09 January 2017
To take place on 27 February at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Yamaha Music UK have confirmed that the final recital performances of the prestigious Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholars will take place on 27 February at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The instrument discipline rotates each year and, since it’s inception in 1989, Yamaha’s charitable European Foundation has bestowed over 900 pan-European Scholarships for fulltime Conservatoire students, valued at over one million Euros in total.
Tickets for the event are free of charge and available on the door. According to organisers, the standard this year is extremely high. So, the event promises an exciting insight into the next generation of talented young pianists.
The highly respected judging panel comprises Aaron Shorr, Head of Keyboard & Collaborative Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Graham Scott, Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music; Joanna MacGregor, Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music; Peter Tuite, Head of Piano and Keyboard Instruments at Trinity Laban; Ronan O'Hora, Head of Keyboard Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Vanessa Latarche, Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music. The panel will select three overall winners from the record number of entries received for the 2017 competition.
Yamaha’s Charles Bozon comments, 'Yamaha is committed to supporting and providing a professional performance platform for Europe’s very best new talent, and this well-established and respected scholarship programme is an excellent example of that commitment in action. For anyone passionate about the piano, classical music and new talent, this is an event not to be missed.'
The ten 2017 finalists are:
Miss Louise Cournarie Royal Academy of Music
Miss Arisa Onoda Royal Academy of Music
Mr Konstantinos Destounis Royal College of Music
Miss Maria Inês Barbosa Da Costa Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Miss Jingjing Wan Royal College of Music
Mr Martin James Bartlett Royal College of Music
Mr Ryan Drucker Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Miss Maria Kustas Royal College of Music
Miss Hao Zi Yoh Royal Academy of Music
Miss Tamila Salimdjanova Royal College of Music