician, having
4th Hong Kong International Piano play a recital on the prestigious performed chamber music
competition, 2nd prize of the stage of Wigmore Hall. She has concerts in Shanghai, Ningbo,
23th Epinal International Piano been awarded the Second Prize Beijing and Boston.

26 27
Scottish International Piano Competition

Yixiang has been a prizewinner of Luke Jones, UK He has performed Beethoven's Nejc Kamplet, Slovenia first absolute prize and two special Kang Tae Kim, South Korea
various competitions. At only ten 3rd Piano Concerto with the awards of 2nd International
years of age, Yixiang became a Manchester Camerata and the piano competition Forum per
prizewinner of the 2004 Shanghai Liszt No.1, Mozart K488 and tasti in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia,
Haydn Piano Competition, and in Grieg concertos with other British 2015), first absolute and three
2009, Yixiang won the Wiesbaden orchestras. At the age of five he special prizes in the Jurica Murai
Piano Competition in Shanghai. studied with Eva Warren, and then, International piano competition
Yixiang has also received awards at the age of 8, began studying in Varaždin (Croatia, 2015), first
in the Tianjin "Flying Melody” with concert pianist Andrew Wilde. prize in GrandPprize Virtuoso
Competition and the Steinway Luke Jones is a Welsh pianist. At the age of 11, he was awarded Nejc Kamplet, born in 1996, is International Piano Competition in Kang Tae Kim was born in 1997
Competition of China in Beijing. Originally from Wrexham in a place at Chetham's School of the son of a composer and a London (2015), second prize in the and began playing the piano at six.
As a student in Shanghai, Yixiang North Wales, he started playing Music where he studied under flautist. He has been learning Giovanni Musicisti International He attended the Korea National
received the highest honors, the piano at the age of five and the Head of Keyboard, Murray the piano from the age of five piano competition in Treviso Institute for the Gifted in Arts at
including the Tang Scholarship. made his debut recital at the McLachlan from 2006-2013. and graduated in 2015 with (Italy, 2013), first absolute prize the age of 12 and studied under
Wrexham Arts Centre aged 10. Between 2013-2015 he studied at a distinction from the Music in T. Holmar International piano the guidance of Professor Yoonju
Born in China, Yixiang moved to Since then he has performed all Conservatorio di Musica 'Lorenzo Conservatory in Maribor under competition (Italy, 2013). Oh from 2009 to 2014.
Shanghai at the age of eleven over Britain in venues such as Perosi' Campobasso under the Prof. Mag. Sasa G. Donaldson. In
to study with pianists Ting Zhou Eaton Square (London), Dora tutelage of Maestro Carlo Grante. the same year, he also received his Nejc has played piano concertos He has been a student of
at the Shanghai Conservatory. Stoutzker Hall (Cardiff), Barber Currently he is studying at the high school certificate from the with leading Slovenian orchestras Professor Heesung Ju since
Following his studies in Shanghai, Institute (Birmingham) and the Royal Northern College of Music, II. Gimnazija in Maribor. In 2012, such as SNG Maribor symphonic, 2016 at the College of Music,
Yixiang moved to Boston in Pump Room (Bath). He has Manchester where he has studied he started preparatory classes Festine symphonic, and also the Seoul National University. He
2012, where he began his studies also performed in Italy, Austria with Prof. Frank Wibaut and Prof. at the University of Music and Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra made his performing debut at
with Wha-Kyung Byun at New (Wienersaal, Salzburg) and Dina Parakhina. Performing Arts Graz, Austria in Qintai Golden Hall in Wuhan, age 11 in recital with the Wonju
England Conservatory. Yixiang Slovenia and has won prizes in and has since started pursuing China. He has collaborated with Philharmonic Orchestra.
completed his Bachelor of Music competitions around Europe Luke has been fortunate to have a Bachelor’s degree in 2014 in many renowned conductors In addition to being a prizewinner
degree at NEC, as a recipient of notably 1st Prize in "Aci Bertoncelj" had masterclasses/lessons with the class of Prof. Dr. Zuzana such as Jin Hyoun Baek, Taejung in many domestic competitions,
the Carol and Robert Henderson International Piano Competition, notable pianists such as Leslie Niederdorfer. Lee, Benjamin Pionnier, Slavko Kang Tae Kim is a laureate of
Presidential Scholarship. He is Slovenia, 1st Prize in "Section A" Howard, Vladimir Tropp, Sergejs Magdič, Živa P. Peršuh. He has several International competitions.
currently enrolled in NEC’s Master Chopin-Roma International Piano Osokins, Bernard Roberts, Hamish Nejc has received awards in also performed enormous number In 2008 he won the 1st prize at
of Music degree program on a Competition, Italy, and 3rd Prize Milne, Peter Donohoe, Stephen more than twenty international of solo concerts on stages in the Osaka International Music
full tuition scholarship funded by in the Manchester International Hough, Llyr Williams, David Wilde piano competitions including: Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany, Competition in Japan, and in
the Saj-nicole A. Joni Endowed Concerto Competition, UK. Most and Philippe Cassard. second prize in the 15th Ettlingen New York City, Liechtenstein, 2016 he won the 1st Prize at the
Scholarship Fund, in honor of recently, Luke was awarded International piano Competition Croatia, Slovakia, Estonia and Concerto Competition held by
Patricia Zander. Yixiang continues the RNCM Chopin Prize for for Young Pianists (Germany, Lithuania. Nejc regularly attends BIMFA (Beijing International Music
to study with Ms. Byun. his performance of the 12 2016), first absolute prize in the masterclasses including those Festival & Academy) in China.
Etudes, Op.10. Furthermore, category Euregio Piano Award held by Grigory Gruzman, Daejin
his performances have been in the 4th Euregio International Kim, Mikhail Voskresensky, This year he has won the 1st Prize
broadcast on BBC Wales Radio, piano competition in Geilenkirchen Aquiles Delle Vigne, Arbo Valdma, at the Jirisan International Music
S4C Television, Radio Vaticana (Germany, 2016), first absolute Aleksandar Madžar, Ruben Festival Competition in South
and Telepace in Italy. prize and special EMCY prize Dalibaltayan and Sofya Gulyak. Korea.
“Europe” for the best competitor He is a scholarship recipient
in the 6th international Young from the Slovenian Ministry of
academy award in Rome (Italy, Culture for his outstanding cultural
2016), golden plaques and two achievements.
special prizes in Slovenian national
piano competition TEMSIG (in
years 2010, 2013, 2016),

