This 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 classes 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 class 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.
The proposed dates for piano competitions are; 25th and 27th April, 2nd , 6th , 10th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd and 24th May 2019 and the closing date for piano entries is Monday 11th February 2019.
We cannot accept entries for the following piano classes on Monday 6th May – Appelbe Piano Prize Competition, A01 – Premier Challenge Competiton, A02 -Rectial, A08 – Beethoven, A09 – Chopin/Liszt, A22 – European Music. If you try to enter for one of these, your entry will not be accepted and your entry fee will not be refunded.
We may accept late entries for other classes, but please contact the relevant section head before applying.
Piano competitions will be held at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG
Prizes and Certificates
There are cash prizes and trophies to be competed for in the Premier Challenge Cup (£75 and a cup), Recital Class (£75 and a cup first prize; £50 second prize), Concerto Class (£50) among others. In other classes 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.