The results of the 1st round of the VII. EPTA Iceland piano competition are now available. The secretary of EPTA Iceland was responsible for overseeing and handling of all applications. Members of the Jury of the 1st round were Alexey Lebedev, Aristo Sham og Daumants Liepiņš. The judges appraised the videos of each contestant with points and a brief review in English. The judges only received the following information about each contestant: a name, age/division and works performed. In order to progress to the 2nd round each contestant needed to receive a minimum of 240/3 points = 80 total.
Enclosed is a list of contestants in alphabetical order who were chosen to compete in the 2nd round which will be held in Kaldalón Hall in Harpa on November 24th – 25th 2018.
Þórey María Eyþórsdóttir
Ásta Dóra Finnsdóttir
Eysteinn Ísidór Ólafsson Guðmundur Steinn Markússon
Helga Sigríður Eyþórsdóttir Kolbeins
Ingibjörg Ramos Hilmarsdóttir
Klara Margrét Ívarsdóttir Magnús Stephensen
Anais Bergsdóttir Baldvin Fannar Guðjónsson Björn Helgi Björnsson
The board of EPTA Iceland thanks all contestants and the jury for their participation and wishes them good luck!
Great attendance was at the 3rd. EPTA Inland Conference which was held in Berg concert hall Hljomaholl in cooperation with Reykjanes School of Music January 14th. Around forty piano teachers attended the conference which offered several lectures by Icelandic professionals as well as keynote speaker, Professor Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist who spoke on the subject of preparing students for competitions. The highlight of the conference was the solo recital of Hong Kong-born pianist Aristo Sham who performed a selection of works by Scarlatti, Scriabin, Liszt, Brahms and Barber. It was an honor for EPTA to present such a rising star in the music world to Icelanders and it will be exciting to follow his career.
The review of Principal Haraldsson of Reykjanesbaer Music School about the conference and Mr. Sham´s recital illuminates what a great success the EPTA conference was: “I was well aware of how pleased the conference´s participants were with the lectures and the high standard of the facilities offered by EPTA. I´m happy to have been a part of this event on behalf of my school. The piano recital of Mr. Aristo Sham was absolutely fantastic! It is great and inspiring to observe and listen to such a young virtuoso. An amazingly mature performance with a sensitive and communicative shaping of tone, nuances and atmosphere affected me deeply as it did others in the audience. The board members of EPTA can be extremely proud of this conference.” Another review by Principal Indridadottir of Sigursveins Music School about the conference is also very commending: “The lectures were truly at a very high standard and clearly articulated – the piano recital by Mr. Sham was of course unbelievably great, – I have rarely heard such piano playing!”
EPTA Iceland upcoming Inland conference will be held at Berg concert hall at the Reykjanesbaer School of Music on January 14th 2018. As an upbeat to the upcoming EPTA Iceland piano competition in Harpa on November 24. – 25. 2018 the Inland conference will focus upon “how to prepare students for competitions” with Professor Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist, head of the piano department at Karlstad University´s Ingesund School of Music as keynote speaker. Mustonen-Dahlkvist´s student and rising star pianist Aristo Sham will perform a recital including works by Scarlatti, Liszt, Scriabin, Brahms and Barber as the highlight of the conference.
Other lectures will include the subjects of “teaching rhythmic piano” by Jazz pianist Sunna Gunnlaugsdottir, the Timani method by Bjorg Brjansdottir, “teaching improvisation” by Bjargey Thrudur Ingolfsdottir and “musicians health” by Kari Arnason founder of Reykjavík Art Clinic, specific physio clinic for musicians. The conference is open to all EPTA members, for further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org