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Winner of 2014 Brant International Piano Competition announced

Oliver She has been named as the winner of the 2014 Brant International Piano Competition, following a challenging final which also saw young pianists Samson Tsoy (2nd place) and Dominic Degavino (3rd place) compete for the prestigious prize.

Australia-born She, who is currently studying for a Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, was selected as this year’s winner by a distinguished jury comprising Norma Fisher FRNCM, Di Xiao, John York and Richard Hawley, following the competition’s Final at Town Hall Birmingham on Saturday 5 July.

Each of the three finalists gave a 40 minute recital of repertoire of their choice before the winner was announced. The first prize includes a number of recital opportunities – including one at Town Hall Birmingham – along with £3000, whilst second and third placed competitors receive £2000 and £1000 respectively. As well as the main prizes, this year saw the introduction of an Audience Prize, worth £500, which was awarded to Dominic Degavino.

The full programme of the 2014 Brant International Piano Competition Final was as follows…

Samson Tsoy LONDON (b.1988, Russia-Korea)

Rameau La Villageoise L’Egyptienne
Scriabin Feuillet d’Album Op 45 No 1
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Oliver She MANCHESTER (b.1991, Australia)

Debussy Les Collines d’Anacapri from Preludes, bk I:5
Liszt Rhapsodie Espagnole
Rachmaninov Sonata No 2 in B flat min, Op 36 (revised version form 1931)

Dominic Degavino DERBY (b.1995, Britain)

Haydn Sonata in B min, Hob. XVI: 32
Berg Sonata, Op 1
Tippett Piano Sonata No 2

For more information about the 2014 Brant International Piano Competition, read our press release and a blog post from jury member, and past winner, Di Xiao.