Newbury Spring Festival
Presented by: The Sheepdrove Trust
The Sheepdrove Recital Competition Final

Sheepdrove, Lambourn

The Sheepdrove
Piano Competition Final

Sunday 15th May, Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, Lambourn
3.00pm (ends approx 5.45pm)
£20 unreserved seating, includes afternoon tea








Press Release 16/05/2016



After a weekend of closed and open heats on the afternoon of Sunday 15th May Daniel Petricia Ciobanu was awarded the £2000 Kindersley Prize for winning the 2016 Sheepdrove Piano Competition.

The competition final which this year had an emphasis on the works of Ravel and his contemporaries was judged by a distinguished panel of jurors including Noriko Ogawa, Franҫoise Clerc, Mikhail Kasakevich, David Whelton and Mark Eynon. Runner up prizes were awarded to Anna Szalucka, Arisa Onada and Alexander Ullman.

The Sheepdrove Piano Competition, now in its 8th year, is an important part of the Newbury Spring Festival and is held at the Sheepdrove Eco Centre, Lambourn. The competition is open to piano students from all the major UK conservatories and was founded in 2009 by the Sheepdrove Trust under the patronage of Sir Roger Norrington.

Mark Eynon Festival Director said “The Sheepdrove Piano Competition continues to be central to the Newbury Spring Festival’s commitment to support and launch a new generation of young artists. This year’s finalists have all shown extraordinary talent and Daniel Petricia Ciobanu is destined for a great career”



Come and hear the best international piano students drawn from all the major UK conservatoires – and cast your vote for the audience prize!


Now in its eighth year, this important piano competition, under the patronage of Sir Roger Norrington and funded by the Sheepdrove Trust, is open to candidates aged 26 and under from the eight major UK music colleges, and attracts young pianists of the highest standard from around the world.


The competition final, which this year has an emphasis on Ravel and his French contemporaries, takes place in the tranquil setting of Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre on the Lambourn Downs. The winner will also perform a solo recital in the Corn Exchange on Monday 16th May as part of the Festival’s established Young Artists Lunchtime Recital Series.


Francoise Clerc, Head of Classical and Contemporary Music, Institut Français London and Director of ‘It’s All About Piano’ Festival Mark Eynon Director, Newbury Spring Festival Mikhail Kazakevich Russian pianist and Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance Noriko Ogawa Japanese pianist, presenter and Artist in Residence at Bridgewater Hall David Whelton Managing Director, philharmonic Orchestra


1st Prize: The Kindersley Prize of £2,000
2nd Prize: £1,000 donated by Greenham Common Trust
3rd Prize: £500 donated by the Friends of NSF
4th Prize: £250 donated by an anonymous donor
Audience Prize: £250 donated by an anonymous donor



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