2007 Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition

Sunday 25 March 2007
Austrian Cultural Forum

Jury: Noretta Conci-Leech, Alberto Portugheis and Ratimir Martinovic

Joint 1st prize: Walid El Yafi (Chetham’s School) and David Secchi (Wells Cathedral School)
Joint 2nd prize: Mandaktuja Dorj (Junior Royal Academy of Music) and Lin Yang (Junior Royal Northern College)
3rd prize: Fumi Sakuma (Croydon Music Centre)

The 2007 Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition was held on 25 March 2007 at The Bluthner Piano Centre, 1 Davies Street, London W1, presented by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, with generous sponsorship by the Bluthner Piano Centre. At their fine showrooms in London’s West End, nine young pianists from the junior schools of our major conservatoires and some of the specialist schools competed against each other, performing a sonata of their own choice together with the compulsory work, the A major Bagatelle from the opus 33 set. The distinguished and experienced panel of judges, comprising Noretta Conci-Leech, Alberto Portugheis and Ratimir Martinovic, awarded joint first prize to Walid El Yafi (Chetham’s School) and David Secchi (Wells Cathedral School), dividing the second prize between Mandaktuja Dorj (Junior Royal Academy of Music) and Lin Yang (Junior Royal Northern College) while Fumi Sakuma (Croydon Music Centre) was awarded third prize.