The 1963 Competition
  1. Michael Roll (United Kingdom)

  2. Vladimir Krainev (Russian Federation)

  3. Sebastien Risler (France)

  4. Armenta Adams (United States)

  • Chairman: Sir Arthur Bliss, Master of the Queen's Music

  • Hans Keller

  • Géza Anda

  • Paul Badura-Skoda

  • Jacob Flier

  • Barbara Hesse-Bukowska

  • Paul Hubbard

  • Yvonne Lefébure

  • Nikita Magaloff

  • John Pritchard

  • First Stage

    Candidates must offer one from each group:

    Group 1

    Beethoven: Sonata in C, Op. 53 (‘Waldstein’)

    Sonata in D min, Op. 31 No. 2

    Sonata in F min, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’)

    Group 2

    Bach: Italian Concerto

    Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor (Bk. 1 No. 8)

    Group 3

    Chopin: Etude No. 4 in C sharp minor (Bk. 1)

    Etude No. 8 in F (Bk. 1)

    Etude No. 5 in E min (Bk. 2)

    Etude No. 11 in A min (Bk. 2)

  • Second Stage

    Candidates must offer one from each group:

    Group 1

    Mozart: Fantasy in C min, K. 475

    Sonata in C min, K. 457

    Beethoven: Sonata in C min, Op. 111

    Chopin: Sonata in B flat min, Op. 35

    Schumann: Sonata in G min, Op. 22

    Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24

    Group 2

    Liszt: Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses)

    Les jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este (Années de Pèlerinage, Book 3)

    La campanella (Paganini Studies)

    Debussy: Feux d’artifice (Préludes, Bk. 2)

    L’isle joyeuse

    Ravel: Jeux d’eau

    Alborado del gracioso (Miroirs)

    Albéniz: El Puerto (Iberia)

    Group 3

    Bartók: Suite, Op. 14

    Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in A min

    Stravinsky: Sonata (1924)

    Schoenberg: 3 Piano Pieces, Op. 11

    Group 4

    Britten: Night Piece (specially commissioned for the 1963 competition)

  • Semi Final

    Each competitor is free to choose this programme, which may include one previously played by him or her in the Competition.

  • Final Stage

    Each finalist will play one of the following concertos with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Pritchard:


    D min, K. 466

    C, K. 503

    B flat, K. 595


    No. 3 in C min

    No. 4 in G

    No. 5 in E flat


    A min


    No. 1 in E flat

    No. 2 in A


    No. 1 in B flat min

Career Highlights
  • Michael Roll
    Michael Roll (United Kingdom) - 1st Prize

    His engagements later this year which coincide with the 50th anniversary of his Leeds win include concerto performances in Budapest and Nuremburg and also a return to the London Philharmonic. Furthermore he will appear in Wigmore Hall’s International Piano Series in London in 2015/16.

  • Sebastien Risler
    Sebastien Risler (France) - 3rd Prize

    Risler has appeared worldwide either as a solo artist, with orchestra or in chamber music. He has given numerous concerts with fellow musicians, including Heinz Holliger, in Austria, Germany and Paris. He is also a founder member of the Ensemble Contrechamps which specialises in contemporary music and twentieth-century classical music and with which he has made numerous recordings. At present, he teaches the piano at the Haute Ecole de Musique of the Geneva Conservatoire.