Welcome to the Festival 2022!

After two long years, we are finally back and I am delighted to announce that the next Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall will take place on 6 April 2022.

Memories of your performance at the Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival on the world-famous stage will stay with you forever. It will build your confidence, character and self-esteem and one day, when you are older, you will be telling your own children: 

“When I was your age, I played the piano at the Royal Albert Hall.” 

Elena Cobb

Video auditions

23 October - 23 November 2021

For the audition we require a video of one free choice piano piece recorded by you during last year.


1 December 2021

Successful candidates will be notified via email starting from 1 December 2021.

Brand new format

The Festival will run one day with a brand new format:

  • 09:00 Concert with the Jazz Band
  • 12:30 Solo Classical Contemporary Concert

These are two separate events and young pianists will be able to choose in which one they would want to perform: 

Awards ceremony

As always, all pianists and their teachers will receive our memorable Certificates of Participation.


Professional video recording will be made during the events.


Concert with the Jazz Band

Perform with the professional band


That's right! The recital will include Jazz, Blues and Rock-n-Roll pieces by EVC composers that are currently available with play-along tracks.

Rehearsals will take place on 5 April at Peregrine Pianos. Time to be confirmed.

apply now!


Contemporary Classical music

Solo performances 


A unique opportunity for the pianists to play works by EVC composers as well as pieces by contemporary  composers selected especially for this event.

Practice sessions on 5 April can be booked at the Peregrine Pianos, London.

Apply now!

About festival

In recent years the Russian-born pianist, teacher, composer, entrepreneur and educator extraordinaire Elena Cobb has made a huge international impact on young pianists. Her name and her extraordinary festival at London’s Royal Albert Hall have attracted considerable attention – and with good reason! Cobb is in the business of allowing young pianists the confidence and energy to fly, to express their enthusiasm and desire to communicate.

Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall is a unique event with performance opportunities for young pianists from around the world. It was first introduced in 2014 when Elena Cobb began working with the UK and overseas music festivals. Today, many of them cherish the opportunity to perform at the annual Elena Cobb Star Prize at the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room on the red piano that used to belong to Sir Elton John himself!