Piano performance opportunity of a lifetime

Dear friends,
Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival 2020 is postponed until a later date in the year. Stay tuned for the date announcement and thank you for your continuous support.

Please stay safe and healthy.

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, founder of the Elena Cobb Star Prize


Such events boost kids motivation enormously!

Irina Gorin / Carmel Klavier Competition USA

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 / Pianodao.com


6 April, Monday

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.


Murray MacLachlan to give two masterclasses at the Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall

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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Japanese pianist Miyu Shindo will give solo recitals at the Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2020

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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George Harliono to perform at the next Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall

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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recital programme draft

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Nr Name Title Composer Teacher Country Duration Age
1 Evan Brooke Spinning Sky Aleksandra Vilcinska Jacob Britz UK 1.5 11
2 Leon Ye Polka Butterfly Elena Cobb Hanlie Martens UK 0.5 9
3 Jasmine Sutton Polka Butterfly Elena Cobb Jena Pang UK 0.5 6
4 Ethan Ng Melrose Abbey Donald Thomson Jena Pang UK 1.5 10
5 Marie Fischkin / Anastasia Paul DUET The Typewriter Khromushin Elena Tolstykh Austria 1.5 12
6 Valentin Hirsch Cloud Seven Elena Cobb Rita Kroiter Austria 2.5 11
7 Henry Man Mirrors Elena Cobb Jena Pang UK 2.25 14
8 Amir Pedersoli Prelude Nr 6 Tribute to Roberto Garcia Morillo Alberto Ginastera Jena Pang Switzerland 1.25 12
9 Daniel Choi Nocturne Eb Dennis Alexander Tatyana Bayliyeva USA 1.75 8
10 Sean Choi Tarantella Elena Cobb Tatyana Bayliyeva USA 2 11
11 Micah Young Six Preludes About Time Mark Goddard Ada Shebanova USA 5.5 14
12 Arthur Yeh New York Nights Philip Martin Ada Shebanova USA 1.5 14
13 Ian Sun Broadway Boogie Woogie Philip Martin Ada Shebanova USA 1.75 14
14 Lillian Shevitz Débutante Grande Valse Philip Martin Tatyana Bayliyeva USA 5 15
15 Andrew Lee Babylon Elena Cobb Svetlana Soleimani USA 2 10
16 Idan and Michelle Struzh DUET In carriage along the Nevsky prospect Sapozhnikov Tania Kozlova Israel 3 12 / 13
17 Eden Miroshnik Star Dust Elena Cobb Nadya Fridkovsky Israel 2.5 13
18 Ben Polonsky Morisot, Prelude Nr 3 Graham Lynch Tania Kozlova Israel 2.5 14
19 Yair Yonah Hummingbird Andrew Higgins Tania Kozlova Israel 2.25 13
20 Emmanuelle Struzh Elephant Dance Jacub Metelka Tania Kozlova Israel 2 9
21 Lia Ein-Gal Etude No 1 Rotation in blue Alexander Rosenblatt Tania Kozlova Israel 3 12
22 Nadav Ein-Gal The Serpent’s Kiss, The Garden of Eden
William Bolcom Tania Kozlova Israel 5 13
23 Eithan Kemelmakher Motive Force Nikolai Kapustin Tania Kozlova Israel 2 13
24 Andrei Filonov Gargoyles, part III Lowell Liebermann Natalia Zhdanova Russia 2.5 13
25 Jessica Howard Once Upon A Frozen Winter Heather Hammond Maria Kesiak UK 1.5 14
26 Jurand Dlugolecki Sleep Dancing Alexandra Vilcinska Maria Kesiak UK 1.5 12
27 Laura Kesiak / Julian Zhu At the Drop of a Hat Wedgwoods Maria Kesiak, Marta Karbownicka UK 2.25 8
28 Rose MacLachlan Broadway Boogie Woogie Philip Martin Dina Parakhina UK 1.75 13
29 Matthew MacLachlan O’Keeffe Blues Philip Martin Dina Parakhina UK 2.25 15
30 Annika Elisabeth Jäger / Maria Gein DUET Carefree in Rio Sam Wedgwood Irina Woronow Germany 2 6 / 8
31 Arthur Dorian Anderson St Mary’s Loch Donald Thomson Alla Levit UK 2.5 10
32 Alexander Socrates Abderson Monet, Prelude no.4 Graham Lynch Alla Levit UK 3.25 14
33 Riccardo Santoleri Thursday Vol2 Paul Birchall Murray MacLachlan UK 2.5 11
34 Matthew Hatchet The Kelpies’ Jig Donald Thomson Donna Reed USA 2 11
35 Aliena Emmi Kurtenacker The Kelpie’s Jig Donald Thomson Ludmila Karmanova Germany 2 FORM
36 Emilia Mateja Lavender Haze Elena Cobb Maggie George UK 2 10
37 Vladimir Ivanov Etudes 6, 8 op 40 Nikolai Kapustin Tatyana Shklovskaya Russia 5 FORM
38 Desmond Ng Arabia Étude-Tableau Elena Cobb Vivian Fang liu USA 3.5 15
39 Theresa & Tiffany Yung DUET Mrs Van Der Blond Elena Cobb Vivian Fang liu USA 2.25 13 / 13
40 Alanna Crouch Waltz Alanna Crouch Christine Crowshaw UK 2 13
41 Chengfei Zhang Tango Leone Elena Cobb Nancy Foley USA 3 11
42 Evelina Billaud The Cheshire Cat Nikki Iles Kathryn Heathcote UK 0.75 10
43 Marcus Yeung Troubled Water, Margaret Bonds Sueanne Shimabuku Metz USA 2 13
44 Adrian Gonzalez Cat and Mouse AaraonCopland Sueanne Shimabuku Metz USA 3.25 9
45 Kaito Mion Buzzing Bee Mark Nevin Sueanne Shimabuku Metz USA 1.75 9
46 Maria Grabar Arabia Étude-Tableau Elena Cobb Olga Kotlyarova Russia 3.5 FORM
47 Noa Kapeyushnik Gargoyles, part 4 Lowell Liebermann Tania Kozlova Israel 3 15
48 Fallon Katz Empty Rooms Sam Wedgwood Ursula Gruszewzsky Australia 2 FORM
49 Sara Ortiz / Maria Alejandra Vanegas DUET Guabina Germán Darío Pérez Juliana Reina Téllez Columbia 2.5 FORM
50 Inga Liersch   Kapustin Marina Kheifets Germany 2 11
51 Arina Angelica Zenevich Toreador’s Tango Heather Hammond Alla Levit UK 0.75  
52 Robert Wilkinson Lamento de Espana Heather Hammond Alla Levit UK 0.75  
53 Julia Rozenkova TBC   Irina Cherkasskaya Australia    


7 April, Tuesday
Peregrine’s Piano London

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

What is Elena Cobb Star Prize?

Royal Albert Hall Elena Cobb Star Prize

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.

Masterclasses by the world renowned piano pedagogues: Director of the Central Music School and Professor at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory Valery Piassetski, Professor at the Gnessin College of Music in Moscow Tatiana Shklovskaya, Head of Piano at the Chetham’s School of Music, UK Murray MacLachlan.


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