Adjudicators 2012

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Jury Chairperson

Dr. Leslie Howard

Annual re-engagements on 5 continents and a 130-CD discography attest to the burgeoning popularity of Leslie Howard, established worldwide as a concert pianist, composer, conductor, chamber musician and scholar. A citizen both of Britain and Australia - born in Melbourne but resident in London since 1972 - Dr. Howard has earned an extraordinary claim to immortality, having accomplished a feat unequalled by any solo artist in recording history - his 97-CD survey (for Hyperion) of the complete piano music of Franz Liszt. Accomplished within 14 years, it encompasses 300+ world premieres, including works prepared by Dr. Howard from Liszt’s still unpublished manuscripts, and works unheard since Liszt’s lifetime. This monumental project merited Dr. Howard’s entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, 6 Grands Prix du Disque and - all presented to him by the President of Hungary - the Medal of St. Stephen, the Pro Cultura Hungarica award, and a mounted bronze cast of Liszt’s hand.

At an internationally telecast ceremony from Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II bestowed on Dr. Howard “Member in the Order of Australia” for his “service to the arts as piano soloist, composer, musicologist and mentor to young musicians.” Highlights of Dr. Howard’s 2004-2005 concert season included an extensive Asian tour, with recitals and master classes throughout China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

His triumphant return to America included his highly anticipated recital at the 2005 International Keyboard Institute & Festival in Manhattan, for which he received accolades from the New York Times. Dr. Howard also realised his dream to conduct Liszt’s monumental Oratorio Christus in a rare and much-praised revival in Leicester.



Read below the profiles of the 2012 adjudicators. Any changes to the jury for 2013 will announced. 

Marianna Prjevalskaya


Marianna Prjevalskaya is one of the leading Spanish pianists of her generation. She has won major prizes at numerous international piano competitions including Dudley, Paderewski, Seoul, Jose Iturbi, Takamatsu, Sendai and Jaen International Piano Competitions among others. Praised by the critics as a "master of piano" and "a grand pianist", her performances captivated audiences with the emotional intensity, maturity, richness and beauty of tone. Marianna appeared at major festivals and in important venues such as the Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Academia Santa Cecilia of Rome, Yokohama International Piano Concert Festival at Minato Mirai Hall in Japan, Norwich and Norfolk Festival or Weill Recital Hall of New York. Her major teachers have been Boris Berman, Alexander Toradze, Kevin Kenner and Irina Zaritskaya. Marianna holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, Indiana University and Royal College of Music of London. Her first CD of Spanish Romantic chamber works have been released in 2002 by BOA recordings and in 2012 a new CD of solo piano works will be released by Naxos. Marianna is extremely happy to join OPC. She deeply believes that music can unite many exceptional professional artists and wonderful amateur musicians, and that mutual collaboration can open new and wide horizons. Find out more about Marianna at:




Coady Green


Coady Green is acknowledged as a major rising talent on the international concert circuit, having been described as “a virtuoso pianist with sensitivity, intelligence and charm”, and “accurate and exhilarating”, (Musical Opinion, London), with “a strong and versatile technique capable of the most delicate colouring and tonal brilliance, rising to the challenges of extreme virtuoso demands with relish” (The Advertiser, South Australia). Before relocating to London in 2006 from Australia, Coady completed his Bachelor of Music Performance and Masters of Music Performance at Melbourne University. In 2005 he won almost all of the most prestigious competitions and awards his native Australia had to offer, including a British Council Award, Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship Award, Sir Ian Potter Award, three prizes from the Australian Council for the Arts and the South Australian Arts Council, first prize in the City of Sydney piano competition, and awards from the Masonic Foundation, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia and the University of Melbourne. Since living in London, he has been the recipient of the Geoffrey Parsons Trust Award and a prize winner at the International Grieg Two Piano Competition in Norway. 

