Roman Kosyakov announced as winner of the Sheepdrove Piano Competition 2018


24 May 2018
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After a weekend of closed and open heats, Roman Kosyakov was awarded the £2000 Kindersley Prize.

 

Newbury Spring Festival announces Roman Kosyakov as winner of the Sheepdrove Piano Competition 2018...

 

 

After a weekend of closed and open heats on the afternoon of Sunday 20th May, Roman Kosyakov was awarded the £2000 Kindersley Prize for winning the 2018 Sheepdrove Piano Competition.

The competition final - which this year had an emphasis on the works of Schubert - was judged by a distinguished panel of jurors including John Thwaites, Mikhail Kazakevich, Lucy Parham, David Whelton and Mark Eynon. Runner up prizes were awarded to Maxim Kinasov, Pan Yicheng and Cristian Sandrin.

The Sheepdrove Piano Competition, now in its 10th year, is an important part of the Newbury Spring Festival and is held at the Sheepdrove Eco Centre, Lambourn.  The competition is open to piano students from all the major UK conservatories and was founded in 2009 by the Sheepdrove Trust under the patronage of Sir Roger Norrington.

Festival Director Mark Eynon said, “The Sheepdrove Piano Competition is central to the Newbury Spring Festival’s commitment to support and launch a new generation of young artists.  This year’s finalists are all extremely talented and Roman Kosyakov is destined for a great career."

 

Awards

First Prize: The Kindersley Prize of £2000 plus a recital on Monday 21st May for a fee of £500 as part of the Newbury Spring Festival was awarded to Roman Kosyakov from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Second Prize: £1,000 donated by Greenham Trust, was awarded to Maksim Kinasov from Royal Northern College of Music

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Third Prize: £500 donated by the Friends of Newbury Spring Festival was awarded to Cristian Sandrin from Royal Academy of Music.

Fourth Prize: £250 donated anonymously was awarded to Pan Yicheng from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Audience Prize: £250 donated anonymously was awarded to Roman Kosyakov from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

 

Members of the jury

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David Whelton - Former Managing Director Philharmonia Orchestra and Director of Klosters Festival

John Thwaites - British concert pianist and head of keyboard at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Lucy Parham - British pianist and Professor of Piano at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

Mikhail Kasakevich - Russian born concert pianist and professor of piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Mark Eynon - Director, Newbury Spring Festival