Interviews with the Artistic Directors following round one

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Two days of performances have demanded that the artistic Directors Coady Green, Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras and Marianna Prjevalskaja listen to a range of performances by competitors in the first round of the Open Piano Competition.

Repertoire for the first round required the competitors to demonstrate their technical expertise by playing an etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov or Scriabin, their interpretation of baroque works by Soler, Scarlatti, or Bach, and their ability to tackle a fast movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven.

Fifteen successful candidates will proceed to round two of the competition which will be held on 4th and 5th of October in St Olave's church between 1pm and 6pm then between 1pm and 4pm respectively. Admission is free.

Amateurs and professionals, young and more mature pianists have had the opportunity to play together in the same competition and it is clearly emerging that the boundaries that define talent are far less clear than those of age and background providing for a very interesting mix of performances. 

You can watch a summary of the interviews to the Artistic Directors at this link: http://youtu.be/YrKCxWRi_Z0