The 1972 Competition
  1. Murray Perahia (United States)

  2. Craig Sheppard (United States)

  3. Eugene Indjic (United States)

  • Chairman: The Rt Hon Lord Boyle of Handsworth

  • Artur Balsam

  • Nadia Boulanger

  • Halina Czerny-StefaÅ„ska

  • Valentin Gheorghiu

  • Peter Gould

  • Sir Charles Groves

  • Ingrid Haebler

  • Geneviève Joy

  • Raymond Leppard

  • Nikita Magaloff

  • Béla Siki

  • First Stage

    Candidates must offer one from each group:

    Group 1

    Haydn: Sonata in E flat, Hob. XVI No. 52

    Mozart: Sonata in B flat, K. 333

    Sonata in A min, K. 310

    Sonata in C min, K. 457

    Beethoven: Sonata in B flat, Op. 22

    Sonata in E flat, Op. 27 No. 1

    Sonata in G, Op. 31 No. 1

    Sonata in D min, Op. 31 No. 2

    Sonata in E flat, Op. 31 No. 3

    Group 2

    Chopin: Fantasie in F min, Op. 49

    Barcarolle in F sharp, Op. 60

    Polonaise-fantasie in A flat, Op. 61

    Polonaise in F sharp min, op. 44

    Ballade No. 2 in F, Op. 38

    Ballade No. 4 in F min, Op. 52

    Group 3

    Scarlatti: One sonata

    Debussy: One of the 12 Études

    Bartók: One of the 3 Studies, Op. 18

  • Second Stage

    Candidates must offer one from each group:

    Group 1

    Bach: Partita in E min

    Beethoven: ‘Eroica’ Variations, Op. 35

    Sonata in E, Op. 109

    Sonata in A flat, Op. 110

    Sonata in C min, Op. 111

    Schubert: Sonata in E flat, Op. 122

    ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy, Op. 15

    Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

    Sonata in F sharp min, Op. 11

    Liszt: Sonata in B min

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

    Franck: Prélude, Choral et Fugue

    Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit

    Group 2

    Bartók: Sonata (1926)

    Copland: Variations (1930)

    Falla: Fatasia Baetica

    Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3

    Stravinsky: Sonata (1924)

    Tippett: Sonata No. 2

    Webern: Variations,Op. 27

  • Semi Final

    Part 1

    Competitors are free to choose their own programmes, which may Include one piece previously played by them in the Competition.

    Part 2

    Competitors must choose one of the following concertos to be played with the chamber section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Bach D min, Mozart E flat, K. 449 A maj, K. 414

  • Final Stage

    Each finalist will play one of the following concertos with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Groves:


    No.3 in C min

    No.4 in G

    No.5 in E flat


    No.1 in D min


    No.1 in E min


    No.1 in G min


    No.3 in D min


    A min

Career Highlights
  • Murray Perahia
    Murray Perahia (United States) - 1st Prize

    In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South East Asia.

  • Craig Sheppard
    Craig Sheppard (United States) - 2nd Prize

    Professor of Piano, Craig Sheppard, joined the faculty of the School of Music of the University of Washington in 1993 after living twenty years in London. Known for his ebullience and passion at the keyboard, allied to a technical mastery and deep commitment to both scholarly and historic perspectives, Sheppard continues to enjoy a highly successful international concert career that has spanned more than forty years

  • Eugene Indjic
    Eugene Indjic (United States) - 3rd Prize

    Indjic continues to play regularly on great world stages such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Musikverein, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Tchaikovsky Hall and La Scala. His discography includes works by Chopin, Debussy and Schumann (now all re-issued by the Andante Spianato label) as well as works by Stravinsky and Beethoven. His recording of Chopin’s Mazurkas was doubly acclaimed because of the Joyce Hatto hoax. The English pianist signed her name to this disc and received rave reviews.

    In addition to performing, Indjic regularly teaches master classes in Europe – notably at the historic Schola Cantorum in Paris – Japan and the United States, and is a frequent jury member of international competitions. In 2010, he was named “artist-in-residence” at the Prague Symphony Orchestra.