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Friday, July 4, 2014

Registration is now open for the XVIII Santander Paloma O' Shea International Piano Competition

This international piano extravaganza will take place from 25 July to 5 August 2015. There will be free live coverage of the competition which will boast a prestigious jury and great artists who will be involved in both the chamber and symphony orchestra tests.  Winners will receive cash prizes, participate in concert tours, and a CD will be released. 

Madrid, June 30, 2014 -. The registration period for the Santander International Piano Competition runs from 20 June until 10 December 2014. The competition, which showcases young pianists from all over the world, began in 1972, and is regarded as one of the most important piano competitions in the world. Registration is now open for the XVIII edition.

The XVIII Competition boasts an outstanding jury which is made up of prestigious music professionals from 11 countries: the President of the Jury - American pianist and conductor Gary Graffman, who was President of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia; Vice-Presidents, acclaimed Chinese pianist, Jian Li, Spanish composer Tomás Marco and Luis Pereira Leal, former Director of the Gulbenkian Foundation Music Service in Lisbon. The other jury members will be Michel Béroff (France), Christopher Elton (United Kingdom), Homero Francesch (Uruguay), Marta Gulyás (Hungary), Eldar Nebolsin (Russia), Blanca Uribe (Colombia)  and conductor and violinist Péter Csaba (Romania). Gulyás will also chair the Pre-Selection Jury which will include pianists Jeno Nyári from Hungary, and Luis Fernando Pérez from Spain.The winner of the competition and the finalists will receive substantial cash prizes. They will also be granted the opportunity to perform in venues on the international circuit - which is tantamount to a solid career launch. Apart from prizes which are awarded by the jury, there is an Audience Award.  Members of the audience who watch the Final in the actual venue or on the internet can vote for the Audience Award.

 Guest artists for the various stages of next year’s edition of the competition will be the Casals Quartet and the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015. It will be conducted by Pablo González, chief conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Catalonia National Orchestra. The Pre-selection Tests will take place between March and April 2015 in Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris. Twenty candidates will be selected who will meet in Santander on July 25, 2015.  The Final will have a new format: two concerts which will be held on 3 and 4 August. Hence six participants and not three will take part in the final and they will perform with maestro Pablo González and the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. Both concerts will feature in the 64th Santander International Festival. There will be free live coverage of each Competition test on www.classicalplanet.com / live, be it a recital, orchestral music or chamber music. The Final will also be broadcast on Spanish television on La 2, on Canal Internacional, and www.rtve.es

The Various Stages of the CompetitionFirst stage: From 25 to 27 July. 20 participants. Test recitalSemi-final: From July 29 to August 1. 12 participants. Test recital and chamber music testFinal: 3 and 4 August 2015. 6 participants. Concert with Symphony OrchestraGala Awards Ceremony: 5 August 2015.

 For more information:
www.concursodepianodesantander.com

GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF THE COMPETITION
Tel: +34 942 31 14 51
concurso@albeniz.com

PRESS AND COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, ALBÉNIZ FOUNDATION
Tel: +34 91 523 04 19
prensa@albeniz.com

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