The piano section provides opportunities for everyone from the beginner to the post graduate music student and caters for the talented youngster as well as the adult novice or the skilled performer.
Different genres, periods and national schools of piano playing are covered. Some competitions are devoted to the performance of particular composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt, while others leave the choice of work entirely to the performer, but if you cannot find a competition that seems exactly what you want, please get in touch and we will see how we can best accommodate you.
In addition to solo classes, there are also opportunities for piano duets. This year the numbering of classes is different from last year, so please check the description of the class you are entering.
Piano competitions will be held on 20th, 28th and 30th April and 4th, 5th, 8th, 11th and 14th May 2020. All Piano competitions will be held at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG. The closing date for piano entries will be Sunday 1st March 2020.
Prizes and Certificates
There are cash prizes and trophies to be competed for in the Premier Challenge Cup (£75 and a cup), Recital Competition (£75 and a cup first prize; £50 second prize) and Concerto Competition (£50) among others. In other competitions there are gold, silver and bronze medals to be won, and every competitor will receive a written adjudication sheet and certificate of participation. Cups will be awarded to the most talented pianists under 16 and under 8 years of age and to the most outstanding piano duet.
The Grand Piano chosen and hired by the Festival for these performances is supplied and maintained by Steinway & Sons, London.
To see videos of performances from the 2019 Emanuel Trophy Piano Competition and the 2019 and 2018 Appelbe Piano Prize Competitions, click the ‘read more’ link below.
The 2020 Emanuel Trophy Piano Competition will be on Saturday 18th April and the 2020 Appelbe Piano Prize Competition on Thursday 16th April. To find out about these competitions, please see the separate web pages devoted to them.
The video below shows performances from the 2019 Emanuel Trophy Piano Competition.
The two videos below show performances from the 2019 and 2018 Appelbe Piano Prize Competitions.