Kapoor-Leung duo wins inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition3:43, 4th December 2018
Violinist Usha Kapoor and pianist Edward Leung, both from the US, have won the first Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition.
Performing works by Mozart, Adams and Saint-Saëns, the duo fought off competition to win the top prize, which includes £4,000 prize money, a commercial recording with Resonus Classics, and professional engagements at Wigmore Hall, Winchester Chamber Music Festival, Ulverston Festival and Chamber Circle in Brussels.
The jury comprised of Resonus Classics founder Adam Binks; pianists Katya Apekisheva, Daniel Tong and John Thwaites; violinist Michael Gurevich; violist Robin Ireland; and cellists Alice Neary and Christoph Richter.
Daniel Tong, head of piano chamber music at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, said: ‘Chamber music is a multi-layered medium, in the wealth and depth of its repertoire as well as the skills and characteristics required to realise it.
‘It is music for sharing, both with one’s performing colleagues and the audience, and is therefore somewhat confessional. It is open to wide-ranging interpretation, despite being put together by composers with great intellectual rigour.
‘The jury were delighted that Usha and Edward won the competition and it was extremely well-deserved. The music-making in the festival generally was of an extraordinary standard, both from the young artists and the professional guests in the evenings.’
The organisers hope to host the next edition in 2021.