Since 1986 the SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION (SIPC) has been held in Glasgow, attracting many of the world’s most brilliant young concert pianists to Scotland.
The last competition was held in 2014 and attracted over 130 entrants from whom 30 were selected to play before a jury comprised of eminent and internationally recognised musicians, drawn from across the globe.
This prestigious competition is held under the auspices of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and is one of only three piano competitions held within the UK, and the only one in Scotland.
A newly commissioned work, written specially for SIPC, provides a particularly intriguing challenge for the competitors as they have to interpret the work through the printed music alone. Previous composers have included Thea Musgrave (2010) and Rory Boyle(2014)
The next competition(the 11th) will be held from 1st to 10th September 2017 and will initially comprise two recital rounds and a semi final round, all held in the Stevenson Hall at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The competition culminates in the Final in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, with each of the three finalists playing a concerto of his or her choosing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) The winner is chosen by the judging panel on the night.]
The competition has, over the years, enabled many talented young musicians to gain recognition at an early stage in their professional careers. As part of the first prize, the winner will be invited to perform with the RSNO during the following season. The SIPC winner in 2014, Jonathan Fournel, gave an acclaimed concerto performance as part of the RSNO’s Classic FM’ Concert in February 2015
As a registered charity, the SIPC relies on volunteers to plan and organise the event, look after the competitors during the recital stages, and act as host families during their time in Glasgow However, maintaining the competition’s high standards also requires considerable financial support from individuals, trusts, charitable institutions and corporate bodies.