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!
Festival programme 2020 will include piano works by the contemporary composers Hindemith, Liebermann, Kapustin, Bolcom, Rosenblatt, Gavrilin, Norton, and EVC Music composers chosen by the performers.
In addition to the programme, audience will enjoy solo recitals by the young pianists who have achieved considerable acclaim in their careers: Miyu Shindo, a quarterfinalist of the Cliburn Junior competition 2019 and British virtuoso pianist George Harliono.