Ji Liu has won the first prize of £3000 at the finals of the prestigious Robert William and Florence Amy Brant International Pianoforte Competition, held at Town Hall on 3 July. At 20 years and 5 months he is the competition?s youngest ever winner and beat fellow competitors Alexander Soares and Polina Bogdanova who were awarded second and third prize respectively and took home £2000 and £1000. Ji played a varied programme of music by Chopin, Schumann and Gulda.
Born in China in 1990 and now studying in the UK, Ji Liu made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 13 and his Wigmore Hall debut earlier this year. In 2011, he gives his first performance at London?s Royal Festival Hall.
The competition was adjudicated by Paul Keene (Director of Programming and Projects, THSH), Andrew Ball (Pianist and Professor at the Royal College of Music) and William Fong (Pianist and Head of Keyboard at the Purcell School).