From Turin to Tokyo to Paris - Vincent Letourmy tells us his news since the OPC 2013

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Shared third prize winner, and winner of the best performance of a Romantic work, Engineer and Programme Manager Vincent Letourmy, amazed the judges in the final round of the OPC 2013 in Turin, Italy, with Mussorgsgy's "Pictures at an Exhibition".

 We asked Vincent to let us know what he's been up to since performing at the competition last October:

 "Since the OPC in Turin in 2013, I organized in December 2013 with other pianist friends in Japan, a piano Marathon in Tokyo. This was possible as we met in a previous Van Cliburn competition. This is the reason why I like to take part in competitions such as the OPC and Van Cliburn: meeting other pianists and sharing musical moments with them afterwards. In addition I gave in June 2014 a piano recital in Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, during the piano festival "Les amateurs". I played some pieces I had performed at the OPC in Turin.

The competition in Turin, which is unique in joining together amateur and professional pianists, gave me the opportunity to develop two major things in my approach to playing piano:

First, since the OPC required a contempory work during the semi-final, I gave myself the task of studying Messiaen pieces. And I discovered I was able to play this music well, moreover I discovered that I felt very comfortable playing it, and was very able to concentrate when playing it on stage. Since realising my ability to play Messiaen, I decided to continue with this path studying new Messaien works and pieces by Takemitsu, which I later played in Chatelet theater. Really, a whole new wide field of music was opened up to me !!!

Second, and maybe the best gift offered to me during this competition, in addition to receiving the 3rd prize, was getting the prize for the best performance of a romantic piece. I played Dante sonate by Liszt, a piece I have been studying for many years. It was a big surprise for me I could have been chosen out of all the professional and amateur pianists. It gave me a lot of confidence in my way of playing and encouraged me to continue with same exigence, always being very careful to play exactly what is written on the score, and trying in the best way to respect the style of the composer. In other words, it just reinforced me to continue to follow all experience and knowledge received from my teacher for 25 years, Jeanine Bonjean, pupil of Alfred Cortot.

So, I am currently studying a new program, hoping that I can be ready for the OPC's next competition in London this year (OPC program need to study a wide range of pieces and style so it takes a very long to put in place for amateurs who have limited time to study!!!), or any way, for the competition in 2015!!!"