Melissa Bradshaw

Ian Roberts named managing director of Hastings Piano Competition

3:13, 10th April 2019

Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, one of the UK’s most prestigious international music prizes, has announced the appointment of Ian Roberts as its new managing director.

Roberts (pictured), well known for over 20 years’ experience in the music industry, has worked extensively in the UK and European live and recorded music sector including almost a decade at Warner Classics and Jazz. During his career, Roberts has supported the development of a range of music events, venues and artists including Nicola Benedetti, Michael Kamen, Jennifer Pike and Amy Dickson.

The launch of the competition’s 2020 International Piano Festival will also be led by Roberts, supported by his recently appointed new general manager Hannah Deeble, a well-known musician and arts administrator who has previously managed the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and toured extensively with Tori Amos, Jools Holland and Beth Orton.

Roberts comments on his appointment: ‘I am excited to be leading this innovative music organisation into the next stage of their development, having grown from a national piano competition to an internationally renowned event. I am looking forward to seeing my own plans for a truly eclectic international piano festival coming to fruition, and my priority for the coming year will be to create music education opportunities, via an extensive calendar of community engagement and free and affordable tickets to young audiences.’

The 2020 Hastings International Piano Festival will take place in the last week of February and first week of March in multiple venues in and around Hastings. The programme of events will be announced in the coming months. The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition returns in 2021 with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


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