Two ex-Purcellians have won First Prize in their age categories in the prestigious 2013 International Piano Competition Lagny-sur-Marne in France.  

Alexander Ullman (pictured) came away with four prizes: First Prize, The City of Lagny Prize, The Audience Prize, and The Student Prize in Category B (for pianists up to 30 years old).  21 year-old Alexander was at The Purcell School from 2002-2009 and is currently studying at the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia.

12 year-old George Harliono-Evans won First Prize in Categroy A, (for pianists up to 15 years old).

The pair received high praise from the panel of adjudicators: Pascal Nemirovski, Royal Academy of Music London, Ariele Butaux, France Musique Radio, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Cleveland Institute, USA, Beatrice Quoniam-Chauvel, Director of the Competition, France and Ting Zhou, Head of Piano, Middle School Shanghai Conservatory, China.

Congratulations to them both!