AN UPLIFTING CONCERT
MALCOLM MILLER was at the
20th Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition
The pianist selected as winner of the 20th BPSE Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition was Min Jung Baek from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for her expressive and eloquently controlled account of Beethoven's Sonata Op 111 at the climax of the event, held on Sunday 25 November 2012 at the elegant surrounds of the Austrian Cultural Forum near London's Hyde Park. The well attended event featured nine talented pianists drawn, as in previous years, from leading conservatoires and music departments around the UK. Introduced by BPSE's UK Chairman Malcolm Troup and Vice Chairman Alberto Portugheis, each competitor performed a Beethoven Sonata of their choice as well as the compulsory Bagatelle in C minor Op 119 No 5, before a distinguished jury comprising the internationally acclaimed pianists John Lill, CBE, Murray McLachlan, Head of Keyboard at Chetham's School of Music, and Malcolm Troup.
The large and distinguished audience, including BPSE patrons William Brown CBE and Mrs Nachiko Brown, were regaled with an inspiring programme spanning Beethoven's 32 sonatas: in contrast to previous years where one competition might frequently feature a plethora of 'Appassionata' sonatas, a couple of 'Waldstein's and two or three Op 110s, the choice of repertory for this twentieth competition was varied enough to warrant a logical programming of three groups of three sonatas in chronological and stylistic sequence...
Copyright © 27 December 2012 Malcolm Miller,