Dr Leslie J Howard, AM, joins OPC as jury chairperson

Dear competitors and OPC followers,

 

Our long awaited news at last being announced is that Australian pianist and composer Dr Leslie J Howard, AM, is joining the OPC's panel of judges for the final night as chair of the jury.

Our team of adjudicators and artistic directors is honoured, thrilled and inspired to be able to work alongside Dr Howard in this new event. We, the directors, are incredibly pleased that such an esteemed concert pianist of truly international standing has come on board to support the OPC in its first edition. We feel that Dr Howard's involvement represents the endorsement we need, as a new competition, to be acknowledged among today's international piano competitions.

You will all know that Dr Howard is best known for his complete solo piano recordings of Liszt; let this be a hint for upcoming announcements confirming one of our special prizes!

Please read more about Dr Howard below, or by visiting his website http://www.leslie-howard.com/index2.html

"Leslie Howard has appeared internationally with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, English Northern Philharmonia, RTE National Symphony of Dublin, Hanover Band, Utah Symphony, Utah Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, Mexico Philharmonic, Orchestra della Scala, RAI Toscana, San Remo Symphony, Orchestre de Cannes, Budapest Phiharmonic, Budapest Symphony, the orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland and Tasmania in Australia, and the orchestras of Pretoria, Cape Town and Zimbabwe in Africa. He has been soloist with such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado, Adam Fischer, Roy Goodman, James Judd, Joseph Silverstein, Barry Tuckwell, Sir Charles Groves, Vernon Handley, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Elyakum Shapirra, Jansug Kakhidze, Arthur Fiedler, Fritz Rieger, Alexander Lazarev, Hiroyuki Iwaki, and Sir Charles Mackerras.

Dr. Howard’s performances of chamber music and lieder include collaborations with some of the greatest artists of our time, including the Amadeus, Britten and Endellion String Quartets, Salvatore Accardo, Augustin Dumay, Erick Friedman, Ani Kavafian, Benny Goodman, Charles Neidich, Steven Isserlis, Nathaniel Rosen, Torlief Thedeen, Geoffrey Parsons, Sir Thomas Allen, Yvonne Kenny and Dame Felicity Lott. He has been a featured artist at many international music festivals, including the American festivals of Santa Fe, Newport, La Jolla, Palm Beach and Seattle, and at such European festivals as Brescia-Bergamo, Como, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Bath, Camden, Cheltenham, Warwick and Wexford.

Dr. Howard’s discography includes many important world premiere recordings, such as the four piano sonatas of Anton Rubinstein, the 2nd and 3rd piano sonatas of Tchaikovsky, a 2-disc survey of Glazunov’s piano music, and a 3-disc collection of Percy Grainger’s piano works. Also notable is the highly acclaimed disc entitled “Rare Piano Encores”, a Stravinsky disc with Abbado and the London Symphony, a disc of Scandinavian piano sonatas (Sibelius, Gade, Palmgren & Grieg), and the Granados Goyescas. Most prominent amongst his 97-CD Liszt survey is the first complete recording of all 17 works for piano and orchestra, including Dr. Howard’s reconstructions of the 3rd Piano Concerto, De Profundis, and Concerto pathétique. Dr. Howard’s recordings appear on the Hyperion, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Nimbus, Cala, Pearl, ABC Eloquence, Musical Heritage Society and Merlin labels."