Hastings Competition unveils Steinway partnership and revised 2021 dates11:00, 8th October 2020
Hastings International Piano, UK, has struck a new partnership with Steinway & Sons. The iconic maker will provide instruments for next year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which has been rescheduled to take place 17-26 June 2021.
Successful entrants for the 2021 competition will be selected from video auditions by a panel appointed by jury president Professor Vanessa Latarche, head of keyboard at London’s Royal College of Music, who joined the competition team earlier this year.
Latarche said: ‘I am delighted that we have managed to re-schedule the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition to June 2021. So many musicians have faced disappointment due to cancellations since COVID-19 began. Although they have become very adept at finding other ways of working, especially by video and streaming through social media, nothing replaces the thrill of live performance. The competition will provide a beacon of light for these young pianists to work towards.’
The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is a biennial competition for young pianists. Its 2019 edition attracted 170 applicants from across the globe, 40 of whom came to compete in Hastings for an opportunity to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and win the competition’s first prize, worth £15,000.
Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is an initiative of Hastings International Piano, which also runs the Hastings International Piano Festival. Ian Roberts has led the organisation since 2019.
Roberts said: ‘The 2021 edition of Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition will provide enhanced performance opportunities for our pianists, including orchestral opportunities in both the semifinal and final rounds. Our partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra continues in 2021 and we look forward to announcing further news in the coming weeks.’
International Piano is the official media partner of Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2021.