Coady Green, Artistic Director to the OPC, joins the competition's final round adjudication panel

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London, September 20th, 2012

Before relocating to London in 2006 from Australia, Coady completed his Bachelor of Music Performance and Masters of Music Performance at Melbourne University. In 2005 he won almost all of the most prestigious competitions and awards his native Australia had to offer, including a British Council Award, Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship Award, Sir Ian Potter Award, three prizes from the Australian Council for the Arts and the South Australian Arts Council, first prize in the City of Sydney piano competition, and awards from the Masonic Foundation, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia and the University of Melbourne. Since living in London, he has twice been the recipient of the Geoffrey Parsons Trust Award and a prize winner at the International Grieg Two Piano Competition in Norway.

Coady regularly performs in Europe, notably this year in London's Royal Festival Hall as part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Prokofiev festival and Queen Elizabeth Hall Purcell Room. Abroad, he has recently given critically acclaimed recitals throughout Europe in Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom, Austria, France and Italy and in China, Africa and Australia, in venues such Sydney Opera House, the Beijing and Shanghai Concert Halls, the Salzburg Mozarteum, Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg and St Martin in the Fields and Wigmore Hall, and of course, the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

In 2013/14 he will be recording four CDs: two with internationally renowned tenor Neil Latchman for Meridian Records; a solo recording of the complete etudes of Anton Rubinstein also for Meridian Records and a recording of Australian works for two pianos with fellow Australian pianist Leigh Harrold, for Australia's leading record label, "Tall Poppies".

When he is not on concert tours Coady is on staff at Goldsmiths College, University of London, teaching piano performance. He is also undertaking a Performance PhD at Goldsmiths, focussing on Russian repertoire from Rubinstein, Skryabin, Rakhmaninov and Tishenko.

Coady will join the OPC's panel of guest adjudicators on 8th October. As he will have judged both the first and second rounds with fellow artistic directors Marianna Prjevalskaya and Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras, he feels that it is quite fitting to continue his input until the final round.

"It's a privilege to be involved with the new Open Piano Competition - a unique and ongoing event with an ethos that celebrates the love of piano music whilst acting as a platform for those who wish to pursue it from the heart", said Coady.

"Coady's assistance during the last ten months of preparation for the OPC has been crucial for us. Including testing the pianos and accoustics in several venues and guiding us in this regard, the enthusiasm he has for the competition and what we are trying to achieve, is tangible. We very much hope that he will continue working with the competition as it travels to Italy next year", said Ella Connolly, OPC director.