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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Details announced for 2018 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

12:59, 20th February 2018

The 2018 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition will take place between 22 February and 3 March.

This year’s competition has received more entries than ever before: applications were submitted by 160 young pianists from 35 different countries.

42 contestants aged between 16 and 30 will take part in Stage 1 of the competition, which will run from 22 to 24 February. The contestants will play up to 28 minutes of excerpts from the concerto they have chosen from the list of 15 decided by the event’s artistic director.

Up to 24 contestants will then be chosen to go through to Stage 2, which will take place on 26 and 27 February. They will choose from a second list of concertos and must play a concerto by a different composer from Stage 1.

The judges will pick 12 contestants to go through to the Semi-Final on 28 February. Each will have to play a short classical work from a set list, with the rest of their 35-minute programme comprising works they have chosen themselves.

Six contestants will then go through to the two-day final. The six semi-finalists who do not go through to the final will take part in a Masterclass with members of the jury on 1 March.

The Final takes place over two evenings on 2 and 3 March. Each finalist will play one of the concertos of their choice with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jac van Steen.

The prize money this year has been increased by 50%. The winner will receive a cheque for £15,000 and the chance to play in concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in other UK recitals and to play a concerto in the USA. The total prize money available this year is over £30,000.

The 2018 Jury includes artistic director and chair Frank Wibaut (UK), Ewa Poblocka (Poland), Akiko Ebi (Japan), Ronan O’Hora (UK), Ashley Wass (UK), Graham Scott (UK) and Joaquin Soriano (Spain).

Tickets for all stages of the competition start at £5 for a session and are now on sale from the White Rock box office (01424 462288) or online from www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk.


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