Congratulations to Academy pianist George Fu, who won the 2024 BBC Music Magazine’s Best Newcomer Award for his debut album Mirrors.

Congratulations to Advanced Diploma pianist Junyan Chen, who will be performing at Leeds International Piano Competition, having reached the last 24 competitors. Watch part of her performance in the international round in Berlin.

Come and support our very talented Advanced Diploma pianists, who will all be giving their final examination recitals in public in the Angela Burgess Recital Hall:

  • Ignas Maknickas Wednesday 8 May, 11.30am – Schumann, Carl Vine, Bortkiewicz and Chopin
  • Tracy Tang Thursday 9 May, 11.30am – Medtner, Liszt and Szymanowski
  • Junyan Chen Thursday May 9, 3pm – Fazil Say, Thomas Larcher, Xenakis and Jonathan Harvey

Our Wigmore Piano Series continues on Wednesday 15 May with Academy pianist Harry Rylance in duo with soprano Liv Redpath, in a programme of Richard Strauss and Wagner.

Our annual Summer Piano Festival (12 to 14 June), features over sixty pianists this year. The keyboard feast includes: improvising to the 1920 silent The Cabinet of Dr Caligari; Godowsky at the Wigmore; chamber music from Schumann, Fauré, Rebecca Clarke and Piazzolla; music associated with playwright Samuel Beckett; and a whole day devoted to György Kurtág’s wonderfully playful Játêkok.

The Piano Department is proud to announce four new 2024-25 Aud Jebsen Piano Fellowships, awarded to Julian Chan, Ignas Maknickas, Junyan Chen and Sofia Sacco. Associate Honours were announced for recent departmental graduates Isata Kanneh-Mason and Ariel Lanyi who attended the ceremony in mid-April.

Xiaowen Shang and Ashken Layegh, both completing Masters degrees, were accepted on the PhD programme, starting in September 2024.

Image of Harry Rylance: Conrad Litchfield
Image of Isata Kanneh Mason: Robin Clewley