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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Can Çakmur wins Scottish International Piano Competition

11:19, 11th September 2017

Turkish pianist Can Çakmur has been named as the 11th winner of the Scottish International Piano Competition (SIPC).

The 20-year-old receives £10,000, the Sir Alexander Stone Memorial Trophy and the Frederic Lamond gold medal, and will perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in its 2018/19 season.

Born in 1997 in Ankara, Çakmur studied with Grigory Gruzman at the Hochschule für Music Franz Liszt Weimar and with Diane Andersen in Belgium. He has won a number of international competitions and awards – including third prize and Bartók prize at the 2014 Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists Weimar – and has appeared in major festivals throughout his native Turkey and performed as soloist throughout Europe.

Second prize went to Florian Mitrea (Romania), who also won best performance of Gordon McPherson’s The Pounding Room, a new work commissioned as the test piece for this year’s competition, while Luka Okros (Georgia) took third prize.

All three finalists performed a concerto on a Fazioli piano with Thomas Søndergård and the RSNO at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 10 September.

This year’s competition welcomed 23 competitors from 15 countries across 3 continents. The panel of eight jurors included Steven Osborne and Olga Kern, and was chaired by Aaron Shorr, head of keyboard at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Previous winners of the the triennial competition include Tom Poster (2007), Katya Apekisheva (1998), and Charles Owen (1995).


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