Three young pianists will battle it out for a first prize of £3000 and the chance to perform a series of high-profile recitals, in the final stage of the 2014 Brant International Piano Competition at Town Hall Birmingham on Saturday 5 July (7pm).
In addition to the first prize, this year’s competition also sees the introduction of an audience prize, which will award £500 to the public’s favourite competitor.
From a series of preliminary rounds at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, King Edwards School Edgbaston (Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June), the three finalists will be chosen by a distinguished jury comprising Norma Fisher FRNCM (pianist and Professor at the Royal College of Music), Di Xiao (pianist and Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire) and Richard Hawley (Director of Artistic Programming and Projects, Town Hall and Symphony Hall). Pianist John York will join the panel for the competition’s final to help decide the overall winner. Founded in 1979, and open to all UK-based pianists between the ages of 18 and 28, the Brant International Piano Competition is one of the West Midlands’ most prestigious music competitions, and a stepping stone to professional success. The 2012 winner, Ashley Fripp, will undertake a tour of Europe’s great concert halls with cellist Michael Petrov later this year, as one of the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars for 2014/15 – including a recital at Town Hall on Monday 13th April 2015 (6pm). Alexander Panfilov, who took home the 2013 prize, meanwhile, will give his Prize-winner’s Recital at Town Hall on Wednesday 25th February 2015 as part of the Birmingham International Concert Season. Judge Di Xiao, who won the Brant competition herself in 2007, and went on to be nominated as a 2008/09 ECHO Rising Star, said: ‘I feel honoured to be on the jury of the 2014 Brant International Competition, as I have no doubt that winning the competition back in 2007 has been a springboard to my career. Britain is bursting with creativity, and during this year’s final audiences will get to see some of the sparkling young talent that the country has to offer.” The 2014 Brant International Piano Competition Final takes place on Saturday 5 July, 7pm, at Town Hall Birmingham. Tickets for all events can be purchased from 0121 780 3333 or online at www.thsh.co.uk/event/brant-international-piano-competition-14