Since early 2006 Coady has been based in London. He regularly performs in Europe and abroad and most recently has given critically acclaimed recitals throughout Europe in Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom, Austria, France and Italy and in China, Africa and Australia, in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Beijing and Shanghai Concert Halls, the Salzburg Mozarteum, Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg and St Martin in the Fields and Wigmore Hall, London. He will be making his debut at Royal Festival Hall in London in January 2012 and at Queen Elizabeth Hall Purcell Room in May 2012.

Ashley Fripp

Described as “disarmingly precocious” by the New York Times, Ashley Fripp has given solo and concerto performances in many of the most prestigious venues throughout the UK, such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall, Kings Place and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Recent international tours have taken him throughout Poland, Germany, China, the Netherlands and the USA to such halls as the Carnegie Hall (New York) and the Audimax Hall (Regensburg).He has won first prizes at more than a dozen national and international competitions, including the 1st Glasgow International Competition for Young Pianists in 2006 and the Award for Keyboard at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition 2011. He has also made appearances on BBC television and radio and has performed in the Edinburgh International, Chipping Campden, and City of London Festivals.

Ashley graduated with First Class Honours from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he was awarded the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix) and the Kathleen Higginson Piano Prize for his achievements. He was also the recipient of the Lord Mayor's Prize 2011. Future engagements feature a concerto at the Barbican Hall (London), a concert tour of Germany and a commercial recording of both Chopin Piano Concertos in Regensburg on the Spektral Records label.



Zina Zubova

Belarusian-born pianist, Zinaida Zubova comes from a rich Russian virtuoso tradition of piano playing. Commencing her professional studies first at Belarus State Conservatoire, Minsk, Zinaida was later invited to study under Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Martin Roscoe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, after being awarded a full scholarship. She has also received training from Peter Donohoe, Ian Fountain, Lars Vogt, Alexander Melnikov, Leon McCawley, Ivan Klansky, Domenique Merlet, Barry Snyder and Edward Auer.

Since her debut performance with the Belarusian State Symphony Orchestra at the National Philharmonic Hall, Minsk, Belarus in 1998 she embarked on her career as a soloist and chamber music artist, giving performances in the UK and abroad. She became a winner of II Chopin International Piano Competition, Marienbad, appeared on Czeck National Radio, won numerous prizes at international piano competitions including Prague Spring International Piano Competition, Czech Republic and IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition, Italy amongst others.

Zinaida has also won numerous awards and prizes in the UK including Tillet Trust Award, Alfred Clay Award for Piano Playing, Headley Trust Scholarship, Rachmaninov Award , Marjorie Clementi Award for the highest marks in performance RNCM, Peter Franke Prize and  was awarded LDSM full scholarship on three occasions. At the age of 18 Zinaida received a Presidential Award from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus for her achievements in the art of music.

Her music festival appearances include: Lake District Summer Music Festival, Cumbria;  Bromsgrove Festival, Glories of the Keyboard festival, Manchester; London Master Classes,  4 Strings and 88 Keys Music Festival, Sheffield and Rose of the World Music Festival, Minsk. Latest concerts included recitals at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, Shirley House, Sheffield; St.John’s at Ranmoor; Buscot House Theatre, Oxfordshire and Theatre by the Lake, Cumbria.

Graduating with Master of Music in Performance Degree, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and Bachelor of Music Degree, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Zinaida has taught and was associated with musical projects at numerous institutions including Junior RNCM, Manchester Grammar School, Glinka Music College, Belarus and St.Pauls School, London. She is currently a head tutor in piano at Birkdale School, Sheffield.  

"I feel extremely excited  to be a part of the first edition of the Open Piano Competition next year. The idea that all who love and appreciate piano music can share their passion and skills in an inspiring and friendly environment with like-minded public is very inspirational. Music should be open to all and that is what makes The Open Piano Competition different from anything we have ever come across before in a competitions’ world and it is extremely liberating. I look forward to offering my help as a judge and to discovering the new talents during what shapes up to be one of the most exciting forthcoming musical events of 2012!


