|2013 competition announced||
12 November 2012
First Prize: £1,000
Second Prize: £500
Third Prize: £300
Semi-finalists will receive prizes of £100 each
In addition there are special prizes, to be awarded at the jury’s discretion, of £500, £300 and £200 for the best performances from candidates aged 16 or under. There are also prizes of encouragement (£60 each). These are awarded at the discretion of the jury to promising performers who are unsuccessful in reaching the semi final stage.
The winner of the competition will be offered a series of engagements and the opportunity to record a recital for CD. All finalists will be offered full scholarships to attend the 2014 Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists. In addition, it is hoped that there will be recital opportunities for the remaining finalists and also for some of the semi finalists
Positive feedback and encouragement for all participants remains at the forefront of the event, where the emphasis has always been on inspiration, motivation and educational stimulus. It almost goes without saying that the discipline involved in preparing a complete piano concerto to a high standard is invaluable in itself. Therefore those pianists who ‘fail’ to be selected for the semi final need not feel too disappointed.
As part of the encouraging policy of the competition, advice and feedback is always available to all the pianists who enter.