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Scottish International Youth Piano Competition Summer School

for ages 12-17 / Grade 8+

Introduction

 

Piano competition

This summer, we are delighted to present the 3rd Scottish International Youth Piano Competition for younger pianists of great potential from around the world.

All students attending our piano summer school, for ages 12 – 17, will have the opportunity to compete for a place in the final on Saturday 28th July 2018. A distinguished jury, chaired by Associate Head of Keyboard Fali Pavri, will select the prize winners. The 1st prize in our senior category will be awarded the Sam Hutchings Memorial Award with the Moray Prize going to the winner of our Junior Category.

Senior (ages 15 – 17)

1st Round: 12 – 15 minute free choice recital with a minimum of two contrasting works.

2nd Round: 25 – 30 minute free choice recital, which may include one work from the previous round.

Senior prizes:
1st: £800 Sam Hutchings Memorial Award
2nd: £400
3rd: £150

Juniors (ages 12 – 14)

1st Round: 10 – 12 minute free choice recital with a minimum of two contrasting works.

2nd Round: 13 – 15 minute free choice recital, which may include one work from the previous round

Junior prizes:
1st: £450 Moray Prize
2nd: £200
3rd: £100

The deadline for booking to participate in the competition is Monday 18th June 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

 

Piano competition

This summer, we are delighted to present the 3rd Scottish International Youth Piano Competition for younger pianists of great potential from around the world.

All students attending our piano summer school, for ages 12 – 17, will have the opportunity to compete for a place in the final on Saturday 28th July 2018. A distinguished jury, chaired by Associate Head of Keyboard Fali Pavri, will select the prize winners. The 1st prize in our senior category will be awarded the Sam Hutchings Memorial Award with the Moray Prize going to the winner of our Junior Category.

Senior (ages 15 – 17)

1st Round: 12 – 15 minute free choice recital with a minimum of two contrasting works.

2nd Round: 25 – 30 minute free choice recital, which may include one work from the previous round.

Senior prizes:
1st: £800 Sam Hutchings Memorial Award
2nd: £400
3rd: £150

Juniors (ages 12 – 14)

1st Round: 10 – 12 minute free choice recital with a minimum of two contrasting works.

2nd Round: 13 – 15 minute free choice recital, which may include one work from the previous round

Junior prizes:
1st: £450 Moray Prize
2nd: £200
3rd: £100

The deadline for booking to participate in the competition is Monday 18th June 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

Throughout the five day summer school students can expect:

  • 1:1 lessons
  • Performance classes
  • Improvisation workshops
  • Recording sessions

Students will also learn about:

  • Performance technique
  • Alexander technique
  • Practice methods
  • Competition performance rounds

At the end of the week there will also be an opportunity to perform for friends and family.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Indicative schedule

Please note this is an example schedule and may be liable to change.

Monday

  • Welcome
  • 1:1 lessons
  • Performance class
  • Seminar on technique
  • Welcome reception

Tuesday

  • 1:1 lessons
  • Performance classes
  • Alexander Technique
  • Recording session
  • Social event

Wednesday

  • 1:1 lessons
  • Recording session
  • Alexander Technique
  • Performance class
  • Improvisation workshop
  • Concert

Thursday

  • 1:1 lessons
  • Performance class
  • Seminar on effective practice methods
  • Improvisation workshop
  • Concert

Friday

  • 1:1 lessons
  • Alexander Technique
  • Performance Class

Saturday

  • Scottish International Youth Piano Competition Final

 

Entry requirements

Students will be required to submit a recording for consideration by the Course Leader in advance of being accepted to the summer school.

Please record and send a solo piece which you feel comfortably demonstrates your strengths as a pianist.

Recordings can be uploaded to your online application form as a unlisted YouTube link or mp3. This can be done using your mobile phone, tablet or any hand held recording device.

We would anticipate that students playing at Grade 8 standard and above will benefit most from participation in these summer schools.

We welcome both keen amateur players and specialist music students from schools and conservatoires around the world to join us for this intensive study in Glasgow.

Students must notify us of the repertoire intended for study in advance of the summer school.

Preparing for your course

Students must have contrasting repertoire prepared to a reasonably high level of performance.

At a glance...

Scottish International Youth Piano Competition Summer School 10am - 5pm 20180728 275 Application Deadline: 20180618

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look.

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

How to apply

Please note a deposit of £50 will be required upon application to this course, this deposit will be refunded in full if your application is unsuccessful. Payment of the balance of the tuition fee is payable once applicants have been notified that they have been successful in their application to the course and have been sent the second-stage booking link.

Teaching staff

Fali Pavri

 

http://falipavri.com/

Fali Pavri enjoys a busy and varied career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Born in Mumbai, India, where his first teacher was Shanti Seldon, he studied the piano at the Moscow Conservatoire with Professor Victor Merzhanov and at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Christopher Elton.

