Purcell Pianist Triumphs at Ealing Festival

Following last week’s feature about Year 7 pianist Michael’s recent competition success, we were delighted to hear that he has also been awarded First Place and the Gold Medal in the Contemporary Solo (aged 11 and under) category at the Ealing Festival for Music, Dance, Speech and Drama.

Michael performed the contemporary piece ‘In Struga’, which was written in 2008 by the Macedonian composer Pande Shahov. Pande Shahov is Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music and personally gave this piece to Michael.

Congratulations to Michael, who studies at Purcell under Ilya Kondratiev.


Purcell Pianists Romanian Debut

On Wednesday 15th May, Year 9 pianist Kevin made his concerto debut in Romania. He performed two movements of the Grieg Piano Concerto in Iași, accompanied by the Master Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Virgil Popa. The performance was awarded to Kevin as a direct result of his triumph in the Elite Musicians International Competition last year, when he won one of the concerto prizes. This win was particularly significant because it was from across the entire piano section, taking in all age categories, meaning that Kevin was competing at conservatoire level!

Kevin studies at Purcell under Florian Mitrea, who was in the audience and commented that it was a ‘marvellous occasion!’.

Congratulations to Kevin. Here’s to many more stunning performances.