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Happy new year, everybody! It seems that 2017 is starting on a very good note, as I'm delighted to have won the Walcer Prize Piano Competition in the RCS today. Many thanks to Nicholas Ashton for the wonerful critique, and to the people that came to listen this morning. This already got me excited about the future projects and performances I'll be doing this year.

First one on the list is a recital on the 27th of January at the Piano Campus Festival in Cergy-Pontoise, France (not too far from Paris) with fellow pianist Daniel Hart. The programe is made of some fantastic works for two pianos, starting with the first four movements from Holst's Planets (Mars, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter) and ending with Stravinsky's eccentric Rite of Spring, because by then we'll all be tired of the cold winter. More info and ticket reservations can be found here

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'm really happy to announce that I was awarded Joint 1st Prize at this year's RCS Classical Concerto Competition, along side fellow musician Hannah Foster (flute). Many thanks to Aaron Shorr for playing 2nd piano for me today and Sunday, providing a superb 'orchestra'. It's also nice to know that wherever my musical journeys take me, I will be returning in 2018 to play Beethoven 4 with the RCS. Quite a bit of time until then... better start practising.

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If you're in Preston next Friday, come by the Church of St George the Martyr for some tea, cakes and a selection of musical treats.


J.S Bach - Prelude & Fugue in D major, book II
F. Mendelssohn - Variations Serieuses
Fr. Chopin - Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante
G. Enescu - Pavane & Bouree op. 10
Cl. Debussy - L'isle Joyeuse
Tchaikovsky/Plentev - 5 Movements from the Nutcracker Suite:
I. March
II. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
III. Tarantella
IV. Intermezzo
V. Trepak (Russian Dance)

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Woohoo! CD is out on Amazon now! I've recorded this by myself in October last year, as a project to help fund my Masters. It includes works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Ravel, Enescu and Rachmaninov, things I usually like playing in recitals (hence the title). Hope you enjoy!

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The Grand Finale of the first year of Masters is finally here. If you're free, come by the Stevenson Hall at the RCS for an afternoon recital at 3pm.

I'll be starting off with three petit études, first is Ligeti's no. 6, Arc-en-Ciel, followed by Rachmaninoff's op. 33 no. 4 and op. 39 no. 1. Then moving on to the inner turmoils of Liszt's Soneto del Petrarca no. 104 and Mednelssohn's Variations Sériouses op. 54. I didn't want to end the recital on a sad note, so I'm finishing with the 1st movement of Krazy Kapustin's Concerto for 2 Pianos and Neo-Percussion op. 104, with fellow musicians Peter Johnstone (piano), Graham Costello (drums) and Jonathan Chapman (timps, xylophone, all the works).

Entry is free, so pop by if you can for some fun and fireworks!

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The second video from the previous recording session is up: Fr. Chopin - Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante op. 22. This piece has a special position between the polonaises as it is the only one to be originally conceived to be played with orchestra, although the solo version is the one most performed. Brilliantly combined with the slow "spianato" introduction, it conveys both the lyric and bravura side of Chopin's music, also featuring tons of Polish folkloric melodies and a finger-twisting coda, as was the fashion of the time.

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Last weekend I've had the wonderful experience of participating at the 15th Piano Campus International Piano Competition in Pontoise, France, where after some really intense few days, it resulted in me being awarded the Piano Campus Silver Trophy as well as well as two Special Prizes for best compulsory Ligeti from the first round, and best performance of the contemporary piece for piano and orchestra written for the competition.

I've had the great pleasure of working with composer Lina Tonia and conductor Benoit Girault in the final, as well as an amazing student orchestra, playing the first movement of Mendelssohn's 1st Piano Concerto and also premiering Lina Tonia's "Les Mondes Flottants".

Special thanks to Monsieur et Madame Escande for the absolutely wonderful organisation, there was such a great sense of conviviality and community, especially between the competitors, which made the whole experience incredibly enjoyable. Also special thanks and big congrats to Nicolas and Kostya, you guys made the final into such a great day.

I'll try to put up some more pictures from the final and maybe a recording if I get my hands on one. Back in Glasgow now, resuming work. Next on the menu: Kapustin's Concerto for 2 pianos and percussion, at the next RCS Piano Festival in March. I'll post more details about that soon.
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Finally did this too. The CD I've recorded myself this September to help fund my degree is now available online. It is set up in the way I would arrange an hour long piano recital (hence the name of the CD), with some delicate Scarlatti to start, spicing things up with some substantial Chopin and Ravel, cooling off with a small tranquil Enescu moment before diving into the the glorious sonorous world of one of Rachmaninoff's grandest works. I will also be playing parts of this repertoire at the Brunton Theatre in Edinburgh, on the 15th of March. Details about the recital will be posted soon.

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I've finally managed to create a few fancy video recordings, using multiple cameras. This is the first video to be uploaded in the new year, I thought the good vibes of the introduction could project into all of 2016. I hope you will enjoy this lesser known work by Ravel, stunning piece of complex music separated into eight bite-sized waltzes. There are a few more new recordings to be added in next few days, so stay tuned.

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Tomorrow, Saturday the 21st of November, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians will feature a piano and voice recital, where I will be playing with soprano Charlotte Hoather. The recital will start with the wonderland of Grieg and his song cycle "Haugtussa", interval, and a 2nd half which will display some American and Scottish folk songs, building up to three Opera Arias to finish off this exciting evening. Loads of great music packed in such a short time. The entry is free so everybody is welcome.
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