While still a student, he was invited by the great Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovitch to be his pianist on an extensive concert tour of India. This was followed by his London debut at the Purcell Room and concerts in prestigious venues around the world. He has performed and collaborated with many eminent musicians including the Vertavo quartet, the Leopold Trio, Paragon Ensemble, Scottish Ensemble, clarinetist Andrew Marriner, cellist Franz Helmerson, singers Roderick Williams and Mark Padmore and composer Mauricio Kagel.

Some concert highlights include concertos at the St. Endellion Festival with Richard Hickox and at the Scottish Proms with the RSNO, Wigmore Hall concerts with cellists Wolfgang Schmidt and Tim Gill, a recital tour of S.Africa with his wife, the cellist, Naomi Pavri and performances at many music festivals including Sangat in India, Langvad in Denmark and Cheltenham and Leamington-Spa in the UK. In June 2009 Fali gave the world premiere of ‘In Memoriam’, a powerful new piece for piano and percussion by the Serbian-American composer Vera Stanojevic. This led to an invitation to be the guest artist at the the 2013 Society of Composers, Incorporated, National Conference in Colombus, Ohio performing three new works by American composers.

Recent CD releases include two discs of Swiss Piano Concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. With the cellist Timothy Gill, he has recorded two critically acclaimed discs, including world premieres of works by the Indian composer, John Mayer. In 2009 he recorded the song cycle ‘Black Sea’ by the British composer Anthony Bolton, with the tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson. With the cellist Robert Irvine, he has recorded the music of Giles Swayne and of William Sweeney, both for the Delphian label. His CD featuring the music of the Swiss composer Volkmar Andreae was awarded the coveted ‘IRR Outstanding’ accolade by the International Record Review.

Radio broadcasts include regular appearances on BBC Radio 3, where he has played some unusual and challenging repertoire including the Sinding Piano Quintet with the Vertavo Quartet and Alexander Goehr’s “Das Gesetz der Quadrille” with the baritone, Roderick Williams. He has recorded for All-India Radio with Mstislav Rostropovich and for CBC (the North-American premiere of “La Trahison Orale” by Mauricio Kagel).

A committed and sought-after teacher with many international prize-winning students, Fali Pavri is a Professor of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has given masterclasses in many countries around the world including recently in Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Cyprus, India, USA and South Africa, where he was also a jury member at the Unisa International Piano Competition.

email: f.pavri@rcs.ac.uk

Aaron Shorr

Since settling in the United Kingdom in 1984, Aaron Shorr has established an international career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. As well as appearing as soloist at London’s South Bank in over thirty concertos, he has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician worldwide. More recent performances have included tours of Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Turkey, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United States. He has performed extensively in the United Kingdom appearing in concerti, solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the Wigmore Hall, St. Martins in the Field and St. John’s Smith Square and festivals throughout Britain. He has also appeared in major European Festivals including the BBC Proms, Menuhin Festival, Munich Biennale, Hanover Expo, Paganiniana in Genoa, Venice Biennale,Instrumenta Festival Mexico, the Skopje Days of New Music, Cyprus International Contemporary Music Festival and the Istanbul Biennale. He has broadcast frequently for radio, including BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland, Classic FM, Bavarian Radio, Swiss Classical Radio, ABC Australia, and WQXR New York.

Aaron Shorr has recorded for Naxos, Mettier, Olympia, NMC and Meridian. His recordings of Beethoven with duo partner, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, have won universal acclaim. Research on composers in Beethoven’s inner circle of friends and contemporaries has yielded modern recording premieres of works by Mayseder, Ries and Archduke Rudolph as well as unknown chamber version of Beethoven’s Third Symphony. He has also enjoyed close associations with composers and has given countless premieres and performances of works, including those by Hans Werner Henze, George Rochberg, Sadie Harrison, David Matthews, Paul Moravec, Elliott Schwartz, Jorg Widmann, Michael Alec Rose, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Judith Bingham, Rory Boyle, Marek Pasieczny, and SidikaOzdil.

Aaron Shorr studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he received their most prestigious prizes for performance. His teachers have included Alexander Kelly, Solomon Mikowsky, Gary Graffman, André Watts, John Browning and chamber music with Joseph Seiger, former duo partner of legendary violinist Mischa Elman.

Aaron Shorr was a professor and researcher at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 1992. His students have gone on to win major prizes at international competitions including Rio, Pretoria, Munich, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Redding-Piette and the Schubert Competition in the Czech Republic. His students have also won prizes in major UK competitions, including the Royal Overseas League, Park Lane Debut Series, Sheepdrove and the Moray Piano Competition. He is also artistic director and chair of the jury for the Scottish International Piano Competition

Aaron Shorr is currently Professor and Head of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

email: a.shorr@rcs.ac.uk

Discography on Spotify:

Beethoven Explored Volume 6: “The Chamber Eroica” version for Piano Quartet (1807)

Beethoven Explored Volume 5: Op. 12 Sonatas

Beethoven Explored Volume 4: Op. 23 and Op. 24

Beethoven Explored Volume 3: Op. 30 Nos 1,2 and 3

Beethoven Explored Volume 2: Including Op. 47 “Kreutzer”

Beethoven Explored Volume 1: Including Op. 96

Additional Recordings and Concerts:

Schubert: Grand Duo – Jonathan Plowright and Aaron Shorr

Vivaldi/Bach: Concerto for 4 Pianos

 

Schubert Adagio and Rondo Concertante for Piano and Strings, Adagio – Aaron Shorr with Parnassus Ensemble

Schubert Adagio and Rondo Concertante for Piano and Strings, Rondo – Aaron Shorr with Parnassus Ensemble – Cadenza by A Shorr

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition – Aaron Shorr

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sinae Lee

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“Formidably equipped” – Gramophone

“Flabbergasted” – The Herald

“Phenomenal” – The Classical Reviewer

South Korean-born Sinae Lee leads a busy life as a soloist, chamber musician and lecturer based in Glasgow, UK. Since her UK début with Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), playing Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, she has also played with Korean Symphony Orchestra, St. James Orchestra, Glasgow Orchestral Society as well as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She has frequently appeared in concerts in New York, St. Petersburg, Riga, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as cities in her native Korea such as Seoul, Suwon and Busan.

In Korea, she studied piano at Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School. While studying in Seoul, she won many prestigious prizes, such as the Chung-Ang Daily Newspaper competition, and the Korean Music Association for Overseas competitors. After graduating Seoul National University with Distinction, Sinae was offered a place to study at RCS with a full scholarship awarded by the Inches Carr Trust, obtaining her MMus with Distinction one year later. Her prizewinning career continued in UK where she won the London Intercollegiate Beethoven competition as well as numerous RCS Prizes including A.Ramsay-Calder Debussy Prize, Bach Prize, Governors’ Recital Prize, Concerto Competition Prize, Ian D.Watt Award and the Dunbar-Geber Prize. Sinae studied piano with Hwa-Young Yi, Hyoung-Joon Chang in Korea, and Philip Jenkins in UK.

In 2006, Sinae recorded Karol Szymanowski’s complete piano works on four CDs, released by Divine Art Record Company. These recordings marked the first complete CD set, including the posthumously published Prelude in C sharp minor. This marked her début recording and received highly acclaimed reviews from Gramophone (Recommended Recording), BBC Music Magazine (Benchmark Recording), MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month, November 2006), Pianist Magazine (Recommended Recording), All Music Guide (Classical Editors’ Best of the Year2007) and Res Musica. Some of the pieces from her Szymanowski CDs have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, Radio New Zealand and Busan KBS TV. To celebrate 10 years anniversary of her Szymanowski CDs release, Sinae gave Szymanowski concert tours in Glasgow (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Dublin (Royal Irish Academy of Music) and Seoul (Seoul National University and Dongduk Womens University) between October and December 2016. In 2011, Sinae performed the complete Années de Pèlerinage by Liszt in the UK and Korea, celebrating the composer’s 200th anniversary. A studio recording was released by Nimbus Alliance in July 2012 and received rave reviews from The Classical Reviewer (Best of 2012) and MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month, April 2014).

As a keen collaborator, She has been enjoying chamber music performances with fellow pianists such as Aaron Shorr, Fali Pavri, Jonathan Plowright, Victor Sangiorgio and James Willshire as well as violinists Ilya Gringolts, Andrea Gajic and Justine Watts, violist Andrew Berridge and cellist Alison Wells. Sinae has also been in demand for giving world premieres for solo piano and ensemble works by composers including Marek Pasieczny, Gordon McPherson, Rory Boyle, Vera Stanojevic, Alasdair Spratt, Jay Capperauld, James Wilson, Richard Greer and Ewan Ferguson. In July 2016, Sinae recorded original composition by Jay Capperauld’s ‘Swan Lake’ for BBC Arts documentary film.

Sinae’s past prize adjudications include Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Piano Scholarships at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), BBC Young Musician of the Year (preliminary round) at City Hall (Glasgow), Scottish International Youth Piano Competition, A Ramsay-Calder Debussy Prize, Walcer Prize, Peter Lindsay Miller Prize for Piano Duo, Beethoven Prize for Junior Conservatoire at RCS.

Sinae is a Lecturer in the department of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at RCS and a pianist for Glasgow New Music Expedition (GNME), a contemporary ensemble lead by Jessica Cottis.

 

For further information on Sinae’s performing schedule and more, please visit http://www.sinaeleethepianist.com

 

Discography on Spotify

Szymanowski: The Complete Piano Music

https://play.spotify.com/album/7A1hyrHlNcla6vKs0LrUlo

Liszt: Years of Pilgrimage

https://play.spotify.com/album/6Xt0IpEy5p7wusFWxoB9jT

 

Performance Videos on YouTube

Brahms Sonata Op.1, 1st movement

https://youtu.be/4HJqY37HvxI

Dutilleux Sonata Op.1, 3rd movement

https://youtu.be/DB1uLnfgaD4

Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op.96 in G

https://youtu.be/PJ3_m3yXa70

Franck Piano Quintet in F minor

https://youtu.be/yX5-rB4D9Xc

Litolff Scherzo from Concerto Symphonique No.4, arranged for a solo piano by Harry Dexter

https://youtu.be/Y7k9fdU7PoQ