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Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition 2014

Twelve Semi-Finalists have been selected to compete in the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition 2014 Finals weekend.

NOTTINGHAM, July 7th/NIJPC/Clement Pianos.

After many hours of listening to all the entry CD’s, the adjudication panel of the NIJPC 2014 have selected the twelve young pianists that will compete in the Sem-Finals on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October 2014.

The 2014 Semi-Finalists are:

Antonio Truyols, American, aged 24
Billy Test, American, aged 25
Claudio Vignali, Italian, aged 28
Gil Scott Chapman, American, aged 24
Jakub Pluzek, Polish, aged 26
Krisztian Olah, Hungarian, aged 18
Mario Rafael, Hungarian, aged 24
Michal Gozdek, Polish, aged 28
Michal Wierba, Polish, aged 28
Papuna Sharikadze, Georgian, aged 17
Sorin Zlat, Romanian, aged 29
Tom Hewson, English, aged 29

All the pianists will be arriving in Nottingham by Friday 3rd October ready for the first Semi-Final rounds on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October. Six pianists will perform each evening at Nottingham Trent University, ‘The Old Library’, The Arkwright Building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham. NG1 5LT from 6pm. The judges then select just four pianists to perform in the Grand Final on Sunday 5th October at the Nottingham Albert Hall, North Circus Street, Nottingham, NG1 5AA from 4pm. Main sponsor of the Competition Bösendorfer will be supplying a concert grand piano for the pianists to perform on in all rounds.

The winner will be selected after all pianists have performed. Their prize includes a series of gigs at some of the most prestigious jazz venues in the world including Ronnie Scott’s, 606 Club and Jazzland (Vienna) as well as a recording session, interview and feature on the cover mount CD of The Pianist Magazine and winners plaque.

Tickets for the Finals weekend are now on sale and are available from the Competition web site; or from Clement Pianos, 221 Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2BY. Tickets prices are £5.00 for each Semi-Final and £7.50 for the Grand Final when purchased in advance.

One of the Competition organisers, Mick Wilson of Clement Pianos said ‘We are very pleased with the range of nationalities and ages that will be coming to Nottingham to perform in the Semi-Finals. The Finals weekend promises to be a very exciting event and gives the people of Nottingham and surrounding areas a chance to see some of the world’s greatest young jazz pianists and stars of the future’.

The NIJPC was established in 2008 by Clement Pianos to help young jazz pianists showcase their talents to a wider audience and develop their jazz careers.

Contact Information

NIJPC 2014
Clement Pianos
Clement House
221 Lenton Boulevard 
NG7 2BY 
Tel: 0115 9701106