Catching up with the OPC 2012 prize winners!

We thought that it was about time we caught up with the OPC prize winners and found out what has been keeping them busy the last five months.

Dominic Smith, Formula One car engineer and winner of the OPC 2012's third prize tells us what he has been up to since the competition in October:

"...the following week I played Ravel 2 with the Orchestre de la Garde Rebublicaine in Paris...so no time for rest after the competition! Then I played in the church of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan the following month which was pretty epic. I’ve had a bit of a break learning new rep since then (squeezed in around the work), but I have quite a few concerts lined up again this year, starting next week in the historic racing car museum in Le Mans! Then Versailles next month, Milan in May, Le Pouliguen (west coast of France) in July, Sardinia in August and Luxembourg in November. So I think that will probably do me..."

Dominic certainly has been very busy indeed. His performances of Ravel's second piano concerto followed his winning the 2012 Paris International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs.

Asked about his experience at the OPC, he says: "the biggest thing for me was being able to play alongside the other professional musicians". At the initial selection round Dominic was placed into Category 2, the category for amateur pianists, pianists whose profession is something other than playing piano. Dominic sailed through the first two rounds and at the final, he won over one other amateur pianist and four other finalists from the professional category.

With the next OPC being held in Turin, Italy this coming October, Dominic is thinking of entering again: "...it seems in Europe as though the idea of amateur is a lot more positive than in England...so maybe see you later in the year then". We hope so! That's as long as he isn't too busy with this year's new racing car!

Click HERE to listen to Dominic's prize winning performances of Prokofiev, Liszt and Granados at the OPC 2012. To follow Dominic's concert schedule and for more information about the man himself, click HERE.

The closing date for the OPC 2013 is fast approaching. Put in your application now!