RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition

Applications are open for the 2016 James Mottram International Piano Competition (JMIPC) which takes place at the RNCM between 28 November and 3 December.

Now in its fifth year, the competition is open to pianists under the age of 30 from around the world who have the opportunity to mix performing on the concert platform with a series of masterclasses given by a distinguished international jury. This year’s panel comprises Vovka Ashkenazy (Iceland/Russia), Jin Ju (PR China), Alexey Lebedev (Russia/Germany), Jerome Lowenthal (USA), John O’Conor (Ireland), Noriko Ogawa (Japan), Graham Scott (UK) and Vladimir Tropp (Russia).


Once again the competition has the support of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) and media partner Classic FM. All early rounds and masterclasses are free to the public, before the three finalists perform a concerto with the RLPO and conductor Vasily Petrenko at the end of the week.

The RNCM JMIPC has been made possible thanks to a bequest from the late James Mottram with a specific instruction ‘to encourage and reward skill in performing at the keyboard the music of Domenico Scarlatti, Chopin and Debussy’. The competition winner will be awarded a £10,000 First Prize, with second and third place receiving £5000 and £2500 respectively. A prize for the audience’s favourite performance in the competition’s Concerto Final will also be awarded.

Applications are open until Monday 3 October and all successful applicants will be notified before Monday 17 October. Full details of the application process can be found here.

18 August 2016