2017 BPSE Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition Results

Sunday, 19 March, 2017

First Prize Adam Heron (Wells)
Second Prize Rebecca Leung (RAM) & Ellis Thomas (RNCM)
Third Prize Gorka Plada Giron (Menuhin School) & Tomos Boyles (RWCMD)

(from left to right) Julian Jacobson, Adam Heron, Melanie Spanswick (Jury), and Nils Franke. photo credit: Bobby Chen

Winners of the 2016 BPSE Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition announced!

Sunday, 27 November, 2016

First Prize Andrei Iliushkin (RAM)
Second Prize Victor Lim (RNCM)
Third Prize Domonkos Csabay (Birmingham Conservatoire)
Special mention George Fradley (RWCMD)

(from left to right) Michael Roll (Jury), Alberto Portugheis (Jury), Andrei Iliushkin, Philip Edward Fisher (Jury). photo credit: Yvonne Cheng
Presentation of Prizes by Julian Lloyd Webber, FRCM, Distinguished Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire. (from left to right) Michael Roll, Alberto Portugheis, Philip Edward Fisher, Julian Lloyd Webber, Andrei Iliushkin, Victor Lim, Domonkos Csabay, George Fradley, and Julian Jacobson (Chairman of the BPSE). photo credit: Yvonne Cheng
(from left to right) Alberto Portugheis, Philip Edward Fisher, Julian Jacobson, and Professor Chen Shuhua, Piano professor, Vice dean of art college, Xiamen University. Photo credit: Yvonne Cheng

The BPSE wishes to express their sincere thanks to Birmingham Conservatoire for their generous hospitality and the use of the Steinway Model ‘D’ Concert Grand. We would particularly like to thank John Thwaites, Head of Piano; Mike Flower, Assistant Concerts Manager, and Peter Roscoe, Head Piano Tuner, for their help in planning the event.

Beethoven Concerto Masterclasses and Competition Results

Saturday, 19 November, 2016

First prize awarded to Imma Setiadi, who performed the 1st movement of the Concerto No.5, “Emperor”, with the Siegfried Camerata, conducted by Manuel Arellano Bover. A special mention was given to Angel Laguna.


Ilya Kondratiev at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Friday, 21 October 2016

Presentation of the Beethoven Medal by Andrew Morris, Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. photo credit: Ronald Stein

Congratulations to the BPSE 2015 Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition prizewinner– Ilya Kondratiev for his wonderful performances of 2 Beethoven Sonatas, contrasting Franck’s Prelude, Chorale, and Variations.

Bela Hartmann at St. James’s Church

Friday, 14 October 2016

photo credit: Yvonne Cheng

Bela Hartmann’s superb performance of Beethoven’s 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli at St. James’s last week – a hugely successful concert. Thank you all who came along!

Winners of the 2016 BPSE Beethoven Chamber Music Competition Announced!

First Prize: Louko Piano Trio (RNCM) –  Erkki Louko (violin) | Waynne Woo Seok Kwon (cello) | Victor Lim (piano)
Second Prize: Amarins Wierdsma (violin) | Edward Liddall (piano) – Guildhall School of Music
Special mention: Jonel Manciu (violin) – Guildhall School Music of Music

Click here for the review of this competition

NEW International President!

BPSE are very happy to announce our new International President, the legendary Austrian pianist Paul Badura- Skoda.

In the photographs below, we see Mr Badura-Skoda with our Vice-Chairman, Alberto Portugheis

Photo credits Christopher Axworthy
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Photo credit: Ronald Stein