09 February 2020
By Ellie Palmer
Ten pianists will compete for the three Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarships of €2000 each
All applicants are under the age of 25 and are currently studying in full time music education in the UK.
Over 50 applications were received and the finalists will compete for the awards at a public event to be held at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on Sunday 16th February.
The finalists will perform on the Conservatoire’s ‘CFX’ - Yamaha’s flagship concert grand piano to an eminent judging panel comprising head judge John Thwaites (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) along with Vanessa Latarche (Royal College of Music), Ronan O’Hora (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Graham Scott (Royal Northern College of Music) and Aaron Shorr (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).
Founded in 1989, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship competitions now take place in 32 countries and have endowed over 1000 scholarships totalling more than one million euros since their inception.
A not-for-profit charity, it is dedicated to providing support and performance platforms for the next generation of classical music talent.
The finals are open for all to attend and entry to the event is free.
The finalists are:
Moneka Arai – Royal Academy of Music
Can Arisoy – Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Tiffany Buxton – Royal Northern College of Music
Petar Dimov – Royal College of Music
George Harliono – Royal College of Music
Maria Matveeva – Royal Northern College of Music
Kilian Scholla – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Conor Smyth-Small – Royal Irish Academy of Music
Jonas Stark – Royal Academy of Music
Bocheng Wang – Royal Academy of Music