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RCM student wins Ahmed Adnan Saygun Piano Competition

24 July 2015, Katy Wright

Salih Can Gevrek
Salih Can Gevrek

Royal College of Music student Salih Can Gevrek took first prize in the third Ahmed Adnan Saygun Piano Competition. The 23-year-old will receive a 3,000TL (£7k)  prize and will perform at the 2016 International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival.

For the final round of the competition, which took place on 23 July in Gümüşlük Ancient Stone Quarry, Gevrek performed Rachmaninov's 'Six Moments Musicaux' and Saygun's Sonotin, Horon.

The panel, comprised of Gülsin Onay, Martin Roscoe and Vyacheslav Gryaznov, awarded second prize to Atakan Oyal and third prize to Ecem Alnıaçık. Oyal received the prize for 'Best Saygun Interpretation', while Alnıaçık was named the audience favourite.

The Ahmed Adnan Saygun piano competition occurs biennially as part of the International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival (which was awarded the European Festival Association's EFFE award for 2015-16). Each year, 50 young pianists participate in masterclasses given by the Gümüşlük Festival Academy. To date, the GFA's activities have enabled 10 students to study music through scholarships.

International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival

Kristiina Rokashevich wins 2015 Brant piano competition

17 July 2015, Katy Wright

Rokashevich in Town Hall
Rokashevich in Town Hall

Estonian pianist Kristiina Rokashevich won both the main prize and audience prize at the 2015 Brant International Piano Competition, for which she received a total of £3500 and a number of recital opportunities.

Rokashevich studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, continuing her education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In November 2014, she was one of six finalists at the Estonian Piano Competition. 

For the final of the Brant competition (which took place at Town Hall, Birmingham on 4 July), Rokashevich played Bach's Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello diletissmo, Debussy's Etude III pour les quartes and Schumann's Carnaval.

The judging panel comprised Richard Vignoles (chair), Mark Bebbington, John York and Richard Hawley. Scott MacIsaac and Ilya Kondratiev were placed second and third respectively.

Brant International Piano Competition

Tunisia charity single tops iTunes classical charts

10 July 2015, Katy Wright

A charity single by pianist David Schofield has topped the iTunes classical charts within hours of its release. All profits from Schofield's recording of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' will go to the Red Cross, who provided support after the attack in Sousse, Tunisia on 26 June.

Schofield was sunbathing by the pool at the Royal Kenz Hotel, Sousse, just 200 metres from the beach, when the shooting began. He said: 'We were able to get on one of the first flights back to the UK and since landing have wanted to help in some way. Being a concert pianist, I didn’t really know what I could do. After some thought I decided to record a charity single.

'The Red Cross is an amazing organisation and I know people will definitely benefit from their help and support after such a terrible event. Over the Rainbow is an absolutely beautiful piece of music that is full of hope. Personally, I find the piece very emotional so hope it will offer some comfort or release to those affected by the attacks.

'I dedicate this single to all those affected by the attacks in Tunisia on the 27th June. Everyone will have their own memories of that terrible day and hope this piece of music helps them in whatever way it can.'

Click here to buy the single on iTunes.

David Schofield, British concert pianist

Purcell School pupil wins inaugural Cliburn Junior Competition

10 July 2015, Katy Wright

Alim Beisembayev
Alim BeisembayevRodger Mallison/The Cliburn

Purcell School pupil Alim Beisembayev took first place in the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, winning the $10k first prize and $2k scholarship (to help further his musical advancement).

The Kazakhstan-born 17-year-old performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Mei-Ann Chen) in the competition final, which took place on 28 June in Fort Worth, Texas. His repertoire for previous rounds included works by Liszt, Chopin, Ligeti and Beethoven.

Beisembayev said: ‘Competitions really help you to develop as a musician because you try to play your best and learn as much as you can… it’s been really exciting for me to play this concerto because it’s such a big work and I really loved it.’

Cliburn gold medal winner and jury chairman Jon Nakamatsu said that he ‘loved his [Beisembayev's] sense of maturity, his concept of sound and of never rushing through things, especially during the earlier rounds.’

Tessa Nicholsam, Beisembayev’s piano teacher, said: ‘He’s a natural-born pianist. There are very few of the most difficult things that he finds difficult. Considering his parents aren’t musical, it’s just a God-given gift is all I can say.’

Beisembayev joined the Purcell School in 2010, supported by the Government’s Music and Dance scheme. He won third prize in the 2014 International Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar and first prize in the 2008 International Televised Competition for Young Musicians (‘Nutcracker’) in Moscow.

Arsenii Mun (Russia) and Youlan Ji (China), both 16, took second and third places respectively. Each of the top three candidates receive community residency and mentorship oportunities with the Cliburn.

Alim will be performing Rachmaninov's second piano concerto with The Purcell School at the Royal Festival Hall on 29 February 2016.

Cliburn Junior Competition

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Portuguese virtuoso Maria João Pires talks to International Piano about her new ‘Partitura’ teaching model combining the mechanics of playing with aspects of philosophy, psychology and social responsibility; celebrating the centenary of Sviatoslav Richter, one of the towering figures of 20th-century pianism; and we uncover the solo piano works of Vincent d’Indy. Plus, Artur Pizarro introduces ‘Songs My Grandmother Taught Me’, a musical journey through the first nine years of his life; piano music at this year’s BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival; embellishment, phrasing and cadenzas in Mozart’s piano works; we take a look at Stephen Paulello’s innovations in piano design; Joanna MacGregor shares her favourite tracks; Roger Vignoles looks back on an illustrious career as the recital partner of some of the greatest divas of our time; how to make the most of your sostenuto; free sheet music fragments by Schubert; and your chance to WIN Pires’ complete concerto recordings on CD.


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