JMIPC – RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition

The sixth RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition (JMIPC) will take place at the RNCM, Manchester, UK from Monday 26 November – Saturday 1 December 2018.

This major biennial event offers an all-round learning experience for young pianists under 30 from all over the world. We are delighted to be joined by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and conductor Robert Spano, who will accompany the soloists in the competition final in the RNCM Concert Hall – which will be recorded for broadcast on Classic FM.

There is a substantial prize fund including a first prize of £10,000, and the chance to gain a scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music – home to a leading piano department. Travel bursaries are available to shortlisted participants who live outside of Europe.

All participants will receive invaluable learning opportunities: those who do not progress to the next stage of the competition will be given the opportunity to take part in a public masterclass given by a jury member during their time in Manchester.

Who was James Mottram?

The RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition was inaugurated in 2008 thanks to a generous bequest from the late James Mottram. Mr Mottram was born in March 1930 in Stockport, Cheshire and studied Psychology at the University of Oxford. In 1961, he took up the post of lecturer in the School of Politics and Contemporary History at Salford University, before taking early retirement in 1982. Mr Mottram was a keen piano enthusiast, and particularly enjoyed the works of Scarlatti, Chopin and Debussy. It was his lifetime ambition to see an international piano competition staged in Manchester to celebrate the music of his favourite composers, and to provide a platform for the next generation of talented pianists.


Thanks to our Media Partner, Classic FM and our Event Partner, Yamaha.

2018 Competitors

This year’s competition attracted 93 applications from all over the world. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. We are delighted to announce the names of the applicants who have been shortlisted to compete in the sixth RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition:

Julie Alcaraz

Anaïs Cassiers

Jenny Chen

Chang Hwan Choi

Shaun Choo

Anna Denisova

Ryan Drucker

Ran Feng

Fransisco José García Verdú

Simeon Goshev

Knut Hanssen

Benedek Horváth

Luke Jones

Hikaru Kanki

Kyunghoon Kim

Hyesu Lee

Dzianis Linnik

Yuan Liu

Audrey Lonca-Alberto

Mary Ogawa

Anna Pismak

Itamar Prag

Yangyang Ruan

Elizaveta Ukrainskaia

Charissa Vandikas

Alan Woo

Hao Zi Yoh

Qian Yong

Xizi Zhang

Noah Zhou

This year’s shortlisted applicants are from Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, UK, and USA.

Attending as An Audience Member

If you are interested in attending the events as an audience member, please click here to visit our event page.

Meet the Jury Members