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Jason Simon USA

The dragons come home to roost

The Axe has fallen and 21 of the 39 competitors are out. I felt that the Jury Chairman, Frank Wibaut, handled it extremely well, and  am confident that none of them felt failures as a result of this rather brutal end, particularly when so many of them had come from America and Asia. And of course none of them were failures, writes HOT’s David Pullen.

From Day one

Wrestling with Dragons

Day two, and this time I did avoid the morning session and as there were two cancellations I only had a measly 7 concertos to look forward to! It was still very good value,writes HOT’s David Pullen

Daria Goremykina Russia

First impressions on Day One

Well folks, I certainly felt that I was taking on a challenge agreeing to go to the Piano Competition. Back to back piano concertos, with the orchestra part played on another piano? I thought there were nine in the day – but there were thirteen! – writes HOT’s David Pullen.

A 2015 stage one competitor

Music? Judge for yourself

Are you in a book group? How about a music group? HOT’s brave new music reporter, David Pullen, has been invited by the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition to write a blog about this wonderful competition that kicks off next Thursday, 25 February. Contribute to David’s blog by joining him at Stage One in a little discussion of your experiences.

HIPCC Finals Saturday 7 March 2015 Winner, Alexander Panfilov (Russia) Photographs 2015 (c) John Cole

Panfilov triumphs in piano concerto finale

The 11th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition was won in fine style at the White Rock Theatre last Saturday by Russian-born pianist Alexander Panfilov, with a bravura performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3.

HIPCC5 March 2015Semi-Finals Garam Cho (through to the Finals) Photographs 2015 (c) John Cole

Semi-final recitals at piano competition

Sandra Goodsell, festival director at Hastings International Composers’ Festival, says there will be three amazing finalists going through to the final of the International Piano Concerto Competition. The programme will be Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt –  it will be a great evening!

Posted 22:26 Friday, Mar 6, 2015 In: Piano Concerto Competition diary Tags: , ,
The Semi-finalists

4 March – Stage Two 2015 Piano Concerto Competition

Stage Two at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, a short film, made by Oscar Nominated Director Mike Figgis, from the 2015 Competition. Stage 2 took place on Wednesday 4 March, and is a Beethoven and Mozart stage. The Semi-final recitals of own choice repertoire take place on Thursday 5 March at 5pm. 

Posted 16:12 Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 In: Piano Concerto Competition diary Tags: , ,
HIPCC 2 March 2015 Stage 1, third day Tyler Hay (UK) 2015 (c) John Cole

2 March – 2015 Piano Concerto Competion Stage 2 chosen

Stage 2 takes place on Wednesday 4th March, and is a Beethoven and Mozart stage. Tyler Hay has made it through from stage one!

Posted 14:50 Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 In: Piano Concerto Competition diary Tags: , ,
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