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Luca Buratto wins Honens Piano Competition

14 September 2015

Luca Buratto
Luca BurattoMonique de St Croix

Luca Buratto was announced as the laureate of the 2015 Honens Piano Competition on 11 September.

The 22-year-old Italian pianist received a cash prize of CA$100k (£64,770) and a three-year career development programme valued at $500k.

The programme includes: worldwide general management by Honens for three years; worldwide recitals; residencies at the Banff Centre in preparation for collaborative touring projects; development of repertory and live recordings; mentorship opportunities with artists including Emanuel Ax, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Jeremy Denk, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough and Lars Vogt; and a recording on the Hyperion label.

Buratto made his debut in 2003 at age ten in the Sala Verdi of the Conservatory of Milan. He received third prize in the 2012 International Robert Schumann Competition (Zwickau) and the 'Acerbi' prize at the Shura Cherkassky International Piano Competition (Milan). He was one of 30 finalists at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

The jury announced its decision following the finalists’ performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier on 10 and 11 September. The judges included pianist Janina Fialkowska, Jeremy Geffen (director of artistic planning at Carnegie Hall), Charles Hamlen (artistic advisor of Orchestra of St Luke's and former head of IMG Artists), and Costa Pilavachi (Universal Music Group International's senior vice president of classical A&R).

Jury chair Charles Hamlen said: 'All of us on the jury, as well as the audiences at Jack Singer Concert Hall, have experienced two weeks of exhilarating, world-class pianism. Once again, the Honens Piano Competition has shown that it brings to Calgary some of the finest and most creative musicians from around the world. We offer our sincerest congratulations to all of the pianists, with a special nod to 2015 Honens Laureate, Luca Buratto.'

Finalists Henry Kramer (USA) and Artem Yasynskyy (Ukraine) each received a Raeburn prize of CA$10,000 (£6,477).

The Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years as part of the Honens Festival. Previous winners include Pavel Kolesnikov (2012) and Maxim Philippov (1996).

Honens Piano Competition

Anna Tcybuleva wins Leeds International Piano Competition

14 September 2015, Leeds, UK

Leeds International Piano Competition 2015 winner Anna Tcybuleva
Leeds International Piano Competition 2015 winner Anna Tcybuleva

Anna Tcybuleva has been awarded the first prize at this year's Leeds International Piano Competition. The 25-year-old Ukrainian pianist played Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2 in the Final, which took place at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 12 September.

Tcybuleva receives a £20,000 cash prize, the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gold medal and the Champs Hill Records award (allowing her to record her debut solo CD at the Music Room, Champs Hill).

Sir Mark Elder, who conducted the Hallé Orchestra in the finals, commented: 'Once again the LIPC has found a truly exciting winner from some very talented finalists. The Competition continues to achieve the highest standards and I am delighted to play a small part in it.'

Six pianists took part in the Finals:
- Second prize: Heejae Kim, 28 (South Korea)
- Third prize: Vitaly Pisarenko, 28 (Russia)
- Fourth prize: Drew Petersen, 21 (USA)
- Fifth prize: Tomoki Kitamura, 24 (Japan)
- Sixth prize: Yun Wei, 21 (China).

The Terence Judd – Hallé Orchestra Prize, in memory of a brilliant young pianist and past pupil of Dame Fanny Waterman, was awarded to Heejae Kim. He receives a cash prize of £5,500, at least three paid engagements with The Hallé and an invitation to perform in the Manchester Mid-day Concerts series at Bridgewater Hall.

This year's Competition was the last to be chaired by its founder Dame Fanny Waterman, who commented: 'This has been a truly marvellous Competition with some of the finest young pianists entering. To hear a talent as fine as Anna’s brings confidence that the Competition will continue to produce the greatest pianists in the world for many years to come.'
The Finals will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 13 September at 4pm and 8pm. BBC Four television will show the Finals on three consecutive Fridays from 18 September at 7.30pm.

