16 January 2017
See who the judges chose out of 130 entrants of all ages and from all corners of the globe
Congratulations to Evelyn Dobson, who has been chosen as the winner of our 2016 Composing Competition. She receives a Kawai upright model K-15E worth over £3,350. Her winning score will be published inside Pianist and performed on the covermount CD.
Dobson, from Plymouth, wowed the judges with her composition Ceasefire. The judging panel – consisting of Pianist Editor Erica Worth, music educator Nigel Scaife, composer John Kember and Kawai representative Matt Ash – agreed that the piece was distinguished by its musical intelligence, thematic consistency, subtle harmonies, originality and a great poignancy. The 47-bar piece is prefaced with a short introduction in which Dobson writes of children emerging onto the streets of the Syrian city of Aleppo to play during a ceasefire.
‘This will take a while to sink in,’ she said. ‘I’m shocked, because I felt sure I hadn’t got the key quite right. One of the things I wanted was to make it playable, so that anyone could have a go. I did want it to be accessible.’ She is a piano teacher with 60 years’ experience, having taken on her first pupil when she was 14 years old.
Judging the competition wasn’t easy: there were 130 entrants of all ages (the youngest being eight!) and from all corners of the globe. A full feature about the competition – in which the judges discuss the process, explain what they were looking for and mention other pieces that impressed them – will appear in Pianist 96.