The British & International Federation of Festivals BIFF

Since we began working with Elena, over 35 young pianists have been awarded the Star Prize in the UK, and now have the opportunity to play at the Royal Albert Hall! It’s a joy to work with Elena, and we hope to continue working together to create even more opportunities for young performers around the world.

Steven Roberts, Chairman of the British & International Federation of Festivals

In 2015 The British and International Federation of Festivals made an announcement that Elena Cobb Star Prize will be awarded in the three new categories during festivals. This innovative opportunity was designed to increase participation at the member festivals and since then, Elena Cobb was working with the Federation to help provide direct financial support to Festivals to include three new piano classes in their Syllabus.

From 2017, The British Federation of Festivals, EVC Music, and ABRSM are joining forces and Elena Cobb Star Prize will include a wide selection of music by modern British composers published by Elena Cobb (EVC Music Publications Ltd) and feature Piano Star books 1-3 published by the ABRSM in the Solo Class Beginners to Intermediate level: up to Prep Test level, Prep test level and Prep Test level to Grade 1 level. The duets from these books are included in the Duet & Trios Class for all levels.

The first Elena Cobb Star Prize Winners Concert will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London link > on April 5th, 2018. In addition, the programme will also include a showcase featuring new educational music released by leading British publishing companies and performed by talented young musicians. Click here > to read more about the Winners Recital.

Festival organisers can choose any one, two or as many pieces as they wish for each class. Please email with any questions or to arrange a phone call conversation when advice is needed on the repertoire. 

Performers in all categories must select pieces accordingly to their Grade/Level.
Adjudication will be based on the overall excellence of the performance and musicianship, e.g. text accuracy, musicality and general impression of which particular performance was better and stood out from the crowd.
In addition to the cash prizes, the winners in each category will be invited to perform at the Winners Concert at the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room on 4 April 2019. 

Each participating Festival will receive funding

 One three-hour Adjudicator session to include at least the three Elena Cobb classes detailed below.

Three £50 cash prizes for the winner of each Elena Cobb class.

A high-quality Elena Cobb Star Prize badge and certificate for the winner of each class.

The funding will only be distributed to the Festival once the Federation has received confirmation that the Elena Cobb classes will take place and that a Federation Adjudicator has been booked for the full three-hour session.

To discover Performance Repertoire List 2017 at BIFF, click on the link >.

Tot discover Performance Repertoire List 2018 at BIFF, click on the link >.

How To Apply

To apply, or if you require any additional information, please email to  at Festivals House as soon as possible as funds will are allocated on a first come first served basis.

UK 2017

Berkshire Musical Festival, January 2017
The Hatfield and District Music Festival, February, March 2017
Cornwall Music Festival, March 2017
Don Valley Festival
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Hazel Grow, February, March 2017
Perform in Perth, March 2017
Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival, March 2017
Perform in Dumfries,  March 2017
Blackburn Festival of Music, Speech and Drama, April, May, June 2017
Southend Musical Festival, November 2017

UK 2018

Highbridge Festival of the Arts March 2018
Don Valley Festival, est. 1912, March 2018
Tunbridge Wells Arts Festival, March 2018
Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival, March 2018
Perform in Perth, March 2018
Blackburn Festival of Music, Speech and Drama, April, May, June 2018
Southend Musical Festival, November 2018
Ballymena Festival of Music Speech and Dance, February 2019