Ricardo Castro (Brazil)
Leon McCawley (United Kingdom)
Mark Anderson (United States)
Filippo Gamba (Italy)
Maxim Philippov (Russian Federation)
Margarita Shevchenko (Russian Federation)
Chairman: Dame Fanny Waterman OBE
JosÃ© Francisco Alonso
Michael Gough Williams
Harold C Schonberg
The competitor will play one work from the following list together with one or more works of his or her own choice to a maximum overall time of 40 minutes.
Partita No. 2 in C min, BWV 826
Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828
English Suite No. 2 in A min, BWV 807
Aria variata all maniera italiana in A min, BWV989
Sonata in A flat, HXVI/46
Sonata in E flat, HXVI/49
Sonata in C, HXVI/50
Sonata in F, K. 332
Sonata in C min, K. 457
Sonata in F, K. 533/494
Sonata in B flat, K. 570
Sonata in E flat, Op. 7
Sonata in D, Op. 10 No. 3
Sonata in C min (‘PathÃ©tique’), Op. 13
Sonata in E flat, Op. 27 No. 1
Sonata in G, Op. 31 No. 1
Sonata in C (‘Waldstein’), Op. 53
Sonata in E flat, Op. 81a
Sonata in A, Op. 101
Sonata in E, Op. 109
Sonata in A flat, Op. 110
Sonata in C min, Op. 111
Variations and Fugue in E flat on a Theme from Prometheus, Op. 35
The competitor will play one work from the following list together with one or more works of his or her own choice to a maximum overall time of 55 minutes. The recital may not include a work previously performed by the competitor in the First Stage:
‘Wanderer’ Fantasy in C, D760
Sonata in A min, D845
Sonata in C min, D958
Sonata in A, D959
4 Impromptus, D935
12 Etudes, Op. 10
12 Etudes, Op. 25
24 Preludes, Op. 28
Sonata in B flat min, Op. 35
Sonata in B min, Op. 58
Carnaval, Op. 9
Humoreske, Op. 20
Fantasie in C, Op. 17
‘Transcendental’ Etudes Nos. 9, 10, 11 and 12
Sonata No. 3 in F min, Op. 5
4 Ballades, Op. 10
Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op.24
Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (both Books)
Sonata No. 2 in B flat min, Op. 36
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
A recital programme of the Competitor’s own choice lasting approximately 75 minutes which must include a substantial work composed in the Twentieth Century (other than a work by Rachmaninoff) but may not include a work previously performed by the competitor in the First or Second Stages.
Each of the six finalists will play one of the following concertos with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle:
C, K. 467
E flat, K. 482
C, K. 503
No.1 in C, Op. 15
No.2 in B flat, Op. 19
No.3 in C min, Op. 37
No.4 in G, Op. 58
No.5 in E flat, Op. 73
No.1 in D min, Op. 15
No.2 in B flat, Op. 83
No.2, Sz. 95
No.3, Sz. 119
No.3 in D min, Op. 30
No.4 in G min, Op. 40
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
No.1 in D flat, Op. 10
No.3 in C, Op. 26
Considered a "Marketing Dream" by the British press after winning the Leeds Competition he was invited to concerts with major orchestras such as the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, Tonhalle Zurich, BBC London Philharmonic, English Chamber, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Mozarteum of Salzburg. Concerts followed in the most prestigious concert halls. In 2003 began a piano duo with Maria JoÃ£o Pires and together they gave a series of recitals in the major concert halls of Europe. Despite this brilliant path, Ricardo Castro defines himself as less interested in his solo career, preferring to perform in cooperative concerts. "Music is also an art to communicate with the public and between musicians" he said in an interview.
Ricardo Castro has taught since 1992 in the master degree class at HEMU - Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg in Switzerland, where he works with an exclusive group of young professional pianists. In 2013 he became the first Brazilian to receive the Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society, figuring since beside famous personalities in the history of Western music.
Notable recitals in past seasons include the London Piano Series at the Wigmore Hall in London, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus in Berlin, Frick Collection New York, Kumho Recital Hall in Seoul and Rudolfinum in Prague. He can be frequently heard on BBC Radio 3 both in performance and interview; 2013 broadcasts included Wigmore Hall Lunchtime Series, Perth Concert Hall and Hay Festival. As a concerto soloist, McCawley performs with many of the leading British and has performed five times at BBC Proms. Further afield, McCawley has made concerto appearances with, amongst others, Adelaide Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Vienna Symphony and worked with conductors such as Mark Elder, Daniele Gatti, Paavo JÃ¤rvi, Andrew Litton, Kurt Masur, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo and Simon Rattle.
A keen chamber musician, he has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with a range of ensembles and musicians at many prestigious concert venues. Leon McCawley is professor of piano at London's Royal College of Music.
Mark Anderson is currently Assistant Professor in Piano and Chamber Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Since beginning this position at UBC, he quickly established himself as a serious and committed instructor at the highest level for undergrad and graduate students through the DMA level. Elsewhere, Mark Anderson has become one of America’s most respected pianists. Anderson now enjoys a list of rewarding engagements as recording artist, soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
In addition to recording and performing, Anderson is the executive director of New World Music Academy in Pleasanton, California and teachers at the academy in June and July each year.
Gamba has given recitals at many notable festivals, been invited to play in several well-known concert halls of Europe (including: ThÃ©Ã¢tre des Champs Ã‰lysÃ©es, Berlin Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw and Hanover’s NDR-Saal) and has performed with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Cologne WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Winterthur Musikkollegium, the City of Birmingham Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic. Filippo Gamba has made studio recordings for French Radio, Bremen Radio, Italian Radio and other prominent broadcasting organizations. He recorded two CDs for Sony with the violinist Niimura and five CDs with LOL Production. Recently he recorded for DECCA all Beethoven’s Bagatelles He has held masterclasses for the Bachauer Foundation, the Music of Southern Nevada, the Asolo Musica, the Oxford Philomusica and is currently a Professor at the Musik-Akademie in Basel
Mr. Philippov has performed recitals throughout his native Russia, Europe, and North America, highlighted by appearances at important concert venues such as the Gasteig in Munich, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
A former pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, Mr. Philippov now resides in Moscow, where he is assistant professor of piano at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Shevchenko is currently on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music as a visiting professor. She has been elected to serve as a judge for both international and national piano competitions. Ms. Shevchenko regularly appears in concerts all over the world and teaches masterclasses.