OPC gets ready to welcome 40 pianists from around the world

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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. 

It is not only the range of nationalities that will be represented that is notable; the age of the competitiors ranges from 18 up to 76 years old. Janet Murray, the competition's eldest pianist, embodies the ethos of the event: "For twenty-five years, even while running a real estate office, a voice inside of me kept repeating "What you really want to be doing is music"! With the family grown and the financial and emotional responsibilities completed, returning to the piano and now having this opportunity to become a concert pianist is having my dream come true." 

The competition's three voluntary Artistic Directors and judges of the first two rounds, Marianna Prjevalskaya, Coady Green and Tamara Gabeiras, have their work cut out for them. From first-year conservatoire students to seasoned performers to talented pianists whose professional life is far-removed from the piano, they will be judging a wide variety of performances. 

Steinway Hall in Marylebone will host the first round whilst St. Olave's Church in Hart Street will host the semi-finals over 4th and 5th October. Admission to the semi finals is free, so please come along.

The Open Piano Competition will come to a head on Monday 8th October, in Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, where the finalists will each perform a recital of music of their own choice. Leslie Howard will chair a guest jury made up of Ashley Fripp, Yuki Negishi, Clara Rodriguez, Zina Zubova and Artistic Director, Marianna Prjevalskaya, before awarding over £5,000 of cash prizes up for grabs by the top performers on the night.

See www.openpianocompetition.com for details of the free admission all day semi-final rounds on the 4th and 5th October in St Olave's Church and to purchase tickets for the final on the 8th in Grosvenor Chapel (doors open 5:15pm).