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Keyboard Successes

Tuesday 15 July 2014


RCM pianists have been enjoying recent competition success.

RCM pianist Dinara Klinton has won First Prize in the Norah Sande Award piano competition 2014. The Ukrainian pianist was awarded the top prize of £3000 and a recital opportunity following her impressive performance of music by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Liszt. Adjudicators Ruth Gerald, Timothy Barrett and David Patrick were unanimous in their decision to make her the winner.

RCM pianist Samson Tsoy has won the Second Prize of £2,000 at the Brant International Piano Competition in Birmingham. Samson performed works by Rameau, Scriabin and Mussorgsky in the Final, which took place in Birmingham’s Town Hall on Saturday 5 July.

Dinara and Samson are both studying for a Masters degree at the RCM, and are both supported by ABRSM Scholarships.

The Norah Sande Award takes place annually in Eastbourne, and is administered by the Trustees of the Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival. Its object is to encourage and support young musicians at the commencement of their careers. Previous winners of the competition include RCM alumna Caterina Grewe.

The prestigious Brant International Piano Competition has built its reputation over thirty-five years, and provides young pianists with the chance to further their careers and perform in world class venues.