Young musicians set for Final of 2014 Brant International Piano Competition

Three young pianists will battle it out for a first prize of £3000 and the chance to perform a series of high-profile recitals, in the final stage of the 2014 Brant International Piano Competition at Town Hall Birmingham on Saturday 5 July (7pm). In addition to the first prize, this year’s competition also sees the introduction of an audience prize, which will award £500 to the public’s favourite competitor.

From a series of preliminary rounds at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, King Edwards School Edgbaston (Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June), the three finalists will be chosen by a distinguished jury comprising Norma Fisher FRNCM (pianist and Professor at the Royal College of Music), Di Xiao (pianist and Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire) and Richard Hawley (Director of Artistic Programming and Projects, Town Hall and Symphony Hall). Pianist John York will join the panel for the competition’s final to help decide the overall winner.

Founded in 1979, and open to all UK-based pianists between the ages of 18 and 28, the Brant International Piano Competition is one of the West Midlands’ most prestigious music competitions, and a stepping stone to professional success. The 2012 winner, Ashley Fripp, will undertake a tour of Europe’s great concert halls with cellist Michael Petrov later this year, as one of the European Concert Hall Organisation’sRising Stars for 2014/15 – including a recital at Town Hall on Monday 13th April 2015 (6pm). Alexander Panfilov, who took home the 2013 prize, meanwhile, will give his Prize-winner’s Recital at Town Hall on Wednesday 25th February 2015 as part of the Birmingham International Concert Season.

Judge Di Xiao, who won the Brant competition herself in 2007, and went on to be nominated as a 2008/09 ECHO Rising Star, said:

I feel honoured to be on the jury of the 2014 Brant International Competition, as I have no doubt that winning the competition back in 2007 has been a springboard to my career. Britain is bursting with creativity, and during this year’s final audiences will get to see some of the sparkling young talent that the country has to offer.

The 2014 Brant International Piano Competition Final takes place on Saturday 5 July, 7pm, at Town Hall Birmingham. Tickets for all events can be purchased from 0121 780 3333 or online



Saturday 5 July, 7pm, Town Hall Birmingham
£9.50 – £20*

Wednesday 25 February 2015, 7.30pm, Town Hall Birmingham

Monday 13 April 2015, 6pm, Town Hall Birmingham

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*A £3 fee per transaction will be charged on all bookings, except purchases made in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office. A further charge of £1 will be applied for postage if required.
The Brant International Piano Competition was founded in 1979 by Miss Gladys Lily Brant in memory of her parents, Robert William and Florence Amy Brant. The competition is open to pianists of any nationality who are both resident in Great Britain and aged between 18 and 28 on Friday 23 May 2014. Following preliminary rounds, three finalists will each perform a 40-minute recital of their own choice of works by three different composers at Town Hall on Saturday 5 July. In addition to a First Prize of £3,000 the winner will be offered a number of recital engagements, including performances at Town Hall Birmingham and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham. Second and Third place finalists will be awarded £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of around 800 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

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Issued Friday 20 June 2014

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