See the future stars of classical music perform in Sussex

This autumn sees the winners of the 2016 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition bringing their talents to a number of Sussex venues throughout September and October.

The ‘Winners’ Tour’ started on Wednesday 21 September as 2016 first prize winner Tzu-Yin Huang from Taiwan performed at Rye Arts Festival. Canada’s Samuel Deason will close the series of events with a recital in Hastings.

St Mary’s Church in Rye had the pleasure of hosting Tzu-Yin Huang’s first performance of the tour with a programme including works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schubert and Ginestra.

In March 2016, Miss Huang won the prestigious Hastings International Piano Competition’s overall first prize with a sublime performance of Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto, ahead of 38 other wonderfully talented finalists from across the world.

Tzu-Yin Huang began playing the piano at the age of four in Taiwan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in piano solo performance and chamber music and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree.  Her talents have been recognised both at home in Taiwan – with success in the NTNU Piano Concerto Competition – and internationally; most recently with her triumph in Hastings earlier this year.

On Saturday 24 September she will play a different selection of piano concerti by the same composers as part of the Fordwych Master Concerts series in West Hampstead, north London. From there, Tzu-Yin heads to the USA to delight an audience on 6 October at Ball State University in Indiana, as one of the star performers taking part in the Arts Alive Concert Series.

In 2009, Canadian pianist Samuel Deason instantly forged a reputation as a ‘distinguished, fearless and versatile musician’ following his concerto debut, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2, as part of Koerner Hall’s inaugural season in Toronto. Since then he has won awards across the USA and Europe, culminating in being a Finalist at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

Therefore, Samuel’s recital of pieces by Rameau, Grieg and Schubert on the evening of Saturday 29 October in the beautiful setting of Fairlight Hall, near Hastings is hotly anticipated.

HIPCC Competition Director and Chairman of the Jury, Frank Wibaut says: “After their success in March, I am delighted to welcome back Tzu-Yin and Samuel. In a way, they are completing the circle and their performances are a wonderful opportunity to see and hear their world-class talents demonstrated in local settings.

The ’Winners Tour’ also serves as a curtain raiser for the 2017 competition – the 13th year of the event – as entries are now open (closing 16 November).

Frank adds: “The competition has roots going back more than a century and today has developed into one of the world’s great piano concerto competitions. Audiences are continuing to grow and with them, some of the finest domestic and international players are increasingly attracted to take part.”

For more information about these concerts and others in the Autumn Recital Series, please visit or call 01424 814 132.


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