OPC 2012 gets off to a great start in London's Steinway Hall

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The Open Piano Competition got off to a successful start with the first half of the entrants crowding the Steinway Hall show room in Marylebone lane in central London. Competitors started arriving from 10am and after checking in at the newly established OPC desk they were all whisked off to the stunning Steinway Hall of Fame where photos of some of the most famous pianists in the world of past and present grace the walls and surely provided source of inspiration to those about to perform. 

One by one, each of the 15 competitors was allotted a brief warm-up session in the basement practice room before performing on a Steinway Concert Grand Piano Model D in front of OPC Artistic Directors Coady Green, Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras and Marianna Prjevalskya who form the jury for rounds one and two of the competitition. 

The panel was tight-lipped as to who may be favourite to go through to the next round as tomorrow a second group of competitors will perform again at Steinway Hall but even from behind the glass doors it was clear that the competition can count on some very strong candidates to delight the public, which will be allowed to attend starting from round two on 4th and 5th of October in St Olave's Church and the final on the 8th of October in Grosvenor Chapel. Check our website www.openpianocompetition.com for more details and visit our Facebook page for a gallery of photos from day one


For a brief video of day one please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT_Zpr2PYbQ&feature=youtu.be