RNCM announces details of its piano competition

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The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has revealed details of its sixth biennial James Mottram International Piano Competition, where young pianists from all over the world will compete for £10,000.

The competition final will be held at the Manchester conservatoire’s concert hall between 26 November and 1 December and broadcast on Classic FM. Accompanying the solo finalists will be the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Robert Spano.

The prize fund includes a first prize of £10,000 and the chance to gain a scholarship to study at the RNCM. Participants who do not progress to the next stage of the competition will be given the opportunity to take part in a public masterclass given by a jury member during their time in Manchester.

The competition was set up in 2008 ‘thanks to a generous bequest from the late James Mottram’, whose lifetime ambition was ‘to see an international piano competition staged in Manchester to celebrate the music of his favourite composers, and to provide a platform for the next generation of talented pianists.’

Pianists wishing to take part must be aged under 30 at the time of the competition and will be required to submit a video recording with their application.

Entries open tomorrow (27 April). To apply, visit the RNCM website here.