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Alexander Ullman wins Liszt Competition in Utrecht

7:33, 8th November 2017

British pianist Alexander Ullman has won the 11th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, receiving €20,000 and a package of career development initiatives valued at over €300,000.

Ullman’s winning performance of Liszt’s Concerto No 2 with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Markus Stenz at Tivoli/Vredenburg Grand Hall in Utrecht. Ullman immediately embarked on a tour of the Netherlands, making his debut at the Concertgebouw.

The jury was chaired by Joop Daalmeijer and included Dmitri Alexeev (Russia), Janina Fialkowska (Canada), Peter Frankl (Hungary), Markus Groh (Germany) and Leslie Howard (UK). Ullman was one of 14 semifinalists selected to compete in Utrecht. Minsoo Hong (South Korea) was awarded second prize and and Dina Ivanova (Russia) came third.

Ullman’s future engagements include appearances as soloist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra in the Seoul Arts Centre and the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra at Oslo Konserthus. He will also give recitals in Belgium, Lithuania, Slovenia, Hong Kong, Columbia and China, and is recording his first CD of Russian ballet music for Rubicon.

Born in 1991 in London, Alexander studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Royal College of Music. He won the 2011 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest and has been represented by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) since 2014.

The International Franz Liszt Competition is a triennial event founded in 1986. Previous winners include Martyn van den Hoek (1986), Enrico Pace (1989), Sergey Pashkevich (1992), Igor Roma (1996), Masaru Okada, Yundi Li (1999), Jean Dubé (2002) and Vitaly Pisarenko (2008).

Alexander Ullman, Liszt Competition 2017
International Franz Liszt Competition

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