06 November 2016
You can still enter online by Wednesday 16 November
Since its relaunch in 2004, the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has grown to become one of the UK's premier piano competitions, attracting young pianists from across the globe. Next year’s event has already attracted an overwhelming response, with almost double the number of American entrants putting their names down.
Pictured opposite is this year's winner, Tzu-Yin Huang from Taiwan.
Although live auditions have now taken place around the globe, would-be competitors can still enter by submitting a video performance by Wednesday 16th November 2016.
Created to give a platform for the world's finest young talents (aged 16 to 30) and to bring a wider audience to the appreciation and understanding of the classical piano repertoire, the annual competition culminates in a thrilling final in early March.
The 2017 finale will be held on the weekend of 3rd/4th March with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra accompanying the finalists at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. The Orchestra will be conducted by Timonthy Henty. It is the first time the world-famous orchestra has performed at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and will afford classical music lovers a wonderful opportunity to see and hear its established musicians play alongside up-and-coming talents from home and abroad.
This year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition title went to Taiwan’s Tzu-Yin Huang (pictured) who won the overall first prize with a sublime performance of Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto, ahead of 38 other wonderfully talented finalists from across the world. As part of her prize, Miss Huang has been invited to take part in a series of concerts across Britain, along with fellow 2016 finalist, Samuel Deason.
HIPCC Competition Director and Chairman of the Jury, Frank Wibaut says: “So far, live auditions in America, Japan, UK and Germany have revealed some extraordinarily talented pianists from all over the world! We still have videos to assess but, already the next competition should be the most thrilling and highest level yet- the final six getting the all-important chance to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra over two evenings.”
Find out more about the Hastings International Piano Competition.