CORDELIA Wiliams, former piano winner of the BBC Young Musicians of the Year, scooped first prize in the annual Norah Sande Award.
Cordelia, 23, received a cheque for £3000 and the opportunity to perform in a recital later in the year.
Twelve semi-finalists performed a 20 minute programme on July 9 before a prestigious adjudication panel, Ruth Gerald, Timothy Barratt and David Patrick – all keyboard exponents of international repute. Three were chosen to perform a full recital programme incorporating classical, romantic and contemporary pieces the following day. The three finalists were all students of the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Jamie Bergin, whose skills have been documented in a Channel 4 programme, was runner-up and received a cheque for £1000. Third place and a cheque for £500 was awarded to John Paul Ekins who won first prize in the Christopher Duke Piano Competition and the Cattermole Award at the Stratford Festival.
The award winner will be giving a recital on November 18 at the Birley Centre. Details of the recital and the next competition will soon be available on www.sande-award.co.uk