This is the Festival’s top competition and is one of the most prestigious competitions within the festival movement. It was established in 1985 and is named after Emanuel Cedar (1916-2000) who entered the North London Music Festival piano competitions as a young pianist, became a Festival Council Member in 1960 and Festival Chairman in 1975.
The 2019 competition is open to the winner of the top senior piano award at any Music Festival held between 1 January and 31 December 2018. If the top prize-winner has already been entered to represent another Festival then the Secretary should, if possible, enter the next best pianist. The competition is for a Challenge Trophy and a cash prize of £500. If there are four contestants or more, the Trophy will be awarded to the winner to be retained for one year. If there are six contestants or more, the winner will receive, in addition, a cash prize of £500 and the runner up £100. The winner will also be invited to take part in the 2020 President’s Prize Competition, which will take place in the Autumn of 2019.
The Competition is on Saturday 27th April 2019 at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG. Entries must be received by Friday 11th January 2019.
The Grand Piano chosen and hired by the Festival for these performances is supplied and maintained by Steinway & Sons, London.