OPC Artistic Director Marianna Prjevalskaya completes judging panel for final round

We are proud to announce that Marianna Prjevalskaya will complete the judging panel for the final round of the OPC in October this year. Marianna has been instensly involved in the OPC since its inception, and as an Artistic Director she has worked tirelessly on the repertoire selection, competition format as well as the assessment of the initial audio recordings submitted by all of our applicants. We are very pleased that she is available to judge on the final night in addition to the first two rounds; her presence will provide continuity and will serve as an important point of reference for competitors, many of whom who have exchanged emails with her regarding several aspects of the competition.

 

Marianna, whose new Naxos CD will be released in August this year featuring works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Schumann and Zárate, is a laureate of numerous international piano competitions including the  2011 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, where she won the "Best Spanish Pianist" award.

 

For more information please read Marianna's full biography.

Congratulations to the successful applicants of the OPC 2012!

Congratulations to our successful applicants! Entries are closed, categories are allocated. Now the real hard work starts!

The deadline for entries passed on 31st May, and after a couple of late entrants the very enjoyable task of listening to hours and hours worth of fabulous audio recordings, began.

The artistic directors finished their assessments of the recordings on 15th June. And the result: 42 applicants have been chosen to go through to the first round.

Contemporary piano music by Octavio Vazquez

Having just announced collaboration with Graham Lynch, we are very pleased to add the piano music of contemporary Spanish composer Octavio Vazquez, to our repertoire lists, adding to the already evident Spanish influence of the OPC.

Octavio Vazquez's music has been performed throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the National Auditorium of Spain, or the Big Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.  He has also written for film and TV and collaborated with world-music and crossover artists as an arranger, orchestrator and producer, most notably with Grammy Award winner Cristina Pato.  His orchestration of "Negro Caravel" (Black Carnation) for Ms Pato's CD "Muller" was nominated in 2011 for the Spanish Music Academy Awards.

He has received commissions from the New York State Council on the Arts, Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Meet the Composer, Guernica Project, Via Stellae International Festival, Fulbright Foundation, Chi-Mei Foundation, and Xacobeo Classics 2010 among others.  Festivals include the Kölner MusikTriennale (Germany), the Prokofiev International Festival (Russia), Camarissima International Festival (Mexico), European Dream Festival (USA), and the AreMore, Via Stellae, Espazos Sonoros, and Música en Compostela International Festivals (Spain). 

Piano music by Graham Lynch

The piano music of Graham Lynch, if you haven't listened to it yet, is in our opinion truly beautiful, romantic, hypnotic and even haunting in quality. We encourage you to consider including one of his pieces in your programmes for the competition (currently listed in the contemporary category of our repertoire lists).  Collaborating with Graham is an honour; his music has been performed, broadcast and recorded in over thirty countries across the world, and his CD of piano music "Undiscovered Islands" was released in 2009 by Tonos Music in Germany. 
 
Graham has given us an exhaustive list of his piano music, which we have set out below. Some pieces have an indication of difficulty/ease next to them. If you want any more information on the pieces or to receive a PDF of the score directly, just send Graham a message at http://www.grahamlynch.eu/contact_page.php?page=8, and he will send the music to you by email. He is happy to answer any questions competitors may have.
 

Steinway Hall to host OPC on 1st and 2nd October

The Open Piano Competition is very pleased to announce Steinway Hall as one of its venues this coming October. Steinway Hall have very kindly offered the OPC use of their dedicated Recital Room, where competitors who are successful in being selected to go through to the first round of the competition will have the opportunity to perform on a stunning Steinway & Sons piano. 

Dr Leslie J Howard, AM, joins OPC as jury chairperson

Dear competitors and OPC followers,

 

Our long awaited news at last being announced is that Australian pianist and composer Dr Leslie J Howard, AM, is joining the OPC's panel of judges for the final night as chair of the jury.

Our team of adjudicators and artistic directors is honoured, thrilled and inspired to be able to work alongside Dr Howard in this new event. We, the directors, are incredibly pleased that such an esteemed concert pianist of truly international standing has come on board to support the OPC in its first edition. We feel that Dr Howard's involvement represents the endorsement we need, as a new competition, to be acknowledged among today's international piano competitions.

You will all know that Dr Howard is best known for his complete solo piano recordings of Liszt; let this be a hint for upcoming announcements confirming one of our special prizes!

Please read more about Dr Howard below, or by visiting his website http://www.leslie-howard.com/index2.html

"Leslie Howard has appeared internationally with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, English Northern Philharmonia, RTE National Symphony of Dublin, Hanover Band, Utah Symphony, Utah Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, Mexico Philharmonic, Orchestra della Scala, RAI Toscana, San Remo Symphony, Orchestre de Cannes, Budapest Phiharmonic, Budapest Symphony, the orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland and Tasmania in Australia, and the orchestras of Pretoria, Cape Town and Zimbabwe in Africa. He has been soloist with such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado, Adam Fischer, Roy Goodman, James Judd, Joseph Silverstein, Barry Tuckwell, Sir Charles Groves, Vernon Handley, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Elyakum Shapirra, Jansug Kakhidze, Arthur Fiedler, Fritz Rieger, Alexander Lazarev, Hiroyuki Iwaki, and Sir Charles Mackerras.

Ashley Fripp joins the OPC's judging panel

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 is thrilled to have the opportunity to judge a new piano competition and is looking forward to the task at hand this coming October.

OPC welcomes Yuki Negishi to the panel of guest judges

 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.

Venezuelan concert pianist Clara Rodriguez becomes OPC's second guest judge

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." 

Open Piano Competition welcomes Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras, Marianna Prjevalskaya and Coady Green as Artistic Directors

The Open Piano Competition is very happy to announce that it has secured as Artistic Directors, Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras, Marianna Prjevalskaya, and Coady Green: three vibrant and young concert pianists whose talent, individual expertise and experience in both performing and competing in international piano competitions around the world will bring to the OPC a wealth of knowledge and a very unique mix of culture and style, emanating from their differing musical backgrounds.

Syndicate content