I’m delighted to announce that I will be a judge at the 2016 Chicago Amateur Piano Competition. It’s an international competition which will be live streamed in August from the 24th – 27th, 2016. I’m one of three judges; my colleagues are Russian pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski
(in the middle on the image below), and American pianist Adam Neiman
, (on the right, below) who is from Chicago.
This competition has already been featured on my blog earlier this year, when committee member Sally Olson wrote a post about her involvement (which you can read here
). In addition to judging the competition, each judge will also be giving master classes afterwards, which should be a lot of fun.
Four days of total immersion in the piano world, an opportunity to meet like-minded souls, and a chance to enjoy the sights of Chicago – the Chicago Amateur Piano Competition promises to be a wonderful experience, so if you’re looking to enter a competition next year, then do consider this one. There is also a registration fee discount if you apply before 1 January 2016. Hope to see you there!
You can find out much more about the competition and entry procedure here:
For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my two-book piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, 49 progressive pieces from approximately Grade 1 – 8 level are featured, with at least two pages of practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.
You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.