Scottish International Piano Competition

Scottish International Piano Competition
Glasgow - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
1st – 10th September 2017

Held under the auspices of the World Federation of International Music Competitions, SIPC, whose last edition was held in Glasgow from September 1st to 10th 2017, is one of only two major international piano competitions in the UK, and the only one taking place in Scotland.
Since launching in 1986, the competition has enabled many talented young musicians to gain recognition at an early stage in their professional careers, many of whom have gone on to international acclaim including Tom Poster (2007), Katya Apekisheva (1998), Charles Owen (1995), Susan Tomes (second prize 1986) and Graeme McNaught (first ever winner 1986).
Held as a triennial event, the Scottish International Piano Competition this year welcomed 23 competitors from 15 countries across 3 continents. The panel of 8 jurors included internationally acclaimed pianists Steven Osborne and Olga Kern and was chaired by Head of Keyboard at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Aaron Shorr.
Early stages and the semi-finals were held at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, while the final took place at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Turkish pianist Can Çakmuris the 11th winner of the competition. The 20-year-old receives £10,000, the Sir Alexander Stone Memorial Trophy and the Frederic Lamond gold medal, and will perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in its 2018/19 season.
Born in 1997 in Ankara, Çakmur studied with Grigory Gruzman at the Hochschule für Music Franz Liszt Weimar and with Diane Andersen in Belgium. He has won a number of international competitions and awards – including third prize and Bartók prize at the 2014 Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists Weimar – and has appeared in major festivals throughout his native Turkey and performed as soloist throughout Europe.
Second prize went to Florian Mitrea (Romania), who also won Best Performance of Gordon McPherson’s The Pounding Room, a new work commissioned as the test piece for this year’s competition, while Luka Okros (Georgia) was awarded the third prize.

All three finalists chose to perform their final piano concerto on Fazioli, accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, under the baton of Thomas Søndergård, at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 10 September.
The concert, dedicated to the memory of Lady Marion Fraser, was recorded by SIPC media partner Classic FM for a Full Works concert to be broadcast at 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 19 September 2017.

Videos of the performances held on Fazioli can be watched here.


Fazioli Pianoforti s.p.a.  /  C.F. e P. IVA: IT 00425600939

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