London Mozart Players revives the Mozart Memorial Prize10:51, 7th October 2019
The London Mozart Players has relaunched its Mozart Memorial Prize, originally established in the 1960s, as part of a new partnership with Kent International Piano Courses (KIPC).
Chosen annually from participants in the KIPC, every winner of the prize will enjoy a year’s relationship with the LMP, involving mentoring from pianist and LMP conductor laureate Howard Shelley OBE. The centrepiece of the prize is the opportunity to perform a piano concerto with the orchestra at a professional concert, and the title of ‘Pianist in association’ for the duration of their winning year.
Revived 37 years after it was rested in 1982, the first prize in its new guise has already been awarded to young pianist Jinah Shim. Shim will perform alongside LMP for the first prize-winner’s concert on Friday 1 November, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 while the LMP will play his Eine kleine Nachtmusik and ‘Jupiter’ symphony.
Commenting on her award, Shim says: ‘I am very grateful for all of the support I have been given from both Howard and the orchestra as part of this prize; there are not many opportunities in which both mentoring and a performance is given, and I am thrilled to be given this chance.’
Julia Desbruslais, executive director of the LMP says: ‘We wanted to end our anniversary year looking forward rather than back, and there is no better way to build on our incredible history than by encouraging the performers of tomorrow and passing on all the knowledge of the music business that these young talents need. We are thrilled to be working with KIPC to bring this important award back to life and we are grateful to our sponsors and supporters for helping us to bring our birthday year to such an exciting conclusion.’
Mary Methuen, director at KIPC, comments: ‘KIPC is delighted with this exciting new partnership which invaluably increases the opportunities and support given by both organisations to emerging concert artists. We are very grateful to the LMP and their sponsors for their generosity in making available this excellent opportunity.’