OPC free lunchtime recitals in the City of London on the 4th and 5th of October

The Open Piano Competition's first round is due to take place in London in under a week, on 1st and 2nd of October in Steinway Hall in Marylebone. The international pianists entered in the competition will have the challenging task of convincing the jury they should be chosen to get through to the next round. 

Whilst the opening round of performances takes place behind closed doors, the second round of the competition will be held on 4th and 5th of October in St. Olave's church in the heart of the City of London and is open to the public and the admission is free.

"Sound Control" to carry out professional audio recording of finalists' performances

Founded in 1975 by John and Alexandra Connolly, Sound Control is an electronics engineering company specialising in professional audio and lighting equipment installation, based in Hillsborough, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

Undertaking design and installation of many facilities including recording studios, audio visual installations, multimedia exhibition displays, PA systems and theatre lighting, for many types of buildings including public buildings, churches, museums, sports arenas, and schools, Sound Control has more than 30 years worth of build and servicing experience specialising in quality repair and restoration of professional audio equipment by manufacturers such as Klark-Teknik, Neumann, AKG, Telefunken, Scheops, Calrec,  Fairchild, Universal Audio, UREI, API, RCA, Drawmer, Audix, Soundcraft, Tascam, Allen & Heath, Midas, Yamaha and many others.

Their expertise includes mixing consoles of any format and size, power amplifiers, recording equipment, processing and effects equipment, instrument amps, loudspeakers and microphones.

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

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".

OPC finalists to perform on FAZIOLI Grand Piano

September 19th, 2012

Competitors in the London 2012 Open Piano Competition will be thrilled to know that a FAZIOLI Grand Piano 212 will be brought into Grosvenor Chapel for the final night of performances. FAZIOLI Pianos are often described as the Ferraris of pianos, among the best in the world: limited edition, hand made, Italian pianos built with the highest quality of workmanship.

OPC winner to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

Wednesday, 12th September

Exciting developments at the Open Piano Competition: we are delighted to announce that the winner of the OPC will have his or her winning performance broadcast on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune" on 9th October.

"The prospect of gaining such exposure on In Tune, BBC Radio 3's classical music programme dedicated to broadcasting live interviews, recordings and performances from the world of music and the arts, is a fantastic opportunity which I am sure our competitors will now be practising hard to secure!" commented Marco Nannini, OPC director.

International Piano magazine supports the Open Piano Competition

6th September

The Open Piano Competition (OPC) is very pleased to announce that International Piano magazine will be supporting the competition's first edition. The OPC, which will take place in London between 1st and 8th October this year, will see pianists from over 15 nationalities competing. International Piano is a magazine written for pianists and piano-music lovers; its bi-monthly issues include interviews with top pianists, music reviews and festival and competition updates from around the world.

OPC gets ready to welcome 40 pianists from around the world

Preparations are in full swing for the first round of the Open Piano Competition (OPC) which will be held in London from 1st to 8th of October this year. The OPC is a new international piano competition which has no upper age limit and welcomes talented pianists from around the world.

The event organisers are very pleased with the interest the competition has attracted so far: over 250 pianists registered their interest in participating in the OPC. Forty successful entrants representing nineteen different nationalities have been selected to compete in London. 

Esteban Benzecry offers challenging piece for performance in OPC

Argentinean composer Esteban Benzecry will join the OPC by adding his tumultuous and dramatic "Toccata Newen" to the candidates' choice of contemporary repertoire. This piece is available for current and future editions of the OPC.

To hear a recording of the Toccata Newen please visit this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW4jsUnvK6A 

Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair will host the final round of the first Open Piano Competition on 8th October

The venue for the final night of the first Open Piano Competition will take place in Grosvenor Chapel, right in the heart of London's Mayfair.
 
The interior of the Chapel has recently undergone a full restoration and boasts a stunning white finish, in contrast to its brick exterior. Grosvenor Chapel, like St. Olave's church, has a rich and longstanding classical concert series such that the OPC will fit in perfectly with its calendar of events for the year.
 

St. Olave's Church, City of London - venue for OPC Round 2

We are very happy to let you know that Round 2 of the OPC will be held in St. Olave's Church on the 4th and 5th of October. 

For those of you who are not familiar with the City of London and the ubiquitous classical concerts and recitals held in its stunning churches, St. Olave's has a busy concert series throughout the year and we were very lucky to be able to secure this beautiful venue. St. Olave's is a 14th Century gem located very close to the Tower of London, on Hart Street, and is one of only a few medieval churches that existed prior to the Great Fire of London in 1666.

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