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The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is back.

40 of the world’s best young concert pianists compete for a title that could launch their careers. Hand-picked from almost 250 entries, they come from 18 countries, over 10 days, they will each attempt to convince the international jury of experts that they should receive the ultimate accolade.

Accompanied by the Southbank Sinfonia in the semi-finals and the full forces of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the finals, these virtuosic young musicians will perform some of the greatest music for piano ever written.  And you can catch every note, in person or online.

Stage One:

In the first round, all 40 competitors perform extracts from the two concertos they have chosen, accompanied by a second pianist.

Day passes are available for all stage 1 sessions. These are free, thanks to the generous support of the Isabel Blackman Foundation – but please book in the normal way through the box office.

Thursday 22 February 

Morning 1       10:00

Morning 2       11:50

Afternoon 1     14:30

Afternoon 2     16:20

Evening           18:30

 

Friday 23 February                 

Morning 1       10:00

Morning 2       11:50

Afternoon 1     14:30

Afternoon 2     16:20

Evening           18:30

 

Saturday 24 February            

Morning 1       10:00

Morning 2       11:50

Afternoon 1     14:30

Afternoon 2     16:20

Evening           18:30

Stage Two:

These are the solo rounds. Twenty competitors will each give a short solo recital, which will include a new piece, specially commissioned for the competition, by Lera Auerbach.

Day passes are free, thanks to the generous support of the Isabel Blackman Foundation, but should be booked in the normal way through the box office.

Sunday 25 February

Morning 1       10:30

Afternoon 1     13:30

Afternoon 2     16:00

Evening           17:45

Monday 26 February             

Morning 1       10:30

Afternoon 1     13:30

Afternoon 2     16:00

Evening           17:45

Semi finals:

10 competitors will be chosen to compete in the semi finals, accompanied by the Southbank Sinfonia.

Wednesday 28 February 2024, 2pm & 6pm

Thursday 29 February 2024, 5pm

Tickets £10 per session (unreserved)

Under 18s –  free

Schools & other groups – free

All 3 semi-finals – £25

The finals:

The finals – accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – take place over two nights. Three finalists perform on Friday evening, and the remaining two on the Saturday. These two performances will be followed by a short recital by the 2022 winner, Shunta Morimoto, while the judges make their decision, and then the prize-giving ceremony.

Friday 1 March, 7pm

Saturday 2 March, 6pm

Ticket prices

£17.50, £22, £29.50

Both finals – £49.50 (best seats only)

All semi finals and both finals (best seats only) – £65

Under 18s, students: half price

 

www.hastingsinternationalpiano.org

 

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