The 70th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival

Returning from my latest trip to Asia this week, I reflected on another thoroughly enjoyable sojourn to my favourite part of the world. I visited Asia twice last year and have a further trip planned later in 2018. There are so many wonderful facets to my visit that it can be hard to put into…

The Chicago Amateur Piano Competition

Love them or loathe them, piano competitions are more popular than ever before and there are no shortage of entrants, irrespective of standard or ability. And subjective as they are, piano contests can fire the imagination, motivating players to reach new heights in their quest for keyboard perfection. For a professional pianist a competition has…

So You Want To Organize A Piano Competition? Part II

Amateur pianist and competition planner, Sally Olson, lives in Chicago (US) and is on the committee of the Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2016. This competition, which began in 2010, is steadily growing in popularity, with entrants hailing from many countries (the 2014 winner came from Glasgow). Few realise the tremendous amount of planning, fund-raising and…

Judging the Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2016

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…

From the Adjudicator’s Chair

This week several of my readers have contacted me asking whether I could write a blog post on the subject of what adjudicators or jury members are looking for in a competition performance (I’m always pleased to hear from anyone with blog post ideas). It’s wonderful that so many of you are preparing for amateur piano…