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Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2016

PUBLISHED: 15:04 18 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:04 18 June 2015

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Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, already one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the UK, is today announcing further exciting and ambitious plans for expansion.

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Next year’s competition will for the first time culminate in a two day final, with six finalists competing for the coveted first prize rather than the three finalists that there have been in the past. This means that the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will now perform for two consecutive nights at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings.

“This is a very exciting development for the competition and allows us to showcase an even greater number of young talents from around the world,” said Frank Wibaut, Artistic Director of the Competition and Chairman of the International Jury. “It doubles the opportunity for contestants to play with a first-class orchestra.”

Up to 48 contestants will be invited to come to Hastings to play excerpts from their chosen concerto in front of an increased international jury. 24 will go forward to Stage 2, when they will play a movement of both a Beethoven and a Mozart concerto. 12 will then play a programme of their own choice in the semi-final, with six being chosen for the new two-day final. This means more contestants will have the chance to progress into the later stages of the competition.

There will also be changes to the way contestants are selected to come to Hastings. “In addition to contestants applying via video recording as they have done before, for next year we will be running live auditions in four centres in UK, Germany, Japan and North America,” says Professor Wibaut. “This will significantly improve awareness of the competition. We are already attracting young concert pianists from over 30 different countries to the competition. With the addition of the live auditions we hope we can attract even more of the best young pianists from around the world.”

There are also plans to commission a compulsory new work. Next year all successful entrants will be required to stay in Hastings for the duration of the competition and there will be a bigger International Jury.

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Next year’s dates are:

• Stage 1 - Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February

• Stage 2 - Monday 29 February - Tuesday 1 March

• Semi-final - Wednesday 2 March

• Masterclass - Thursday 3 March

• Final - Friday 4 – Saturday 5 March

All stages will take place at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings.

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The winner of this year’s competition; Alexander Panfilov, will be giving a summer recital in the Recital Room at Fairlight Hall, just outside Hastings, on Sunday 5th July 2015 at 5pm. The programme will include Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Mussorgsky. For tickets and further information please go to www.hastingsconcertocompetition.co.uk.

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