28 29
Scottish International Piano Competition

Marina Koka, Japan Ilya Kondratev, Russia His repertoire is mostly based on Siqian Li, China Siqian is the First Prize winner
Robertas Lozinskis, Lithuania
classic and romantic music, but of the Chinese-Works Piano
also includes many contemporary Competition, Italy Imola
works. International Piano Competition,
Yamaha China Piano Competition
In 2011 Ilya was invited to take part Conservatoire, Puigcerda Festival
in the Franz Liszt Piano Academy Competition; The Grand Prix and
in Schillingfurst (Germany) with the Special prize winner of the
E. Leonskaya and in the Eppan International Vladimir Krainev
Marina Koka was born in Japan Ilya Kondratiev is the prize winner Piano Academy (Italy) with P. Siqian Li, born in December 1992 Competition for young pianists.
Robertas Lozinskis is a
and studied at the Tokyo College of such renowned competitions Gililov. He frequently takes part in Chongqing China, started She has also been awarded prizes
prizewinner of more than 20
of Music before coming to study at as the International F. Chopin in masterclasses with Rolf-Dieter her musical education at the at the International Chopin Piano
international piano competitions
the Guildhall School of Music and Piano Competition (Hannover Arens, Dina Yoffe, Konstantin age of four. Annecy Classical Competition in Asia, International
in countries including the
Drama, where she is now a fellow, 2011), International F. Liszt Shcherbakov, Willem Brons, Paul Festival acclaimed her: “Virtuosity Music Competition Jeunesses
United Kingdom, Germany,
with Professor Ronan O'Hora and Piano Competition (Budapest Gulda, Dmitry Bashkirov, Jerome and talent. Elegant, subtle and Musicales Bucharest, International
the Czech Republic, Greece,
Professor Noriko Ogawa. 2011), International F. Liszt Piano Rose, Leslie Howard, Vanessa dynamic performance with Competition for young pianists
Italy, Latvia and Lithuania. In
Competition (Weimar 2011), the Latarshe, Lang Lang, and ArieVardi. exceptional musical quality. A in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz,
May 2015 he won the 1st Prize
Marina has been a top prizewinner Fifth Tbilisi International Piano In 2015 and 2017 Ilya took part in rising star of the piano.’’ China National Symphony
and the Audience Prize at the
in several competitions including Competition (Tbilisi 2013) and Brant ‘Encuentro’ festival in Santander. In Orchestra Concerto Competition,
Sheepdrove Piano Competition
the Tunbridge Wells International International Piano Competition the summer 2016 Ilya Kondratiev Starting her public performances Shanghai International Piano
in England. In September 2015
Young Concert Artist Award where (Birmingham 2015). He also won was invited as a guest artist to at the age of ten, Siqian has Competition, Guangren Zhou
he won the 1st Prize at the
she was the overall winner, the the Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate the Gumusluk Festival in Turkey performed recitals throughout Pianist Award, and the Diploma
International M.K.Čiurlionis
Asia-Pacific International Piano Competition in December 2015 and Beethoven Music Festival and major cities in China as well as at Tbilisi International Piano
Piano and Organ Competition
Competition in Korea, the PTNA and the Chappell Medal Piano Academy in Altaussee, Austria. cities in Spain, France, and Egypt. Competition.
as well as the Audience Prize,
Piano Competition in Japan, and Competition in March 2016. Ilya obtained a Master of She has also been invited to appear National Philharmonic Prize and
the Dudley International Piano Performance and an Artist in well-known venues and festivals, Siqian was the student of
the Special Prize for the best
Competition. Ilya performs extensively as Diploma from the Royal College such as Beijing’s Forbidden Professor Huiqiao Bao and
performance of M.K.Čiurlionis
She has performed with the City of a soloist and as a chamber of Music (London) where he had City Concert Hall, Egypt’s Cairo received a Bachelor of Music
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, music player. The venues he been studying with Prof. Vanessa Opera House, New England Degree at Central Conservatory of
the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony performed at include the Great Latarche and Sofia Gulyak. He Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Music (Beijing, China). Currently,
In 2016/17 Robertas played with
Orchestra, the Tokyo New City Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky previously studied with People Hochschule für Musik und Theater she is continuing her study with
the Moscow State Symphony
Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatoire, Gasteig Munich, Artist of Russia Zinaida Ignatieva Hannover, Annecy Classical Professor Alexander Korsantia
Orchestra, Royal Scottish National
Sendai Philharmonic, performing Weimarhalle, Palacio de Festivales at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Festival, Festival d’Auvers sur-Oise, at New England Conservatory
Orchestra, Lithuanian National
in prestigious venues including the de Santander, the Palace of Arts Conservatoire, and Victoria Soifer Puigcerda Festival, Dinard Festival (Boston, USA), after obtaining her
Symphony Orchestra and Klaipeda
Barbican Hall and Symphony Hall, in Budapest, and the Great Hall at the Samara College of Music. International de Musique, Shanghai Master of Music Degree.
Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he
Birmingham, as well as playing of Tbilisi Conservatoire. In 2009 Ilya is supported by Henry Wood International Music Festival, performed in Scotland as well as
many recitals both in Asia and he founded a chamber music Trust Foundation, Future of Russia Guangren Zhou’s Pianist Awards Czech Republic, France, Israel, Italy,
Europe. ensemble ‘Robert-Quintet’, which Foundation, Talent Unlimited China Tour Concert, BNP Paribas Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands,
successfully played at the Sixth Foundation and Mark Zetland Rising Star Piano Festival, and Belgium, Hungary and Lithuania.
Recently Marina has been Stasys Vainunas Chamber Music Foundation. Shenzhen Public Benefit Concerts. In November 2016, Robertas
awarded the Guildhall Wigmore Competition (Vilnius 2009, Second As a soloist, Siqian appeared performed a piano concerto by
Recital Prize in 2016, as well prize, First was not awarded) with chamber artists of China a Lithuanian composer Stasys
as the Worshipful Company of and at the ‘Premio Vittorio Gui’ National Symphony Orchestra and Vainiūnas in San José, National
Musicians' Silver Medal which Chamber Music Competition performed concertos with Xiamen Theatre of Costa Rica.
annually awards an exceptionally (Florence 2011,3rd prize). Philharmonic Orchestra, Xiamen
talented Guildhall School musician Opera Symphony Orchestra, Kiev He was a participant in
with a Wigmore Hall debut recital. Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukraine masterclasses with renowned
State Symphony Orchestra, and pianists including Mikhail
Central Conservatory of Music Voskresensky, Dmitri Bashkirov,
Youth Symphony Orchestra, Nikolai Lugansky, Pascal Devoyon,
among others. Michel Beroff, Christopher Elton,

