The final of this year’s Trinity-Steinway Scholarship competition took place on Wednesday night at the Royal College of Music, London.

Ming-Ho Cheung, Alex Salama and Ed Warner had been selected to perform for Professor Vanessa Latarche, Head of Keyboard at the prestigious institution and were greeted on arrival by her and Alim Beisembayev, the recent winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition.

The three pianists performed to the highest standards we have yet to see at Trinity, demonstrating technical brilliance but with a compelling musicality and expressiveness way beyond their years. They were truly outstanding. Professor Latarche decided on Ed Warner as this year’s winner but commented “the standard of playing this year has been extraordinary and any of the three finalists would have been worthy winners of this wonderful scholarship”.

The Trinity-Steinway Scholarship is a unique award and a collaboration between Trinity, Steinway & Sons and the Royal College of Music. The £1000 award funds lessons with Professor Latarche and allows attendance at the Mallorca International Piano Festival, plus recitals in Venice and at Steinway Hall. It’s an award that gives our pianists a real insight into the world of professional musicians, opening the door to conservatoire education and opportunity.


“I am immensely proud of all the finalists this evening, it has been quite an extraordinary event and the standard of musicianship has been truly outstanding. Many congratulations to Ed who will be a great ambassador for piano playing at Trinity this year.”

Richard Evans, Head of Piano

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