The 2020 competition is open to pianists studying in the Senior Department of any UK Music College, Academy or Conservatoire.
A cash prize of £500 will be awarded and the winner will be invited to take part in the 2020 Prize Winners Concert, which will take place in the Autumn of 2020.
The Appelbe Piano Prize has been a component of the North London Festival since 2013. It is both a celebration of creativity centered around the piano repertoire, and a platform for talented pianists to exhibit their technical and artistic prowess.
The competition is on Thursday 16th April 2020 at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG and entries must be received by Friday 7th February 2020.
As well as for the performance of a balanced and well-designed programme, the prize will be awarded to the performer with the most refined and developed sense of stagecraft – competitors will find themselves adjudicated not only on the depth of their musicianship but on how they present themselves, introduce their musical programme and generally connect with an audience. The two videos below show performances from the 2019 and 2018 Appelbe Piano Prize Competitions together with interviews with the adjudicators who explain what they are looking for from winning entries.
The Grand Piano chosen and hired by the Festival for these performances is supplied and maintained by Steinway & Sons, London.