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Keyboard successes continue

Monday 28 September 2015


Students and graduates from the RCM’s keyboard faculty continue to make an impression at home and abroad.

Pianist Luka Okros, who is currently studying for his Artist Diploma, has been awarded first prize at the XIX Concurso Internacional de Piano de Valencia ‘Premio Jose Iturbi’ in Spain. Luka’s prize includes a published CD plus a number of concerts in Spain, among which will be an appearance with the Orquesta de Valencia. As the 2014 winner of the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, Luka also gives his debut recital at the Wigmore Hall on Sunday 1 November 2015.

Meanwhile, RCM pianist Vitaly Pisarenko (pictured) received third prize at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition earlier this month. Vitalay’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no 3 with the Halle Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder will be broadcast as part of BBC Four’s programme on the competition at 7.30pm on Friday 2 October. 

Congratulations are also due to recent graduate Natalia Sokolovskaya for winning both first prize and the audience prize at the 11th MozARTè International Piano Competition in Aachen, Germany, earlier in September.

Five further RCM pianists are heading to Warsaw this week, having been selected to take part in the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition: alumni Kausikan Rajeshkumar and Dinara Klinton, current students Tamila Salindjanova, Alexander Ullman and RCM Junior Fellow Hin-Yat Tsang. All five performances can be seen live on the competition website.