Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Scottish International Piano Competition

Competitors for the 2017 Scottish International Piano Competition welcomed to Glasgow by Lord Provot (Photo Richard Campbell)
Competitors for the 2017 Scottish International Piano Competition welcomed to Glasgow by Lord Provost
(Photo Richard Campbell)
The Scottish International Piano Competition is taking place at the moment in Glasgow. The preliminary rounds have just finished, with competitors from 15 countries. The semi-finals take place at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on 6 & 7 September, with the concerto finals at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 10 September with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Thomas Søndergård.

The competition, which takes place every three years, has announced a new media partnership with Classic FM; Listeners will have the exclusive chance to hear the final shortly after the competition. The programme will feature three concertos performed by the finalists. Classic FM will also share social media videos featuring some of the pianists via their Facebook page and on

For the semi-finals (6 & 7 September), the players' recital programmes will include a newly commissioned piece by the Scottish composer Gordon McPherson, for the final (10 September) the competitors will choose from Bartok's First and Third Piano Concertos, the concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Chopin, Ravel, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens' Second Concerto, Rachmaninov's concertos and Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Prokofiev's Second and Third Piano Concertos, and six Mozart piano concertos.

The jury includes the Scottish pianist Stephen Osborne, Peter Tuite (head of keyboard at Trinity Laban Conservatoire), and the pianist Olga Kern, the chair is Aaron Shorr (head of keyboard and collaborative piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Previous finalists in the competition have included Pavel Kolesnikov (3rd prize in 2010), Tom Poster (winner in 2007), Katya Apekisheva (2nd prize in 1998) and Charles Owen (2nd prize in 1995)

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