Scottish International Piano Competition Final
From 1–10 September 2017, 32 pianists from 20 countries across four continents will take part in the Scottish International Piano Competition 2017. This final will feature three finalists, who will each perform one concerto of their choice with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by RSNO Music Director Designate Thomas Søndergård.
The first prize winner receives £10,000, the Alexander Stone Memorial Trophy and the Frederic Lamond Gold Medal. The winner will also be offered a performance with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra during their 2018:19 season. Second prize is £7500 and the Lawrence Glover Silver Medal and third prize is £5000.
Internationally acclaimed pianists Steven Osborne and Olga Kern are two of the eight pianists who make up the competition’s jury, chaired by Aaron Shorr, who is Head of Keyboard at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Like Shorr, other members of the jury Meng-Chieh Liu, Peter Tuite and Soo-Jung Shin serve on the faculties of conservatoires around the world; and as well as his solo career, Ivari Ilja is renowned for his performances as an accompanist to some of the world’s greatest artists. Dr Krishna Thiagarajan, formerly a concert pianist, is CEO of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). From the start of the 2018:19 season he becomes Music Director of the RSNO.
Highlights of his 2016:17 season have included debuts with London Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and London Symphony Orchestras, Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot) and Deutsche Oper Berlin (world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II). He also made return visits to Oslo Philharmonic, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Royal Danish Opera (Il viaggio a Reims). With the RSNO, projects have included Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Janine Jansen and with BBC NOW, the complete Stravinsky The Firebird, recordings and touring.
Future plans include returns to Sydney and BBC Symphony Orchestras, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Norske Opera Oslo (Die Zauberflöte) and debuts with Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra Berlin, SWR Baden-Baden, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Gurzenich Orchestra and Bern Symphony. Recent seasons have included Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker; leading tours with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and European Union Youth Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Brussels Philharmonic; Swedish Radio, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Orchestre National d’Ile de France; Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.