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Following four days of competitions, concerts and workshops the Wales International Piano Festival came to a close on a high note on Monday evening (2nd May) with Belgian pianist Yulia Vershinina being named the winner of the Senior Piano Solo Competition. Yulia who studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester was awarded the main prize of £2,000 donated by Roberts of Port Dinorwic.

Hungarian Domonkos Csabay was the winner of the competition for piano accompanists. The prize was £1250 donated by the Sickle Foundation. Domonkos is currently studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

17 year old Callum McLachlan from Stockport who is a student at Chetham’s School of Music won the Junior Piano Solo Competition 1st prize of £700 supported by piano tutors of the Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias Music Centre.

The festival organised by Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias Music Centre and directed by pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones was held in Galeri, Caernarfon from 29 April – 2 May.

Congratulations to all pianists on their success!

Senior Piano Solo Competition

1st Yulia Vershinina (Belgium)
Three finalists: William Bracken (England), Adam Davies (England) Domonkos Csabay (Hungary)

Junior Solo Piano Competition

1st Callum McLachlan (England)
2nd Lauren Zhang (America)
3rd William Bracken (England)
Finalists: Tomos Boyles (Wales) Ellis Thomas (Wales)

Piano Accompanists Competition

1st Domonkos Csabay (Hungary)
2nd Ana Monteiro (Portugal)
3rd Hsuan-Yu (Dewi) Liu (Taiwan)

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