The Royal Northern College of Music's biennial piano competition's first round took place last night, with the winners of the Junior Category going through to the next round.
The Royal Northern College of Music James Mottram International Piano Competition kicked off last night, with the first round of the Junior Category. The first round of the senior category will take place today.
The biennial competition is judged by a panel including such pianistic luminaries as Pascal Devoyon, Peter Frankl, Gabriel Kwok, Pascal Roge, Ilana Vered, Ory Shihor, Ying Wu and Graham Scott, RNCM Head of School of Keyboard Studies.
Both the Junior (under-19) and Senior (19-25) categories will compete in two rounds before the finalists go through to the concerto final. Three finalists in both categories will perform a concerto each with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu.
The final will be broadcast on Classic FM on Monday December 10th. First prize for the Junior winner is £4,000 and another performance with the RLPO, while the winner of the Senior Category will be awarded £10,000 and a management contract.