30 31
Scottish International Piano Competition

Ivari Ilja, Oliver Kern, Philippe Florian Mitrea, Romania His concerto performances Florian remains an active chamber Federico Nicoletta, Italy Since 2008 he has played in an
Cassard, Stanislav Pochekin, include engagements with the musician. As a Sonoro Chamber ensemble specialising in the XXth
Dmitri Alexeev, Hortense Cartier- Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Music Festival scholar, Florian has century’s repertoire, playing for
Bresson, Steven Osborne, Elisabeth Collegium Musicum in Basel, the performed alongside Alexander prestigious concert societies and
Leonskaja and others.Robertas George Enescu Philharmonic and Sitkovetsky, David Cohen, Jan-Erik renowned theatres. The work with
currently studies with Prof. Fali the Romanian Radio Chamber Gustaffson and Nabil Shehata, this ensemble reached its highest
Pavri at the Royal Conservatoire Orchestra in Bucharest. among others. when they performed in a series of
of Scotland. He previously studied He has benefited from concerts at Teatro alla Scala.
with Prof. Zbignevas Ibelgauptas at participation in masterclasses Florian has been generously In 2007 he played the première
the Lithuanian Academy of Music Romanian-born British pianist given by Leif Ove Andsnes, supported by the Rațiu Family Federico Nicoletta performed as of G. Mancuso's Obra Maestra
and Theatre and also spent one Florian Mitrea’s early passion for Angela Brownridge, Imogen Foundation and held the a soloist for the Maggio Musicale (with RAI Trade, Rai-Radio 3 and
year as an exchange student at the the piano led him to a scholarship Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Akiko 2010/2011 Enescu Scholarship Fiorentino (Liszt recital), the the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma),
Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), to study at the Royal Academy Ebi, Stephen Hough, Stephen awarded by the Romanian Cultural Teatro alla Scala (Hindemith’s A. Cera's Distacco and C. Pedini's
where he studied with Prof. Elena of Music in London. He was Kovacevich, John Lill, Joanna Institute in London and the Kammermusik n. 2), the Bologna Pietra (Teatro Lirico Sperimentale
Lapitskaja. awarded the Second Prize at the MacGregor, Boris Petrushansky 2012/2013 Roy King Scholarship Festival (Messiaen’s Oiseaux of Spoleto).
2016 RNCM’s James Mottram and Michael Roll. After studying at the Academy. His postgraduate exotiques), with the Philharmonic
As a chamber musician, Robertas International Competition and with Boris Berman at the studies were supported by the Orchestra “A. Toscanini” at the He has also performed opera
has successfully participated shared the Second Prize ex-aequo International Holland Music Martin Musical Scholarship Auditorium Paganini in Parma repertoire, collaborating with
in international chamber music at the 2016 Verona International Sessions in 2013, Florian was Fund and the Tillett Trust and he (Liszt and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Renato Bruson and Raina
competitions and festivals. He is Piano Competition. In 2015, granted a fellowship at Yale was awarded the Silver Medal Concertos), the Philharmonic Kabaivanska, for the Teatro Lirico
also a founding member of Trio he was a double laureate at University – Norfolk Music Festival by the Worshipful Company of Orchestra “La Verdi” at Teatro Sperimentale “A. Belli” in Spoleto
Agora with clarinetist Žilvinas the Hamamatsu International for the 2014 summer, and enjoyed Musicians. Manzoni in Monza (Schumann and Teatro del Giglio in Lucca.
Brazauskas and cellist Natania Competition and was awarded intensive coaching from Peter Piano Concerto), the Orchestra He received distinguished
Hoffman. Formed in March 2016, second prizes at both the Santa Frankl, Boris Berman, Wey-Yi Yang Performances by Florian Giovanile Italiana (Beethoven’s scholarships, including the Richard
Trio Agora has already performed Cecilia Competition in Porto, and the and Melvin Chen. have been broadcast on BBC 1st piano concerto) and at the Wagner Stipendienstiftung -
in Holland, Belgium, Germany and Premio Città di Imola at the Imola Radio 3, Romanian radio and Theatre "Verdi" in Busseto with the Bayreuth 2008, Paolo Barile, 2008
Lithuania, recorded their debut Academy. In 2014, Florian won third Florian’s piano studies started in television (SRR and TVR), and principal soloists of the Orchestra and Rudolf Serkin, 2010 - Scuola
CD “Youth” which was released prize and the Classical Concerto Bucharest as a student of Flavia Südwestrundfunk (SWR2) and della Svizzera Italiana. In 2016 he di Musica di Fiesole, Roche
in January 2017, and performed Prize at the ARD International Moldovan and Gabriela Enăşescu, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR- won 2nd prize and critic prize at Continents - Salzburg 2009.
in the Kaunas Philharmonic Hall, Competition in Munich, and first at George Enescu Music High Klassik) in Germany. In March XXIV "Rina Sala Gallo" International Graduating with top marks
among other venues. prize at Lagny-sur-Marne. School. While studying at the RAM 2015 Nimbus Records released a Piano Competition (WFIMC). In and distinction at the Naples
Previous awards include first with Diana Ketler, he obtained his CD of chamber and organ works 2006, for the 150th anniversary Conservatory San Pietro a Majella
Robertas has been a recipient prizes at the Panmusica 2010 BMus with First Class Honours by Sir Nicholas Jackson: Florian birth of Neapolitan composer with S. Bertucci, at the Parma
of scholarships from Mstislav Vienna International Piano and the Regency Award for accompanies soprano Mary Bevan Giuseppe Martucci, he played in Conservatory with P. Maurizzi and
Rostropovich and Roderick F. Competition, the Beethoven notable achievement. He obtained in recordings of Three Hymns and front of Maestro Riccardo Muti. at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole
Tuck support funds. He has also 2010, and Sheepdrove 2011 his Master of Arts degree with the song cycle Six Elizabethan Federico has a passion for under Bruno Canino and Pietro De
received acknowledgements Intercollegiate Competitions in Distinction and a DipRAM for Songs. Florian’s first solo CD with chamber music, collaborating Maria, he is currently attending
from the President and the the United Kingdom. In Romania, his final recital, and received music by Bartok, Liszt, Schubert, with principal soloists of the the Accademia Nazionale di
Prime Minister of Lithuania Florian won several first prizes in the Alumni Development Award and several Romanian composers orchestras of the Teatro alla Santa Cecilia in Rome where
for international awards and the Romanian Music Olympics, the for distinguished studentship. is due for release under the Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, he studies with M° Benedetto
achievements. grand prize in the Ada Ulubeanu He held the Hodgson Memorial Acousence Records label in Opera di Roma, RAI and Teatro Lupo. He is Piano Professor at
Piano Competition and third post-studentship Fellowship at autumn 2017. Regio di Torino, Philadelphia, the Conservatoires in Bergamo
prize in the Jeunesses Musicales RAM in 2014-2015 and continues Cleveland, Metropolitan Opera, and Reggio Emilia and he is the
International Competition. to teach there as a chamber In 2016, Florian was appointed a Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, assistant of the Master courses in
He has performed recitals music coach. Florian is currently Kawai Global Artist. Berliner Philharmoniker, London Città di Castello.
and concertos across the UK, studying with Boris Petrushansky Philharmonic, Opera de Paris, with
Romania, and in Austria, France, at the Accademia Pianistica musicians such as C. Giuffredi,
the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Internazionale "Incontri col E. Fagone, P. Cuper, E. Daniels, B.
Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Maestro" in Imola, Italy. Grossi, U. Lemper, M. Marasco, R.
South Korea. Morales, A. Persichilli, L.Vignali, U.
Ughi, A. Zemtsov.

