This year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition was won by 25-year-old Russian pianist Roman Kosyakov with a magnificent performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1.
A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory who now studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Kosyakov was presented with a cheque for £15,000 and a guaranteed soloist appearance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus the opportunity to play a concerto in the USA and a number of other concerts in Britain. He also won the £500 Orchestra Prize as voted by the RPO.
The two-part final, which took place on Friday and Saturday night, was hosted this year by the genial Bill Turnbull, formerly a stalwart of BBC Breakfast Television and now a presenter for Classic FM. He also awarded the prizes.
There were brilliant performances from all six of the finalists, who are among the finest young concert pianists in the world. They were playing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who won rapturous applause from the enthusiastic audience.
Fifth place went to Rixiang Huang (23) from China who played Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major S.124.
Sixth place was taken by Kyoungsun Park (25) from South Korea with Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73