Tuesday 5 February 2013

Hastings Piano Week

Hastings Piano Week runs from 11 March to 16 March 2013 with the culmination being the final of the Hastings Piano Concerto Competition on Saturday 16 March with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings. The competition is open to pianists aged 16 to 30. Entry is by audition via CD or DVD, there are then three public stages of the competition. An initial concerto round, performed on two pianos, a recital semi-final and the concerto final with orchestra. The prescribed list of concertos covers the main repertoire by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Rachmaninov.

Hastings Piano Week is part of the Hastings Music Festival, an annual competitive festival which was been running since 1908. There are four main areas of competition, singing, instrumental, dancing, speech and drama. The festival runs from 4 March to 23 March. Piano week (11 to 16 March) includes the first stage preliminary concerto performances, second stage recitals semi final, master classes for semi finalists as well as junior and senior piano classes including the junior piano concerto competition. 

Last year's winner was Eugenio Catone and there is a video of his recital in Hastings in November 2012 on YouTube.

Further information from the Hastings Piano Concerto Competition website.

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