MALCOLM MILLER reports on the
2014 BPSE Intercollegiate Competition
and winner Mihai Ritivoiu
Mihai Ritivoiu (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) was the first prize winner at the 22nd Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition 2014, held on Sunday 23 November 2014 at the Austrian Cultural Forum, near London's Hyde Park. The competition attracted an enthusiastic audience to hear the eight talented competitors, each from a UK conservatoire, performing a Beethoven sonata of their choice and a compulsory Bagatelle, Op 33 No 2 in C major, before a distinguished jury comprising Noretta Conci, Piers Lane and Christopher Axworthy. Alberto Portugheis, BPSE Vice-Chairman, introduced the proceedings and thanked the Austrian Cultural Forum for their generous hospitality and use of the Bösendorfer piano.
First to perform was Aleksandar Djermanovic (Royal College of Music), whose rendition of the early sonata Op 2 No 3 in C flowed with rhythmic drive and much dynamic contrast...
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