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Ji-Hyang Gwak, one of the unlucky entrants eliminated in the first round.

Piano contestants chosen for second round

It’s Day 3 of Stage One of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, and for all HOT correspondent Heidi de Winter’s enthusiasm for the event, she is finding one work which is popular with contestants hard to take. At the end of the day 21 candidates are chosen to advance to Stage Two. Photos by Bob Mazzer.

Joon Yoon

Opening chords are played in piano competition

“If you build it, they will come”. We are not talking about a baseball field in Iowa, but the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition at the White Rock Theatre. They’ve built it, and you should come, says HOT correspondent Heidi de Winter after her first taste of this year’s piano extravaganza. Photos by Bob Mazzer.

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A clear winner

The Epic is finally over and it was very far from a foregone conclusion as to who might win. Few, I think , would have seen Tzu-Yin Huang from Taiwan as the likely winner at the end of the first round, or even after the semi finals,and yet she was chosen by the RPO orchestra as their winner as well as the jury  –  and from my soundings, by many of the audience as well (if they had been here both nights). HOT’s David Pullen sums up the Finals.

The HIPCC jury at the semi-finals

Prokofiev or Tchaikovsky ?

Maybe it’s the two day final, or maybe its all that Prokofiev but there are apparently  seats available for Saturday and you’d be crazy to miss out if you can get down to the White Rock, writes David Pullen. On the Saturday evening Final, it is between Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.

Eric Zuber USA

Hastings Toccata a joyous addition

In a way this is the end of the competition for me as a blogger, except to urge you all to get onto White Rock 462288 and book yourselves in for the finals on Friday and Saturday – there will be some blistering piano playing and a lot of boisterous orchestral playing to enjoy from the RPO, writes David Pullen.

Eric Zuber gives us ‪Beethoven‬ on a damp morning by the sea

Stage 2 The Classic Turn before the Recital “Water jump”

So the first three days showed us how good their memory and technique was, but now the remaining 18 contestants had to show us that they could make a line sing, and produce exquisite airy runs one after another. And of course even we amateurs would be able to spot the errors in the exposed  passage work of Mozart and Beethoven, writes HOT’s David Pullen.

Posted 00:46 Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016 In: Piano Concerto Competition diary
The international jury take a break to tour the new John Bratby retrospective at the #Jerwood Gallery. Seen here with Bratby's portrait of the Australian concert pianist Eileen Joyce.

A chance to see the judges in action

For once, the judges of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition come under the spotlight as they participate in the masterclass for the semi-final contestants at Fairlight Hall this Thursday. What better opportunity could there be for piano teachers, prospective entrants and others generally interested in such competitions to appreciate what goes on in a judge’s mind, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack?

Sergei Prokofiev in New York, 1918

Prokofiev and Richter – what they said and did

The day off has given me time to get my coughing sorted out, apologise and change my mind, writes David Pullen.

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