THE tenth Scottish International Piano Competition which takes place in Glasgow from 13- 22 June has again attracted interest from a large number of young pianists from across the world.
The competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and is held every three years.
The two most recent prizewinners, Oxana Schevchenko and Tom Poster, have both forged successful careers and attract enthusiastic audiences when they return to perform in Scotland.
Thirty pianists from 18 different countries have been selected to compete in the week-long event to be held in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The international jury will be chaired by Professor Aaron Shorr, head of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The semi-final stage will include the performance of a specially-commissioned piece written by Rory Boyle.
Four finalists will then go forward to play a piano concerto of their choice with the RSNO conducted by Gergely Madaras in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 22 June.
The winner will receive a £10,000 prize, the Sir Alexander Stone Memorial Trophy, the Frederick Lamond Gold Medal and a Bluthner Grand Piano.
The winner will also appear in the 2014-15 RSNO season of concerts playing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3.
There is local interest with David Gray a former pupil of Hutchesons’ Grammar School and St Mary’s Music School along with Peter Ciobanu, a current student and Mohammed Shams a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland amongst those selected.
Bailie Liz Cameron, chair of the SIPC board, said: “We are delighted that Glasgow will again welcome so many talented young pianists from across the world.
“The competition has a reputation for its friendliness and captures the interest of music lovers from Glasgow and beyond. This year in particular, it will provide an important cultural experience in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.”
Tickets for the early rounds and semi final will go on sale to the public on 1 May from RCS Box Office rcs.ac.uk/boxoffice and for the concerto final from GRCH Box Office glasgowconcerthalls.com/events/
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