Arrival Of A Rare Talent
News - date posted 28/04/11
The winner of the Scottish International Piano Competition, sponsored for a number of years by the Faculty of Advocates, has received a rare accolade in the world of classical music.
Oxana Shevchenko has been awarded the "Editor's Choice" in April's Gramophone magazine, almost unprecedented for a debut album.
Over the years, the Faculty has provided both financial and artistic backing for the SIPC which is based in Glasgow and part of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.
In 2001 and 2004 Lord Weir chaired the committee choosing the jury and setting the regulations and repertoire and he was succeeded in 2007 and 2010 by James McNeill QC.
Alan Dewar QC, Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates, said: "The Faculty was pleased to be able to sponsor the Piano Competition again and we are delighted that the competition has led to recording success for Oxana."
SIPC Chairman Liz Cameron said: "The Scottish International Piano Competition attracts a wide range of outstanding young pianists from across the world. The SIPC Board appreciates the support which the Faculty of Advocates gives to this triennial event, ensuring that Scotland remains on the international map of prestigious music competitions."
Mr McNeill said: "There have been nine competitions since 1986 but 2010 saw one of the most astonishing. Oxana Shevchenko was the undoubted winner of the first prize, but, uniquely among piano competitions in the World Federation of International music Competitions, the Scottish was able in 2010 to include in the first prize a recording with Delphian Records.
"That recording (which was completed in two days) was made, released in early December 2010 and in the Gramophone of April 2011, has been accorded the accolade of "Editor's Choice, something almost unheard of in debut discs."
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