32 33
Scottish International Piano Competition

Luka Okros, Georgia/UK During the last two years he Akihiro Sakiya, Japan In 2014, he won the 1st prize in Anna Szalucka, Poland She was selected by the
has won more than ten top the 56th Jaén Prize International Musicians’ Company to give her
international prizes and awards, Piano Competition with Spanish Wigmore Hall debut recital in
including Grand Prix at the 4th Music Prize and Audience Prize. 2016.
Hong Kong International Piano He has given many recitals around
Competition, first prize at the Europe, Asia, North and South Anna Szałucka has given many
Iturbi Prize Valencia Piano America including 34th Yokohama concerts across Poland and
Competition in Spain, first prizes International Piano Concert, abroad cooperating with such
at both the Morocco Philharmonic Festival de Nohant 2012, and Saõ institutions as The National
Luka Okros was born in 1991 in International Piano Competition Akihiro Sakiya was born in Japan, Paulo Beethoven Festival and Anna Szałucka is a Polish Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Wiener
Tbilisi, Georgia. In 2004, he moved and the Piano Campus in 1988. He has studied with J. performed with many orchestras pianist who started her musical Beethoven Gesellschaft, The
to Moscow, where he graduated Competition at Cergy-Pontoise in Watanabe, T. Torii, C. Soares and such as; Osaka Sinfoniker, education at the age of seven. Arthur Rubinstein International
with a Bachelor’s degree at the France, and several prestigious M. Araki in Japan since 2008. Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, She finished her Master's Degree Music Foundation, The Worshipful
Tchaikovsky Conservatory under awards from the Hattori Then, he entered in Conservatoire Japan Symphony, Granada City and Artist Diploma course at Company of Musicians as well as
the tutelage of Sergei Dorensky. Foundation, the Tillett Trust and National Supérieur de Musique Orchestra, RTVE Orchestra etc. the Royal Academy of Music in BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.
In 2013, he was awarded a full the Tabor Foundation Piano de Paris and had studied with He has also received cultural and London under the supervision of
scholarship for a Master’s degree at Award at the Verbier Festival in Jacques Rouvier. After graduation musical awards; Matsukata Music Ian Fountain and was recently The orchestra appearances
the Royal College of Music where he Switzerland. CNSM as the top student, he Award, the New Face Award of awarded the prestigious Hodgson include concerts with the Polish
studied with Norma Fisher. continued his study at the Tokyo Aoyama Music Prize in Kyoto, Fellowship at this Academy. Radio Orchestra, Estonian
In March 2017 Mr. Okros won the University of the Arts, in a Docter's The Art Encouragement Award of In November 2016, Anna won National Symphony Orchestra,
At the age of 18, Luka made his First Prize at the Hannover Chopin degree, with Akiyoshi Sako. Hyogo Prefecture, The Cultural Art the 1st Prize together with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra,
US debut at the Carnegie Hall. He International Piano Competition. Encouragement Award of Kobe Eller, Recital, Orchestra and Sinfonia Baltica, Pomeranian
has given concerts in many of the As a winner of the Jaques Samuel He has won many international City and Leonid Kreutzer Award of Estonian Museum Awards at the Philharmonics, Górecki Chamber
world’s most famous halls, such Intercollegiate Piano Competition, competitions such as; 2nd Prize the Tokyo University of the Arts. 3rd International Tallinn Piano Orchestra and others. In Poland
as the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Luka was interviewed by in the 16th A.M.A. Calabria Competition. she was awarded the Ministry of
Hall and the Elgar Room of the Sean Rafferty on the “In Tune” International Piano Competition His performances were broadcast Science and Higher Education
Royal Albert Hall in London, the programme of BBC Radio 3, (1st Prize not awarded) in on NHK TV, Australian ABC Radio, She’s a prize winner of many other Prize as well as Ministry of Culture
Salle Cortot and Radio France Hall during which he performed pieces 2006, 1st Prize in the 3rd Lyon RAI, RTVE etc. He has recorded competitions including the 1st and National Heritage Prize.
in Paris, the Roy Thompson Hall by Liszt and Rachmaninov International Piano Competition “Beethoven Complete Sonatas” Prize in Young Pianists Forum
in Toronto, the Palau de la Musica in 2011, 3rd Prize in the 59th series by DPIC (Vol. 3 was in Rybnik and the 2nd Prize in
in Valencia and Barcelona and F. Busoni International Piano published last January). Naxos IX International Competition for
has also performed in Canada, Competition in 2013 and Laureate also published his CD “Akihiro Young Pianists “Arthur Rubinstein
Italy, Switzerland, Germany, in the 18th Santander Paloma Sakiya Piano Recital” in 2015. in Memoriam”. In the last few
Israel, Japan, Russia, Georgia, O’Shea International Piano years she’s been awarded The
South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and Competition in 2015. Jacob Barnes Piano Scholarship,
Kazakhstan. Musicians’ Company – Harriet
Cohen Bach Prize, Kenneth
Loveland Gift Prize as well as
the 3rd Prize in the International
Sussex Piano Competition. Her
recent successes include multiple
prizes: Janet Duff Greet, Walter
MacFarran and Alexander Kelly
Memorial Prizes, The Regency
Award as well as 2nd Prize and the
Audience Prize at the Sheepdrove
Intercollegiate Piano Competition.

