to the Dudley International Piano Competition
City of Birmingham
Conductor Michael Seal
at Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Marina Koka (Japan)
No 1 in E minor - Chopin
No 3 in E major - Bartok
No 3 in D minor - Rachmaninov
The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities studying
or resident in the British Isles and aged 30 years or under
at the Final stage of the Competition.
The Dudley International Piano
Competition evolved in 1968 from piano classes at the Dudley
Festival of Music and Drama. It had a concerto final, was
held annually until 1989 when it became a biennial event and
from 1991 to 1995 was opened to competitors from overseas.
Many past winners including Benjamin Frith, Andrew Wilde,
Graham Scott and Paul Lewis went on to establish a successful
career whilst past competitors have included Ian Hobson, Peter
Donohoe, Joanna MacGregor and Timothy Horton.
The Dudley International Piano Competition then took a break
until it re-emerged in 2000 as a competition with a recital
final open to pianists of all nationalities studying or resident
in the British Isles. Attracting entrants of an extremely
high standard from all the main colleges, its success in 2000
and 2001 dictated that it should become a regular biennial
For the 2009 and 2011 competitions a concerto final with the
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra replaced the recital
final. For 2014 the final will be held at Symphony Hall with
the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as part of their
2014/15 Concert Season.
THE 2011 COMPETITION
To listen to Qiaojing Dai playing her prize
of Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2
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