2017 BPSE Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition Results

The Thomas Harris Award (First Prize) Tolga Atalay Ün (RCM)
Second Prize Soohong Park (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
Third Prize Yuexuan Song (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Tolga Atalay Ün at the competition (Recipient of the Thomas Harris Award) Photo: Yvonne Cheng
Soohong Park (Second Prizewinner). Photo: Yvonne Cheng
Yuexuan Song (Third Prizewinner, center) & Julian Jacobson (Chairman of the BPSE, right). Photo: Yvonne Cheng


This year’s Competition was held at St Mary Magdalene Church by kind permission of Markson’s Pianos who are making available their wonderful Bősendorfer VC concert grand piano for the occasion. We would like to express our deep gratitude to Simon Markson for hosting us.

Message from the Chair

The Beethoven Piano Society of Europe is deeply honoured to have received a substantial grant from the Thomas Harris International Piano Foundation, most generously donated by Mrs Judy Harris as a memorial to her son, the highly gifted young pianist Thomas Harris. This will be of great service to us in the furtherance of our ongoing work of promoting and assisting young pianists who are passionate about including Beethoven in their repertoire, and in doing so we will in turn be honouring the memory of Thomas.

—Julian Jacobson, Chair, BPSE

The Beethoven Piano Society of Europe is very happy to announce our new Honorary Patron, Mrs. Judy Harris.

News from the Dudley International Piano Competition

Many congratulations to First Prizewinner, Ariel Lanyi, of the Dudley International Piano Competition, which concluded last Saturday 4 November. Ariel Lanyi won 1st runner up in the BPSE 2015 Intercollegiate Senior Competition and played for us at our Summer Festival in Regent Hall last year. Also to Second Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner, Julian Trevelyan, whom we look forward to listen to next Summer, on 8 August, at our Tippett/Beethoven series.

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Ariel Lanyi at the Semi Finals 2017. (Photos credit: Candian Li, Images Courtesy of the Dudley International Piano Competition)
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Julian Trevelyan at the Semi Finals 2017. (Photo credit: Candian Li, Images Courtesy of the Dudley International Piano Competition)



Winners of the 2016 BPSE Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition announced!

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.

Ilya Kondratiev at St Martin-in-the-Fields

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.