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RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition Concerto Final

RNCM Concert Hall, 3 December 2016

Clement Lefebvre

Our departure from Europe has been much exaggerated.

Clement Lefebvre won the competition, taking first prize from the international jury and the audience prize as well. Florian Mitrea came second and Daumants Liepins took third.

The concert itself, wherein each of the three finalists played alongside the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, was a dazzling affair. We heard Mozart’s Piano Concertos 20 and 21 (from Daumants Liepins and Florian Mitrea respectively) and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 (Clement Lefebvre). Each performance was received with fulsome, fraternal enthusiasm.

This Concerto Final was the climax of the fifth James Mottram International Piano Competition, a week-long event which attracted and showcased the talents of the best young pianists on the planet. They came from all over, including from Europe, as was plain to see. Long may it continue, until Brexit and beyond.