Clara Rodriguez

Caracas born Clara Rodriguez made her debut performance at the age of sixteen playing Mozart’s last piano concerto with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra under the baton of José Antonio Abreu. After winning  a scholarship from the Venezuelan Arts Council to train in London at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick, Clara Rodriguez’s career as a concert pianist has taken her to perform in most European cities, India, Egypt, Tunisia and the Americas. 

Clara's discography, widely played on radio stations across the world includes CDs of the piano music of the Venezuelan composers Moises Moleiro, Federico Ruiz and Teresa Carreño. Her catalogue also includes El Cuarteto con Clara Rodríguez en vivo, piano works by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, Late works by Frederic Chopin and her latest album for the Nimbus label: “VENEZUELA” which was reviewed by Gramophone stating:  "Clara Rodriguez makes the most of her innate feel for the exuberant and languorous, dispatching the toe-tapping cross-rhythms with panache and a light touch. This is a treasure chest from which to cherry-pick." 

Clara is known for devising concert programmes with intriguing titles-and content- such as her highly successful Latin-Bach and Tangoitys, and the shows Con-cierto humor, Gypsy Ballade (dedicated to Federico Garcia Lorca) and Liszt in petticoats (dedicated to Teresa Carreño) in which the piano music is interspersed with drama and visual effects. She has also presented Clara Rodriguez and her African Heart at the Rhythm Sticks Festival of the Royal Festival Hall, a concert of Caribbean and Afro-Venezuelan music for piano and percussion. Clara Rodriguez is a piano professor at the Junior Department of The Royal College of Music of London and is regularly invited to adjudicate piano competitions world-wide. She is very happy to join the OPC as a guest judge. 


Yuki Negishi


Yuki Negishi is increasingly in demand as an artist of rare poetry, intensity and virtuosity with a vast repertoire and a magnetic personality. Yuki has already performed in over 200 concerts in the UK (including the Leeds International Concert Series, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre, etc) where she has resided since 2001, and she regularly performs about 30 concerts a year in countries such as the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Japan and the USA.

Alongside her busy performing career, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Trinity College of Music in London under the supervisions of Douglas Finch and Dr Sophie Fuller. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yuki Negishi started playing the piano at the age of 5 in New York City. At the age of 10, she was accepted to The Juilliard School Pre-College Division as an honorary scholarship student in the class of the late Richard Fabre, who was a pupil of the celebrated Rosina Lhevinne.

After completing her studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music with honours and at the Amsterdam Conservatory, she completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance and Masters in Music Degree, both with distinction, and the Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Mikako Abe, Jan Marisse Huizing, and Ruth Nye MBE. Yuki has also worked with such eminent figures as the late Takahiro Sonoda, Christian Zacharias, the late Irina Zaritskaya, Dominique Merlet, Dr Peter Katin and Murray Perahia. She has won over 10 coveted prizes internationally.

Talking of her forthcoming role as a judge of the OPC's final round in October 2012 Yuki states "I am honoured and delighted to be asked to participate in the judging of the new Open Piano Competition, which looks very interesting indeed."


Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras

Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras recently moved to London to round out her education with a MA in Music Business Management at the University of Westminster and an internship at Decibel Music Systems. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music (NY) where she studied under Nina Svetlanova, a postgraduate diploma from the Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie (Poland) and a Doctoral degree from IE University (Spain). Grand Prix at the XXI Tournament of Foreign Pianists in memory of Prince Antoni Radziwill in Kalisz (Poland) she was awarded with different prizes and scholarships from private foundations like the Galician Institute of Music and Scenic Arts (now AGADIC), the Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, the Ibercaja Foundation, the Fundación Segundo Gil Dávila, the Deputación Provincial de A Coruña (Spain) and the Spanish Ministery of Education that supported her studies. Tamara participated in different master classes around the world with distinguished professors such as Michel Beroff, Adam Harasiewicz, Leslie Howard, Andrzej Pikul, Shoshana Rudiakov and Staffan Scheja . She is very enthusiastic to join the OPC team sharing the idea that music is all that matters regardless what musical background you may have, who you are or where you are coming from!