Leeds International Piano Competition

Leeds finalists announced

9 September 2015

The finalists of this year's Leeds International Piano Competition have been announced.

The six pianists will perform in the finals on 11 and 12 September, with the winners' gala recital taking place on 13 September.

They are:

  • Heejae Kim, 28 (Korea)
  • Tomoki Kitamura, 24 (Japan)
  • Drew Petersen, 21 (USA)
  • Vitaly Pisarenko, 28 (Russia)
  • Anna Tcybuleva, 25 (Russia)
  • Yun Wei, 21 (China)
The winner will receive a cash prize of £20,000 and a number of international engagements.

Leeds International Piano Competition

Realpiano uses Yamaha Disklavier for recording and production service

9 September 2015

Realpiano founder Jonathan Dodd in his studio
Realpiano founder Jonathan Dodd in his studio

Realpiano, established by UK-based producer Jonathan Dodd, uses the Yamaha Disklavier for its piano recording and production services.

Clients can send in their piano midi file to be recorded on the Yamaha DS6 Mk4 Pro Disklavier 7ft grand piano and returned as a full 24bit audio Wav file. Alternatively, they can book an on-site session at the Realpiano studio to play, perform and record, or book a ‘remote session’ to play and record from another Disklavier through internet syncing.

The studio also contains a suite of Brauner valve microphones with Prismsound amps and converters. The equipment is designed to produce high-quality recordings whilst saving artists money and time.

Click here to see the recording process in action.

Dodd says: ‘It’s great to be able to capture performances in such a quality environment with virtually no compression, equalisation or effects in the recording path. Clients get a full size 24 bit audio file of pure unadulterated S6 grand piano, and it is then up to them to treat it as they then wish in their production.

‘It’s been fascinating to watch the pick-up of interest with clients, not just from the London or UK music industry, but from places as diverse as New York, Seattle, Quebec, Brazil, Sydney, Iceland, Norway and Ghana.’


St John's Smith Square to host Southbank International Piano Series recitals

7 September 2015, London, UK

Piano repertoire takes centre stage at St John's next season
Piano repertoire takes centre stage at St John's next season(Photo: Joss Gamble)

St John’s Smith Square is to host the bulk of the 2015/16 and 2016/17 Southbank Centre International Piano Series while the Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) undergoes a two-year refurbishment.

The forthcoming season will see a total of eight Southbank Series recitals at St John’s between October 2015 and April 2016, including Nikolai Demidenko (3 Nov), Steven Osborne (3 Feb), Tamara Stefanovich (26 Feb) and the winner of the 2015 Chopin Competition (11 Mar).

‘We hope that our partnership with the SBC International Piano Series will consolidate our own programming identity, and help us to share this with a wider artistic, critical and audience base,’ says St John’s director, Richard Heason. In terms of longer-term outcomes, ‘a more defined identity’ for St John’s is high on Heason’s list.

The partnership with the Southbank is the cornerstone of a wide-ranging season of piano music at the Baroque London church. ‘When we knew the SBC International Piano Series would partly be coming to St John’s, I was keen to capitalise upon this and see how we might add value to our other wonderful events,’ explains Heason. ‘I’m aware that a number of pianists really enjoy playing here and so, for the right repertoire, it is a key venue.’

Among Heason’s personal highlights are two complete cycles: Warren Mailley-Smith’s Herculean Chopin series and the London Piano Trio playing Beethoven. He’s also looking forward to Rolf Hind’s Occupy the Pianos festival (11-13 September), and says it ‘will be wonderful to see this come to fruition’. Two-piano repertoire comes under the spotlight in April with a concert by the Labeque sisters as well as a lunchtime performance of Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen. But the icing on the cake, says Heason, will be the opportunity to hear Beethoven’s last three sonatas in a single evening at Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s SBC International Piano Series recital on 26 January.

‘The piano has the greatest repertoire by far for any solo instrument and we could programme many years of events without repetition or boredom creeping in,’ adds Heason.

St John's Smith Square

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