34 35
Scottish International Piano Competition

Antonina Suhanova, Latvia She has performed at the Great George Todica, Romania During his time at RCS, he Hin Yat Tsang, Hong Kong Shenzhen Symphony, the
Guild Hall in Riga, Moscow won 1st prize at the Moray Manchester Camerata, London
International House of Music, International Piano Competition Chamber Orchestra, Royal
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s, St in 2012, 1st prize at the Stefano Liverpool Philharmonic, the Silesian
Martin in the Fields, St James’s Marizza Competition in Trieste, Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra
Piccadilly and Milton Court Italy in 2014 and 2nd Prize at Mélo’dix of Nanterre University, Jove
Concert Hall. the International Piano Campus Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya of
Competition in Pontoise, France, Barcelona as well as the Hong Kong
Antonina made her debut 2016. He also won RCS’s City Chamber and Philharmonic
Since 2000, Latvian pianist performance at the Barbican George Todica is a Romanian Classical Concerto Competition, Born in Hong Kong, Hin-Yat Orchestras. He has also worked
Antonina Suhanova has Hall with the Guildhall Symphony pianist based in the United the Walcer Prize Competition Tsang was admitted to the Hong alongside many distinguished
given numerous national and Orchestra under the baton of Kingdom. Born in Iasi in 1993, he for Chopin Repertoire and the Kong Academy for Performing conductors, including Ian Brown,
international performances Adrian Leaper as a finalist of the started his musical training when Governors’ Recital Prize for Arts as a Junior Student under Hannu Lintu, Fabrice Parmentier,
across Europe. She studied Guildhall Gold Medal Prize in May he was six, under the guidance Keyboard. the tutelage of Eleanor Wong. A Trevor Pinnock, Jose Serebrier
with Gunta Boza and Professor 2016, returning in December of of Silvia Panzariu. He attended Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholar, and Manel Valdivieso. Hin-Yat has
Juris Kalnciems at Jazeps Vitols the same year to perform a solo the Octav Bancila School of As a concert pianist, he has Hin-Yat attained his Bachelor of given recitals in China, Hong Kong,
Latvian Academy of Music. recital. In 2017 she won the Senior Arts, later joining the classes of travelled to venues in Italy, Austria, Music Degree from the Academy, Taiwan, Japan, as well as Germany,
Award of Hattori Foundation. Raluca Panzariu and then Andrei Croatia and the USA and has graduating with first class including a performance at the
Antonina has appeared as a Currently she is a postgraduate Enoiu-Panzariu, and had lessons performed in prestigious halls honours. A winner of various biannual International Steinway
soloist with orchestras in Latvia, student at the Guildhall School of with pianist Iulian Arcadi Trofin. such as the Teatro San Giuseppe international awards such as the Festival in Hamburg. Performances
Great Britain and Russia under Music and Drama with professor George came to the UK in 2010, in Torino, the Philharmonic First and Audience Prize at the Third in the United Kingdom have
the batons of Andris Nelsons Ronan O’Hora. after winning the ‘Constantin Hall in Trento, the Mozarteum Manchester International Concerto also included many of London’s
and Vladimir Spivakov, amongst Silvestri’ Scholarship which Concert Hall in Salzburg, the Competition and the First Prize at prestigious venues, namely the
others. She has participated in allowed him study for one year Fazioli Factory in Sacile, the the Steinway & Sons International Cadogan Hall, Drapers Hall, the
masterclasses of such world- at Stewart’s Melville College. A Conservatoiro Tartini di Trieste Youth Competition in Beijing, Hin- Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall,
renowned pianists as Vladimir year later he entered the Royal and the Dôme de Pontoise in Yat was named ‘The Hong Kong St. James Piccadilly, St. Lawrence
Ashkenazy, Richard Goode, Conservatoire of Scotland where France. George has also played at Young Musician of the Year’ in Jewry, St. Martin-in-the-Fields,
Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berman, he would study for the next six Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the 2010. In early 2014, Hin-Yat received Steinway Hall London as well as the
Pavel Gililov and Matti Raekallio. years, under the guidance of Edinburgh Society of Musicians, the Gold Medal in the Asian Chopin esteemed Wigmore Hall.
Antonina has appeared in Graeme McNaught, Norman the Brunton Theatre in Edinburgh, Competition in Tokyo. He is also
prestigious international festivals, Beedie and Jonathan Plowright. the Erin Arts Centre on the Isle a laureate prizewinner in the Gina A former Croucher Foundation
including the City of London He finished his Bachelor’s Degree of Man, the Hall at Yamaha Bachauer Young Artist, Manchester Hong Kong Scholar and Hong
Festival, the International Piano in 2015 with First Class Honours Music London, Inverness Town James Mottram and Hong Kong Kong Jockey Club Music and
Stars Festival in Liepaja, the and his Master’s Degree in 2017. Hal and the Ardkinglas Castle in International Piano Competitions. Dance Fund recipient, Hin-Yat
International Holland Music His training was supported by Argyll. Recent projects have been In early 2017, Hin-Yat was named is a Masters and Artist Diploma
Sessions in the Netherlands, scholarships from RCS, The with the Royal Scottish National the Gold Prize d’or at the 16th graduate from the Royal College
and the Autumn Chamber Music Tillet Trust and The Colin Kerr Orchestra, playing Saint-Saëns’s International ‘Piano-Campus’ of Music in London. Supported
Festival in Riga. Trust, and a ‘Britten Award’ from Carnival of the Animals, and with Competition in Pontoise of Paris. by the Craxton Memorial Trust as
Help Musicians UK. He has been the All About Piano Festival in He will be returning to France for a well as the Worshipful Company of
chosen for the Tillett Young Artist London at the Institut Français du series of concert engagements in Musicians, Hin-Yat also served as
Platform scheme for 2017. Royaume-Uni and at St. Martin- the 2018 season. Hin-Yat was also the Constant & Kit Lambert Junior
George has been participating in-the-Fields. George will have his recently awarded the Second Prize, Fellow at the Royal College from
in competitions since the age debut at the Wigmore Hall in the the ‘Fundació Carulla Prize’, at the 2015 to 2016 under the guidance
of eight, having obtained over spring of 2018. 63rd Maria Canals International of renowned Russian pedagogue
20 First Prizes in national and Competition held in Barcelona. Dmitri Alexeev. Hin-Yat is one of
international competitions. the young artists represented by
Hin-Yat has collaborated with the Keyboard Charitable Trust in
many ensembles and orchestras London. He currently resides in
including the Prima Vista Germany and continues his studies
Quartet, the Logos Chamber at the Universität der Künste wth
Group, Trinity Harrow Orchestra, Klaus Hellwig in Berlin.

