Exclusive: English pianist, 16, scoops Long Thibaud finals

Exclusive: English pianist, 16, scoops Long Thibaud finals


norman lebrecht

October 25, 2015

Julian Trevelyan has made it to the finals of the Long-Thibaud-Crespin competition.

The other finalists are:

Madoka Fukami, 27, Japan

Daria Kisleva, 26, Russian

Kaoro Jitsukawa, 26, Japan

and Hyeon Park Joo, 27, South Korea.

Julian will play the Bartok 3rd concerto in the final on Tuesday – by far the most challenging of the five pieces.

The jury is headed by Stephen Kovacevich.

julian trevelyan


  • Neil says:

    Fact check in 30 seconds.

    I counted 8 concertos to choose from.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Concerto No 24 in C minor K 491
    Ludwig van Beethoven : Concerto No 3 op. 37
    Frédéric Chopin : Concerto No 2 in F minor op. 21
    Robert Schumann : Concerto op. 54
    César Franck : Variations Symphoniques
    Maurice Ravel : Concerto in G
    Serge Prokofiev : Concerto No 1 op.10
    Béla Bartók : Concerto No 3 Sz.119

    • RW2013 says:

      Yes, I think we have to define “challenging”.

      • Philip Amos says:

        I heartily agree. Unless blood left on the keyboard is the only criterion, I should myself regard three of the EIGHT concertos as more challenging: Mozart, Schumann, and Ravel. To deem the Bartok “…by far the most challenging…” is, I suspect, to have a very limited notion of the term ‘technique’, albeit a very common notion. It is, of course, arguable, but I lit upon the three works I mention because they are ones that demand and reveal, or not, a far greater range of technical demands in the true sense. To a large degree, Bartok and Prokofiev let the pianist off the hook in that regard. In a way I’m pleased, but also a bit puzzled as to why the Franck is in the list. In addition to the physical technical gamut, there is a huge problem of structure to be resolved there. I’d be especially interested in hearing anyone who chose that work — rather brave, I should say.

  • debussyste says:

    Auditions are not broadcasted like in the Tchaïkovsky, Chopin, Rubinstein (and so on) competitions ! Electricity has not come yet in France …

    Good luck for the british candidate. I hope he will prove better than the boring Mr Ullman !

  • Jeffrey Swann says:

    As someone who has often performed 7 of the 8 Concerti (I don’t play the Prokofiev 1st), I have to say that the Bartok 3rd seems the easiest to me, both technically and interpretively. If it had been the Bartok 1st or 2nd, that would be radically different!
    Nevertheless it is a beautiful work, and I wish him much good luck with it.

  • Emil says:

    Of course, it is “Exclusive” news, even though it is publicly available facts announced by the Competition.