Dear friends,

Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival 2020 is postponed till Autumn 2021. Stay tuned for the date announcement and thank you for your continuous support.

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

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! 

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.

Day one of the Festival

08.00 Arrive, collect tickets at the Box Office and warm up 
09.30 Concert Part One
10.30 Interval
10.45 Concert Part Two
11.45 Interval
12.15 Masterclass with MURRAY MACLACHLAN, UK
13.00 Interval
13.15 Solo Recital MIYU SHINDO, Japan
13.45 Solo Recital GEORGE HARLIONO, UK
14.15 Award Ceremony


Concert programme will feature works by Hindemith, Liebermann, Kapustin, Bolcom, Rosenblatt, Gavrilin, Marc-André Hamelin and EVC Music composers.


Recital programme draft

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1Evan BrookeSpinning SkyAleksandra VilcinskaJacob BritzUK1.511
2Leon YePolka ButterflyElena CobbHanlie MartensUK0.59
3Jasmine SuttonPolka ButterflyElena CobbJena PangUK0.56
4Ethan NgMelrose AbbeyDonald ThomsonJena PangUK1.510
5Marie Fischkin / Anastasia Paul DUETThe TypewriterKhromushinElena TolstykhAustria1.512
6Valentin HirschCloud SevenElena CobbRita KroiterAustria2.511
7Henry ManMirrorsElena CobbJena PangUK2.2514
8Amir PedersoliPrelude Nr 6 Tribute to Roberto Garcia MorilloAlberto GinasteraJena PangSwitzerland1.2512
9Daniel ChoiNocturne EbDennis AlexanderTatyana BayliyevaUSA1.758
10Sean ChoiTarantellaElena CobbTatyana BayliyevaUSA211
11Micah YoungSix Preludes About TimeMark GoddardAda ShebanovaUSA5.514
12Arthur YehNew York NightsPhilip MartinAda ShebanovaUSA1.514
13Ian SunBroadway Boogie WoogiePhilip MartinAda ShebanovaUSA1.7514
14Lillian ShevitzDébutante Grande ValsePhilip MartinTatyana BayliyevaUSA515
15Andrew LeeBabylonElena CobbSvetlana SoleimaniUSA210
16Idan and Michelle Struzh DUETIn carriage along the Nevsky prospectSapozhnikovTania KozlovaIsrael312 / 13
17Eden MiroshnikStar DustElena CobbNadya FridkovskyIsrael2.513
18Ben PolonskyMorisot, Prelude Nr 3Graham LynchTania KozlovaIsrael2.514
19Yair YonahHummingbirdAndrew HigginsTania KozlovaIsrael2.2513
20Emmanuelle StruzhElephant DanceJacub MetelkaTania KozlovaIsrael29
21Lia Ein-GalEtude No 1 Rotation in blueAlexander RosenblattTania KozlovaIsrael312
22Nadav Ein-GalThe Serpent’s Kiss, The Garden of Eden
William BolcomTania KozlovaIsrael513
23Eithan KemelmakherMotive ForceNikolai KapustinTania KozlovaIsrael213
24Andrei FilonovGargoyles, part IIILowell LiebermannNatalia ZhdanovaRussia2.513
25Jessica HowardOnce Upon A Frozen WinterHeather HammondMaria KesiakUK1.514
26Jurand DlugoleckiSleep DancingAlexandra VilcinskaMaria KesiakUK1.512
27Laura Kesiak / Julian ZhuAt the Drop of a HatWedgwoodsMaria Kesiak, Marta KarbownickaUK2.258
28Rose MacLachlanBroadway Boogie WoogiePhilip MartinDina ParakhinaUK1.7513
29Matthew MacLachlanO’Keeffe BluesPhilip MartinDina ParakhinaUK2.2515
30Annika Elisabeth Jäger / Maria Gein DUETCarefree in RioSam WedgwoodIrina WoronowGermany26 / 8
31Arthur Dorian AndersonSt Mary’s LochDonald ThomsonAlla LevitUK2.510
32Alexander Socrates AbdersonMonet, Prelude no.4Graham LynchAlla LevitUK3.2514
33Riccardo SantoleriThursday Vol2Paul BirchallMurray MacLachlanUK2.511
34Matthew HatchetThe Kelpies’ JigDonald ThomsonDonna ReedUSA211
35Aliena Emmi KurtenackerThe Kelpie’s JigDonald ThomsonLudmila KarmanovaGermany2FORM
36Emilia MatejaLavender HazeElena CobbMaggie GeorgeUK210
37Vladimir IvanovEtudes 6, 8 op 40Nikolai KapustinTatyana ShklovskayaRussia5FORM
38Desmond NgArabia Étude-TableauElena CobbVivian Fang liuUSA3.515
39Theresa & Tiffany Yung DUETMrs Van Der BlondElena CobbVivian Fang liuUSA2.2513 / 13
40Alanna CrouchWaltzAlanna CrouchChristine CrowshawUK213
41Chengfei ZhangTango LeoneElena CobbNancy FoleyUSA311
42Evelina BillaudThe Cheshire CatNikki IlesKathryn HeathcoteUK0.7510
43Marcus YeungTroubled Water,Margaret BondsSueanne Shimabuku MetzUSA213
44Adrian GonzalezCat and MouseAaraonCoplandSueanne Shimabuku MetzUSA3.259
45Kaito MionBuzzing BeeMark NevinSueanne Shimabuku MetzUSA1.759
46Maria GrabarArabia Étude-TableauElena CobbOlga KotlyarovaRussia3.5FORM
47Noa KapeyushnikGargoyles, part 4Lowell LiebermannTania KozlovaIsrael315
48Fallon KatzEmpty RoomsSam WedgwoodUrsula GruszewzskyAustralia2FORM
49Sara Ortiz / Maria Alejandra Vanegas DUETGuabinaGermán Darío PérezJuliana Reina TéllezColumbia2.5FORM
50Inga Liersch KapustinMarina KheifetsGermany211
51Arina Angelica ZenevichToreador’s TangoHeather HammondAlla LevitUK0.75 
52Robert WilkinsonLamento de EspanaHeather HammondAlla LevitUK0.75 
53Julia RozenkovaTBC Irina CherkasskayaAustralia  
Elena Cobb Star Prize at the Royal Albert Hall