36 37
Scottish International Piano Competition

Yuliya Yermalayeva, Belarus at International Fryderyk Chopin “Brother and sister” (Russia, 2007);
Piano Competition for Children 1st Prize at the 5th International
and Young People in Antonin music competition “Citta di
(Poland, 2010), “Encouragement Padova” (Italy, 2007).
award” at the International
Competition for Young Pianists Yuliya’s has performed as a
in Ettlingen (Germany, 2012). soloist with the National Chamber
Her greatest successes include Orchestra of Belarus and the State
winning at the XVIII Chopin Piano Symphony Orchestra of Belarus,
Yuliya Yermalayeva was born in Competition in Brest (France, Kaunas Chamber Orchestra under
Minsk into a musical family. At 2013), where she won in three the direction of Paul Berman
the age of six she enrolled in the categories and received 1st Prize (Italy), the State orchestra of
piano class of Elena Metelskaya at Special Liszt, 2nd Prize and 1st radio and TV of Belarus under the
the special music school attached unanimously Chopin Prize of direction of Czesław Grabowski
to the Belarusian State Academy the city of Brest; 1st Prize at the (Poland), also under the direction
of Music. She is currently Russian Conservatory Alexandre of Bernhard Wünsch (Germany)
studying here with Prof. Natallia SCRIABINE XIII Piano Competition and Yuri Karavaev (Belarus), Tallinn
Tashchylina. in Paris (France, 2013); 2nd Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra
Prize at the XLI “Dr. Luis Sigall” (Estonia), Santiago Symphony
She is a prize-winner of many International Musical Competition Orchestra (Chile), Bydgoszcz C

international competitions and has in Vina del Mar (Chile, 2014); Chamber Orchestra (Poland).
received special prizes, including Grand Prix at the XV International M

2nd Prize at the International Piano Competition “Music without She has also been invited to

“Music of Hope” competition in borders” in the category Concert participate in festivals and solo
Gomel (Belarus, 2003), 1st Prize for piano and Chamber Orchestra concerts at festivals in Russia CM

at the International German and in Druskininkai (Lithuania, 2015); at the International Vladimir
Austrian music competition for Prize “Golden Parnas 2016” Spivakov's Festival “Moscow MY

young pianists “Klaviermusik” in at the XI International pianist meets friends”, in Germany at

Vilnius (Lithuania, 2004 ), 3rd prize forum “Bieszczady bez granic”; the European Musical Academy CY
laureate at the XIII International audience prize and Chopin prize of Bonn, in France (as part of
piano competition of Chopin for Tatiana Shebanova in Sanok “Le chant de la rive” in Carantec, CMY
children and youth in Szafarnia (Poland, 2016); 1st prize at the I “Cycle Musical de la Chapelle K

(Poland, 2005), finalist and award Future Stars International Piano de Kersaint-Landunvez” in
for the outstanding achievement at Competition online by Connecticut Bretagne, “Lundis musicaux” at
the International Piano Competition Chopin Foundation, Inc. (USA, “La Chapelle de Rocamadour” in
for Young Musicians in Enschede 2016); artistic prize of Elżbieta Camaret-sur-Mer), in Belarus at
(Netherlands, 2006), absolute 1st i Krzysztof Pendereccy and the the International Piano Festival
award (100 of 100 possible points) prize of the best performance “January musical party” in Brest, in
at the 5th International music piano concert with orchestra at Poland at the International Chopin
competition “Citta di Padova”, the XII International pianist forum Festival “Lato z Chopinem” in
Padua (Italy, 2007), semifinalist “Bieszczady bez granic” in Sanok Busko-Zdrój, “Wawel” in Warsaw.
of the International Chopin Piano (Poland, 2017). She is a recipient of grants of
Competition in Moscow (Russia, Special Prize EUMCY (European
2008), 1st Prize at the IV Open She has performed prizewinning Union of Music Competitions for
piano competition of Fryderyk piano duets, including Laureate Youth) in 2010. In 2006, 2008,
Chopin in Grodno (Belarus, 2008), at the All-Ukrainian Festival of 2010, 2012 and 2015 Yuliya
twice 2nd Prize at the VII and Children and Youth Art "Accords became the owner of the Grand
VIII International Competition of of Khortitsa" in the category of Prize and the title of laureate of
Young Pianists dedicated to the piano ensemble (2004); 1st Prize the Special Fund of the President
work of Fryderyk Chopin in Narva at the XII International children's of the Republic of Belarus to
(Estonia, 2008 and 2010), 1st Prize competition of piano duets support talented youth.

