Catching up with Vivian Fan, winner of the 2012 Spirit of the Open Piano Competition award

The "Spirit of the Open Piano Competition" award is an award given by the directors of the OPC to the pianist whom they felt best represented the ethos of the competition. Vivian came to London for the competition in October with the aim of boosting her solo playing ability again, having spent many years as an accompanist, currently working as the Director of Accompanying Programme at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, in the USA. She only made it to the semi-finals of the competition, but by that point it was clear to the directors that she was the person to whom the award should be given; her enthusiasm for the opportunity to play solo and compete was really tangible. She says: "Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful competition...I got a renewed sense of creative energy since the competition". This is clear when we read what she has been up to since!

Vivian has finished a CD project of Paul Chiahara's Sonata for Viola and Piano with violist Paul Coletti which was released on Bridge Records in January 2013. In March this year she performed a recital program with the winner of the 2012 Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition Sang Yoon Kim (click here to listen to one of Vivian's performances), and one with the legendary violinist Arnold Steinhardt, playing Schubert's Sonatina No. 2, Janáček's Sonata, Ravel's Sonata and Grieg's Sonata No. 3.

Her future engagements include travelling to Denmark in May to accompany several competitors in the Nielsen International Clarinet Competition, and to Munich in September to accompany several competitors in the ARD International Music Competition.

On top of this Vivian tells us that from December 2012 she has been learning how to rock climb!

With such a busy calendar we are grateful to her for taking the time to give us this update, and for sharing her news. Thanks, Vivian. We hope you come back to compete again in the future!