A new initiative to offer wider opportunities to young pianists has been announced by the organisers of the Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival.
For the past five years the Prize sponsorship programme has made awards to hundreds of children from all around the world, and since last year winners have had the chance to perform at annual Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Now, says Cobb, more young performers between the ages of four and 18 will be able to benefit from new categories, offering many more opportunities to pianists.
“We are making a huge impact on the way new repertoire and performance opportunities are perceived by teachers, students, parents and audiences” says Cobb.
Her work has won praise from many people. The concert pianist and teacher Murray McLachlan recently told Piano Professional magazine that the Festival has “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.”
Auditions open on June 1, 2019 and close on August 15, 2019
Results will be sent by email
In addition to our category winners who are eligible to register in September, we are announcing an open video audition in two categories:
- PERFORMANCE IN THE FESTIVAL 6 April, 2020
Young pianists 4-18 are invited to submit their videos for the chance to perform in the Festival
- EVC Music published works only
- One piece: solo, duet, trio
- Or send us a video with your recent performance
- SOLO RECITAL & MASTERCLASS 7 April 2020
Young pianists 7-18 are invited to submit their videos for the chance to give a one hour solo recital during second day of the Festival.
The piano pedagogue of the successful candidate will also be invited to present a one-hour masterclass during second day of the Festival. Successful applicants will receive £500 bursary towards their travelling expenses.
- Three pieces own choice (no longer than 20 min in total)
- The repertoire: classical, baroque, virtuoso piece or etude, contemporary or jazz
Registration for next year’s Festival opens on September 1, 2019