Congratulations to the OPC 2013 winners!

Left to right in photo: Mattia Ometto (OPC 2013 final round guest judge), Coady Green (OPC 2013 judge), Alessandro Mercando, Tina Zucchellini (OPC 2013 jury chairperson), Sara Costa, Iuliia Tarasevich, Marco Nannini (OPC Director), Mariia Narodytska, Abel Sanchez-Aguilera, Slav Lechowski, Vincent Letourmy, Ella Connolly (OPC Director)

This year's prize winners worked incredibly hard all week to achieve their winning performances last night. We had a very varied programme, ranging from Chopin to Schumann to Gershwin to Boulez, which, for those of you not au fait with his music, can be quite difficult to follow!

A unanimous decision was reached by the judges for the first prize winner, Abel Sanchez-Aguilera from Category 2 (non-professional pianists). Abel stunned the judges right from the first round with his sparkling performance of Scarlatti's sonata in A major. His emotionally charged semi-final performance of Chopin's Ballade no.1 in G minor op.23 brought them close to tears.

Abel plays with the technical brilliance of a full-time professional pianist, yet he is a Doctor of biochemistry and molecular biology, having trained at both Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston. He currently works in Madrid as a research scientist at the National Cardiovascular Research Centre, focussing on leukaemia and blood cell formation.

Also a unanimous decision by the jury was awarding 2nd prize to Iuliia Tarasevich. Iuliia gave us the most varied programme last night, playing Liszt, Taktakishvili, Kallinnikov and Gershwin. Her playing is full of passion, feeling and musicality; she wears her heart on her sleeve when she plays. Iuliia's humility throughout the competition was very endearing. She is a true musician. Our three 3rd place prize winners, Sara Costa, Vincent Letourmy and Mariia Narodytska, all gave us fantastic performances and gave the jury no option but to split the third prize amongst all three. Despite not winning any of the prizes last night, Slav Lechowski and Alessandro Mercando gave very convincing and confident performances throughout the competition. It was a great pleasure to listen to their playing again on the final night.

Thank you everyone and well done again.

OPC 2013 FIRST PRIZE AND BEST PERFORMANCE OF A MODERN OR CONTEMPORARY WORK

 

DR. ABEL SANCHEZ-AGUILERA (Best Performance of a Modern or Contemporary work was awarded for his performance of the Boulez Sonata No. 2)

 


                                        

OPC 2013 SECOND PRIZE AND SOROPTIMIST PRIZE

IULIIA TARASEVICH

 

 

OPC 2013 THIRD PRIZE 

Split between:

 

SARA COSTA

VINCENT LETOURMY

MARIIA NARODYTSKA

BEST PERFORMANCE OF A CLASSICAL OR BAROQUE WORK

MARIIA NARODYTSKA – for her performance of Bach's Prelude & Fugue in C# minor, BWV 849, Vol. 1

 

 

 

BEST PERFORMANCE OF A ROMANTIC WORK

VINCENT LETOURMY – for his performance of Liszt’s Après une lecture de Dante”, from “2eme année de pélerinage : Italie”