RNCM Pianists Win Brant Prizes

RNCM undergraduate Ugnius Pauliukonis and alumnus Slava Sidorenko have won second and third prize in the 33rd Robert William and Florence Amy Brant Piano Competition held in Birmingham last month.

The annual event was founded by Gladys Brant in memory of her parents, and later her brother who was killed in action during the Second World War. It is open to pianists aged 18 to 28 residing in Great Britain.

Second year student Ugnius, who won second prize and £2000, performed Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D784, Scriabin’s Duex Poemes Op 32 and Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasy Op 61, while Slava, who graduated in 2010 with an International Artists Diploma in Solo Performance, won third prize and £1000 with a performance of Haydn’s Sonata No 59 in E flat XV14, Rachmaninov’s Sonata No 2 in B flat Op 36 and Marc-Andre Hamelin’s Etude No 6 Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti.

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4 July 2012