The Trinity Piano Festival took place last week with 110 students taking part in a series of lunchtime concerts in the circus. The festival opened with Head of School Alex Salama, and featured performances from every age and grade, with European Powerlifting Champion Hannah Karpal also impressing on the keys.  

Students were selected from three categories based on their grade (0-3, 4-6, 7-8) and invited to perform in the Piano Competition on Monday. 

This year’s festival also included internationally renowned virtuoso pianists Peter Donohoe who gave an astonishing recital alongside Trinity Alumni and Steinway Artist, Karl Lutchmayer. This was the first time both Steinway Concert Grands were alongside each other in the Trinity Concert Hall, for what was the most astonishing recital Trinity has presented to date. The featured work was Busoni’s virtuosic masterpiece,  Contrappuntistica for 2 pianos which thoroughly deserved the rapturous applause and standing ovation by the delighted audience. 

On Wednesday the festival presented Nigel Clayton and Imma Setiadi in a four hands piano recital in the Recital Hall. Titled Quo Vadis, this imaginative programme took us on a musical journey through one’s daily life and served a wonderful array of imaginative and thoughtful works, with narration by Daniel Todd and soundscapes by former pupil, Edward Warner. 

Nigel Clayton

The festival ended on Monday with a brilliant recital by this year’s Trinity-Steinway Scholar Zain Lam, performing works by Liszt, Prokofiev and Debussy. This was followed by the Piano Competition, adjudicated by Andrew Zolinsky, professor at the Royal College of Music. 

The following students were selected as prize winners and will perform at Steinway Hall, London early next term. 

 Grades 0-3 

  1. Oliver Michael 
  2. Henry Pettitt 
  3. Jamie Hung 

Highly Commended  Felix Goodacre 

Grades 4-6 

  1. Thomas Price-Harries 
  2. Eddy Watson 
  3. Thomas Pickles 

Highly Commended  Sebastian Heitz 

Grades 7-8      

  1. Ellis Gates 
  2. Joshua Lai 
  3. Georges Wright 

Highly Commended Lucian Joshi     

Congratulations to all who took part for making this year’s festival so successful. 

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