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For outstanding young pianists up to the age of 17. INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

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In celebration of the launch of our International Piano Academy and forthcoming ‘All-Steinway School’ status, we are hosting our very first International Piano Competition.

The inaugural event will take place this Spring, providing an excellent performance platform for current students as well as young pianists from schools and colleges from across the world.

This year the competition is being held online, however, in future years the competition final will be held on campus.

The competition will comprise three categories: age 12 and under, age 15 and under and age 17 and under, and the deadline for submission of entries is Friday 28th May 2021.

All entries will be adjudicated by our Director of Music, Mr Adam Dobson and Professor of Piano, Miss Hazel Nguyen. Students who advance through to the final round (ten per category) will be adjudicated by one of the UK’s best-loved classical pianists and Rossall’s Associate Professor, Mr Martin Roscoe.

  • Schedule

    Applications and video submissions will be accepted between: 

    Wednesday 28th April 2021 and Friday 28th May 2021. 

    There are three categories that can be entered: 

    • Age 12 and under (Cat.C)
    • Age 15 and under (Cat.B)
    • Age 17 and under (Cat.A) 

    Following the closing date of Friday 28th May 2021 all student entries will be assessed by Rossall’s Director of Music, Mr Adam Dobson and Professor of Piano, Miss Hazel Nguyen.

    The final shortlist of ten for each category will be announced on Tuesday 1st June.

    The finalists from each category will be adjudicated by classical pianist and Rossall’s Associate Professor, Mr Martin Roscoe.

    Winners will be announced on Friday 18th June.

    Please note that:

    The Competition reserves exclusive rights to re-upload the video submitted by contestants for marketing or any other promotion.

    All finalists videos will be streamed on YouTube, social media platforms and on www.rossall.org.uk.

  • Repertoire and Time Limits

    • Cat A: maximum 15-minute recital to include the first movement from any piano Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert.
    • Cat B: maximum 12-minute recital to include a contrapuntal work by J.S. Bach (e.g. Invention/Sinfonia/Prelude and Fugue). 
    • Cat C: maximum 8-minute recital to include a work by a classical composer (e.g a Clementi Sonatina, a Beethoven Bagatelle). 

    For categories A and B, substitutions for the prerequisites from the same period that demonstrate a comparable standard of technical and musical ability will be accepted – e.g. Beethoven Rondos Op. 51 (Cat. A), a Handel Suite or Scarlatti Sonata (Cat. B).

    In addition to the prerequisite repertoire, entrants are welcome to perform any additional piece(s) of music they wish, up to the maximum time limit for each category.

  • Prizes

    Best Overall Competitor:

    Your own recital at Steinway Hall, Marylebone, London

    Scholarship Award:

    An optional ‘Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship Award’ is available to a finalist wishing to study at Rossall School and join the International Piano Academy in September 2021.*

    First Prizes:

    £750 (Cat. A), £500 (Cat. B), £300 (Cat. C)

    Second Prizes:

    £500 (Cat. A), £300 (Cat. B), £200 (Cat. C)

    Third Prizes:

    £250 (Cat. A), £150 (Cat. B), £100 (Cat. C)

    *The Thomas Beecham Scholarship Award includes: 

    50% off the School fees (boarding fees if relevant)

    50% off the International Piano Academy fees

  • How to enter

    Cost to enter: 

    • £30 – Cat C
    • £40 – Cat B 
    • £50 – Cat A

    Entry submission opens on Wednesday 28th April 2021 and closes on Friday 28th May 2021. 

    Please follow this link to enter and make your payment.

    Exact video requirements will be sent out to you directly once your application has been processed, these requirements will assist you in the filming of your recital.

  • Judges

    CHAIR OF THE JURY: MARTIN ROSCOE 

    With an extraordinary career spanning over five decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. His enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship and his easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

    He is one of the most regularly played pianists on BBC Radio 3, having made over 600 broadcasts, including seven BBC Prom appearances and Martin works frequently with many of the UK’s leading orchestras.  A prolific recitalist and chamber musician, Martin seasonally tours the UK in addition to performing in Europe, Canada, Australia and the Far East.

    Teaching forms an important part of his life and the development of young talent helps Martin to constantly re-examine and re-evaluate his own playing. We are thrilled that Martin will be joining the faculty of the Rossall International Piano Academy from September 2021. Throughout the year, Martin will be visiting the school every half term to deliver one-to-one lessons, masterclasses and concerts, giving our young pianists an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the very best concert artists and teachers. 

    ADAM DOBSON (DIRECTOR OF MUSIC)

    BMus (Hons) from the Royal College of Music

    PGCE, BMus

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    Pianist Adam Dobson, a graduate of the Royal College of Music (BMus Hons) and an experienced recitalist. 

    Following his graduation from Chetham’s, Adam went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Ruth Nye, a former student of the great Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau. Through her mentorship, Adam can lay claim to a place in a remarkable musical lineage that directly extends back through Liszt, Beethoven and Haydn. A major catalyst in his desire to become an educator was the opportunity to pass this musical heritage on to future generations of young musicians. 

    Adam has worked as a Musical Director for a number of West End and touring musicals and concert productions. One of his career highlights was a performance on stage at the Brandenburg Gate, in front of an audience of over 100,000, as part of the opening celebrations for the UEFA Euro 2016 Fanmeile.

    HAZEL NGUYEN (PIANO TEACHER)

    Dip ABRSM

    BMus (Hons)  from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

    Award-winning pianist Hazel Nguyen began her music education at the age of three and was admitted to the Vietnam National Academy of Music by the age of six. Hazel, a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (BMus Hons) has since become an established concert artist, including performances on BBC Radio 3 and In Tune. Hazel is herself an Old Rossallian and has been on the school’s keyboard faculty since 2018.

     

  • Rules

    General Information and Rules:

    The application deadline for the 1st Rossall International Piano Competition is Friday 28th May 2021.

    The application form can be found on ‘How To Enter’ – payment will be taken on application via World Pay.

    Costs:

    • Age 12 and under (Cat.C) £30
    • Age 15 and under (Cat.B) £40
    • Age 17 and under (Cat.A) £50

    The payment of bank charges and commission for conversion into sterling is the responsibility of the applicant.

    The entry fee is not refundable.

    Exact video submissions requirements will be sent out to you directly once your application has been processed.

    The Competition reserves exclusive rights to re-upload the video submitted by contestants for marketing or any other promotion.

    All finalists videos will be streamed on YouTube, social media platforms and on www.rossall.org.uk.

    The decision of the adjudicators is final 

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