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Brant competition finalists announced

Jun Ishimura, Edward Pick and Kodo Osada have been selected from 22 entrants to play in the Finals of the Robert William & Florence Amy Brant Internatonal Pianoforte Competition at Town Hall on Saturday 12 July, 7pm.

Jun Ishimura (b 1988, Japan)

Resident in LONDON

JS Bach Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Book 2 3?
Chopin Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor 23?
Ravel La Valse 12?

Edward Pick (b 1984, Great Britain)

Resident in LODDINGTON

Haydn Sonata in D, Hob XVI:37 12?
Debussy Images Book 2 13?
Lutoslawski Two Studies 8?

Kodo Osada (b 1983, Great Britain)

Resident in LONDON

Beethoven Bagatelles, Op 126 16?
Albeniz Triana 5?
Prokofiev Sonata No 7, Op 83 19?

With a first prize of £3000 at stake, the three young pianists will battle it out in the final stage of the Robert William & Florence Amy Brant International Pianoforte Competition at Town Hall Birmingham on Saturday 12 July (7pm). Whittled down from an initial 22 competitors, the three finalists will each perform a 40-minute recital of their own choice of works by three different composers.

One of the region?s most prestigious music competitions, the Robert William & Florence Amy Brant International Pianoforte Competition is now in its 29th year and has produced former winners including renowned pianists Mark Bebbington (one of this year?s judges) and Roger Owens.

Following a gruelling selection process over the previous weekend (at CBSO Centre), the three finalists were chosen from the 22 entrants by a distinguished jury comprising Andrew Ball FRCM (pianist and Professor at the Royal College of Music), former winner Mark Bebbington (pianist) and Paul Keene (Director of Programming and Projects, Town Hall and Symphony Hall).

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