Scottish International Piano Competition

Frederic Lamond Competition

(1858 - 1948) Repertoire
A contemporary of the great Charles Mackintosh, His performances in the midst of wartime (1943 and Stages 1 and 2 comprise of two, Stage 3 Bartók
Lamond was born in Bridgeton, Glasgow and spent 1944) are still clearly remembered by a few among separate solo recitals given on (i) The maximum duration of Concerto no. 1, Sz 83
his early years at 91 Tullis Street. A memorial plaque our audience, who heard him play on the stage of different days. Each recital should programmes, which includes Concerto no. 3, Sz 119
commemorating his birth has now been placed on the Athenaeum Theatre at that time. Lamond died in not exceed 30 minutes, including applause and pauses, is 60 Beethoven
the façade of the building. Stirling in 1948. applause and pauses. minutes. Repeats are to be at Concerto no. 1 in C major, op.15
the artistic discretion of the Concerto no. 2 in B flat major, op.19
With the generous support of the City Fathers, The Gold Medal The programmes offered over the competitor. Concerto no. 3 in C minor, op.37
Frederic Lamond was able to study in Germany. The The Scottish International Piano Competition was
combined Stage 1 and Stage 2 (ii) Works performed in Stages Concerto no. 4 in G major, op.58
young Scot was one of the very last pupils of Franz established in 1986 as a memorial to Frederic
recitals must include the following: 1 and Stage 2 may not be Concerto no. 5 in E flat major, op.73
Liszt and contemporary photographs taken during Lamond. The First Prize of the Competition carries
the last year of Liszt’s life show Lamond as one of with it the Frederic Lamond Gold Medal. repeated in Stage 3. Brahms
the chosen few. The great composer pianist attended (i) An original work(s) from the (iii) A commissioned work Concerto no. 1 in D minor, op. 15
the young Lamond’s London recital and Tchaikovsky The Silver Medal baroque era (no transcriptions (duration 5-7 minutes) written Concerto no. 2 in B flat major, op. 83
was equally enthusiastic about his playing. The Second Prize of the Competition carries with it permitted). Repeats are at the by Scottish composer Gordon Chopin
the Lawrence Glover Silver Medal. discretion of the competitor. McPherson will be included Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
Frederic Lamond made his career in Germany, settled (ii) Two Etudes by different in Stage 3. The score of the Concerto no. 2 in F minor, op.21
in Berlin and was greatly admired for his interpretations Lawrence Glover was Head of Keyboard Studies composers. commissioned work is sent Liszt
of Beethoven and Brahms. Whilst his reputation was at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and (iii) One complete work from the to each competitor shortly Concerto no. 1 in E flat major
principally based in Europe, he also taught for a while Drama at the time when the Scottish International classical period, 1750-1828. after acceptance for the Concerto No. 2 in A Major
at the Eastman School of Music in New York, which Piano Competition was established. He gave great competition. Mozart
by co-incidence has links with the Royal Conservatoire encouragement to the teaching members of his staff, The remaining repertoire for the (iv) Subject to (ii) and (iii) Concerto in D minor K466
of Scotland through the first experiments in video-link Elisabeth Jacobs and Bernard King, who founded the Stage 1 and Stage 2 recitals is an above, in addition to the Concerto in E flat major K482
music teaching across the Atlantic which began in Competition to widen the horizon of young pianists entirely free choice. compulsory commissioned Concerto in A major K488
the year 2000. Lamond was a pioneer of recorded studying at The Academy. Lawrence studied at The
work, competitors have a free Concerto in C minor K491
performance. Most of his Beethoven piano sonata Royal Manchester College then with Gordon Green
records were made for HMV during the 1920s and Claudio Arrau. He performed with many of the
Stage 1 choice of works for the Stage Concerto in C major K503
in London. Almond eventually returned to live in leading British orchestras and gave broadcasts on Subject to (i), (ii) and (iii) above, 3 semi-final recital. Concerto in B flat major K595
a solo recital with the maximum Note: It must be emphasised that the Prokofiev
Scotland in 1935 and, under Whittaker’s leadership, BBC Radio and TV, performing also on chamber maximum duration of programmes
taught at the Scottish National Academy – the future music player with the Naxos Quartet and the Alberni duration of 30 minutes, which in Stages 1, 2 and 3, which includes Concerto no. 2 in G minor, op.16
RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). String Quartet. includes applause and pauses. applause and pauses, should be adhered Concerto no. 3 in C major, op. 26
to strictly. The Chairman of the Jury may Rachmaninoff
stop performances which exceed the
Competition Laureates Stage 2 permitted duration. Concerto no. 1 in F sharp minor, op.1
Subject to (i), (ii) and (iii) above, Concerto no. 2 in C minor, op. 18
Year 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize a solo recital with the maximum Stage 4 Concerto no. 3 in D minor, op. 30
1986 Graeme McNaught Susan Tomes Christopher Oakden duration of 30 minutes, which Each of the three finalists will Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
1990 Daniel Wiesner Balazs Szokolay Elena Margolina includes applause and pauses. play a concerto with the Royal Ravel
1992 Sergei Babayan Michael Injae Kim Tal Weissman Works performed in Stage 1 may Scottish National Orchestra at the Concerto in G major
1995 Giampaola Stuani Charles Owen Maria Rostovsky not be repeated in Stage 2. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 10 Saint Saens
1998 Alexander Kobrin Katya Apekisheva & Alexander Taylor (equal) September 2017. Concerto No 2 in G minor
2001 Chenyin Li Marina Nadiradze Ayako Kimura Schumann
2004 Tanya Gabrielian Evgheny Brakham Amir Tebenikhin
Competitors should be prepared Concerto in A minor, op.54
2007 Tom Poster Lukas Geniusas Tristan Pfaff
2010 Oxana Shevchenko Nadezda Pisareva Pavel Kolesnikov to present one concerto selected Tchaikovsky
2014 Jonathan Fournel Ilya Maximov Jianing Kong from the following list: Concerto No. 1
Concerto No. 2 (complete)

40 41
Scottish International Piano Competition

Gordon McPherson
and the Test Piece
The Pounding Room is part of a series of works Recent works include: ‘The Baby Bear’s Bed’ - a large
entitled Stunt Doubles which explore the interplay amplified work commissioned for London-based
between the virtuosic (acoustic instruments) and the ensemble Icebreaker and premiered in Vienna;
impossible (virtual counterparts) and began with an ‘The Waterworks’ – a large, hour long multi-media
initial series of three that were commissioned by the investigation into alien abductions, commissioned
Manchester based ensemble Psappha to celebrate and premiered by the Paragon Ensemble; ‘The New
their 20th anniversary season. Black’ – a large scale orchestral work commissioned
by the BBC; ‘Ghosts’ – three orchestral nocturnes,
Since then Stunt Doubles have been written for flute funded as part of the Creative Scotland Awards;
(The Triple Truth), viola (Lamenta Infracta), marimba and ‘Blood’ - a concerto for oud and orchestra
(Williams Machine), xylophone (Mobility Sticks), commissioned by the National Youth Orchestra of
trumpet (Tallman and Mentz), guitar (A Thousand Iraq.
Eyes See the Sky Full of Stars), cello (Page Forty) and
most recently bassoon (Obradous’ Revenge). He is currently working on 'Meat' - an alien
conspiracy opera for robotic voices; future stunt
The Pounding Room was commissioned as the doubles for saxophone, harpsichord and an extended
test piece for the 2017 Scottish International Piano stunt double for string quartet; and 'The Passions'
Competition and is inspired by the machines built – a large scale music theatre version of the Passion
to break in new pianos like young horses and the of Christ commissioned by Red Note, based on the
factory rooms built to contain their sound. Lorimer Scots translation of the New Testament to
be premiered in 2016-2017 season.
Gordon McPherson was born in Dundee in 1965. He
studied at the University of York and returned there He has taught composition since his student days
for his Doctorate. He followed this with post-doctoral and has held posts at the University of Edinburgh,
work at the Royal Northern College of Music. His University of St Andrews, RNCM as well as the Royal
music has been performed extensively both in this Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was asked to
country and abroad and has been recorded on build a composition department in 1999 - something
numerous labels. that has kept him very busy for the past eighteen