6 April 2020 Monday, Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room

Murray MacLachlan to give two masterclasses 

Murray MacLachlan, Chair of EPTA UK, Head of Keyboard at Chetham’s School of Music and a Senior Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England will be conducting a masterclass at the next Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall on 6 April and on 7 April during the Teacher Training Day at the Peregrine’s Piano..  

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George Harliono solo recital

George Harliono will be performing at the next Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall as Lauren Zhang due to her family commitments has to make an unplanned trip to Hong-Kong in April. 

In 2019 George was the only British pianist selected for the Tchaikovsky Competition. George was born in London in 2001, and in 2017 became one of the youngest students ever to take up a four-year scholarship at the Royal College of Music for a BMus degree, studying with Professor Vanessa Latarche. 

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Japanese pianist Miyu Shindo solo recitals 

n addition to recitals in her home country of Japan, Miyu Shindo has performed in the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory and at Carnegie Hall, and in Austria and Italy. She has collaborated with the Nagoya Philharmonic, Central Aichi Symphony, and Obu Philharmonic Orchestras, and placed in several international competitions.

Miyu is a quarterfinalist of the Cliburn Junior competition 2019.

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Day two of the Festival

09.15 Registration
09.30 Masterclass with MURRAY MCLACHLAN, UK
10.30 MIYU SHINDO Recital, student of Valery Piassetski, Japan
11.30 Masterclass TANIA KOZLOVA, Israel
12.30 Student Recital Class of Tania Kozlova, Israel
13.30 Lunch
14.00 VLADIMIR IVANOV Recital, student of Tatiana Shklovskaya, Russia
15.00 Workshop with TATIANA SHKLOVSKAYA, Russia
16.00 Workshop with IRINA WORONOW, Germany


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7 April, Tuesday, Peregrine’s Piano London

Such events boost kids motivation enormously!

Irina Gorin / The Gorin Institute

Cobb is in the business of allowing young pianists the confidence and energy to fly, to express their enthusiasm and desire to communicate.

Murray McLachlan / Piano Professional Magazine

The Elena Cobb Star Prize Event will undoubtedly be remembered as a landmark in the lives of all who took part.

Andrew Eales /

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