The Open Piano Competition announces its first guest judge

Belarusian-born pianist, Zinaida Zubova comes from a rich Russian virtuoso tradition of piano playing. Commencing her professional studies first at Belarus State Conservatoire, Minsk, Zinaida was later invited to study under Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Martin Roscoe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, after being awarded a full scholarship. She has also received training from Peter Donohoe, Ian Fountain, Lars Vogt, Alexander Melnikov, Leon McCawley, Ivan Klansky, Domenique Merlet, Barry Snyder and Edward Auer.

The Open Piano Competition (OPC) is now just under a year away!

Dear all,

The Open Piano Competition (OPC) is now just under a year away, which does seems like a long time, but the work to be done to ensure a successful event has already started earlier in the summer with the launch of our website, which not only outlines the competition entry terms but also serves as the focal point from which all prospective competitors will be informed of the competition’s developments.

Message from the Directors

 

Welcome to the Open Piano Competition

London, 1st to 6th October, 2012.

The Open Piano Competition provides pianists of varying levels of ability (not solely professional nor solely amateur) an opportunity to meet like-minded pianists, compete against others within their category of ability and, finally, showcase their talents in front of a live audience. In this live final round, all levels will be judged against each other with selected pianists being awarded a range of monetary and special prizes. Concert pianists, music or performance graduates, promising amateurs and late beginners are all encouraged to apply.

Applicants' audio recordings will be listened to by the jury who will, based on the pianistic ability displayed in the recording and the information provided in the Application Questionnaire, allocate them to one of three categories. Applicants will then choose their repertoire from these categories for subsequent rounds. Judges will at all times take into consideration the Applicants' Application Questionnaire and Applicants' relative level of skill.

The Open Piano Competition is a goal towards which pianists can aim. You may want to practice your performance skills in a concert environment, improve your examination repertoire or perhaps just show-off your hidden talent to friends, family and colleagues.

Applications for the Open Piano Competition, London, 2012, are now open. Click here to apply.

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