42 43
Scottish International Piano Competition

The Orchestra

Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the The RSNO performs across Scotland, including Scotland. Today, the RSNO Chorus is one of the most Roussel 2007; Denève/Debussy 2012) and eight
company became the Scottish National Orchestra concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, distinguished large symphonic choruses in Britain, GRAMMY Awards nominations. Over 200 releases
in 1950, and was awarded Royal Patronage in 1977. Perth and Inverness. The Orchestra appears regularly with a membership of around 160. The Chorus are available, including the complete symphonies
Throughout its history, the Orchestra has played at the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC has performed nearly every work in the standard of Sibelius (Gibson), Prokofiev (Järvi), Glazunov
an integral part in Scotland’s musical life, including Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the St choral repertoire along with contemporary works (Serebrier), Nielsen and Martinů (Thomson), Roussel
performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Magnus Festival, Orkney, and has made recent tours by renowned composers, including John Adams, (Denève) and the major orchestral works of Debussy
Parliament building in 2004. Many renowned to France, Germany, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Magnus Lindberg, Howard Shore and Sir James (Denève).
conductors have contributed to its success, including Luxembourg and Serbia. In December 2012 and MacMillan.
George Szell, Sir John Barbirolli, Walter Susskind, January 2013 the Orchestra undertook its first The RSNO’s Learning and Engagement team deliver
Sir Alexander Gibson, Neeme Järvi, Walter Weller, mainland Asia visit with a hugely successful tour of The acclaimed RSNO Junior Chorus, formed in 1978 progressive participatory music-making activities
Alexander Lazarev and Stéphane Denève. China with Peter Oundjian. The RSNO was an active by Jean Kidd, also performs regularly alongside the across Scotland, from Selkirk to Shetland, working
participant in the cultural programme of the 2014 Orchestra. Since 1994 it has been directed by popular with all ages and abilities. With a programme of
The Orchestra’s current artistic team is led by British Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow and in the Chorus Director, Christopher Bell, and has expanded activity available for new-borns and onwards, the
Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian, who joined as same year hosted the Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the its membership to over 400, with members aged team are committed to delivering the highest quality
Music Director in 2012. Dane Thomas Søndergård SSE Hydro. In January 2017 the musicians and Peter from seven to eighteen. It has built up a considerable workshops as well as nurturing and developing
was appointed as Principal Guest Conductor in Oundjian undertook a tour of Spain and in March reputation singing under some of the world’s most new talent. From schools and nursery concerts,
the same year, and Holly Mathieson joined as made their first visit to the USA in over 35 years. distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and to community workshops and annual residencies
Assistant Conductor from 2016. In May 2017, it was television. during which the Orchestra places itself at the centre
announced that Thomas Søndergård would succeed The Orchestra is joined for choral performances by of Scottish communities, the team connects the
Peter Oundjian as Music Director, taking up his new the RSNO Chorus, directed by Gregory Batsleer. The The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality Orchestra, its music and musicians with the people
post from September 2018. RSNO Chorus evolved from a choir formed in 1843 to of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d’Or de of Scotland.
sing the first full performance of Handel’s Messiah in l’année awards for Symphonic Music (Denève/

44 45
Scottish International Piano Competition

Thomas Søndergård,
Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal A passionate supporter of the music of Carl Nielsen,
Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales his most recent programme with Sveriges Radios
(BBCNOW) and Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Symfoniorkester (Symphony No. 5) received
Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO); prior to this, he wide praise as “equal of the great pioneers of
was for three seasons Principal Conductor and Musical Nielsen interpretation… It’s harder to imagine a
Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. He has finer performance of this remarkable symphony”
recently been announced as Music Director of Royal (Dagens Nyheter). As part of the 2015 anniversary
Scottish National Orchestra from September 2018. celebrations of both Sibelius and Nielsen he
conducted a wide variety of works by these two
Plans for 2016/17 include debuts with Bayerische composers with many leading orchestras.
Staatsoper (Turandot), London Philharmonic
Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Thomas is also an experienced opera conductor at
Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Oper Berlin home in mainstream and contemporary repertoire.
(world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II) and return Recent seasons have included Tosca, Turandot
visits to Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs (Nina Stemme) and Les dialogues des Carmelites
Symfoniker, Orchestre National du Capitole de for Kungliga Operan (Royal Swedish Opera). He was
Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, described as “a sensation” at his debut with the Royal
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Royal Danish Danish Opera conducting Ruders' opera Kafka's Trial:
Opera (Il viaggio a Reims). With RSNO, projects "He is one of the best things that has happened to
include Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Janine Jansen the art of opera for many years" and subsequent
and with BBC NOW, the complete Stravinsky The productions there have included Il barberi di Siviglia,
Firebird, recordings and touring. Le Nozze di Figaro, La bohème and Cunning
Little Vixen. Last season he made his Den Norske
Recent seasons have included Opera debut with their new, highly-successful Die
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Zauberflöte.
Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mahler Chamber
Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker; leading In Spring 2015 Thomas and BBCNOW released their
tours with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and first commercial recording of Sibelius Symphonies
European Union Youth Orchestra; Rotterdams Nos. 2 and 7 (LINN Records). Other noteworthy
Philharmonisch, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, recordings include Vilde Frang's celebrated first
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Brussels recording for EMI, and Ruder’s Piano Concerto
Philharmonic; Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, No. 2 on Bridge Records which was nominated
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, for a Gramophone Award in 2011. Admired for
Danish National Symphony, Göteborgs Symfoniker, his interpretations of Scandinavian contemporary
Orchestre National d’Ile de France; Toronto repertoire, his discography also includes a number of
Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, other contemporary works. In 2011 he was awarded
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony the prestigious Queen Ingrid Foundation Prize for
and Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia services to Music in Denmark.
Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

46 47