Enter the tenth British Contemporary Piano Competition. The deadline for applications is 1 October 2016


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Clive Williamson studied at York University, and the Royal Academy of Music with Ruth Harte. He made his London solo debut in the Purcell Room, in the Young Artists and Twentieth Century Music series run by the Park Lane Group. Since then he has played as soloist at all of the major London concert halls, and many other venues throughout the UK and in Europe. As an ensemble musician he is in considerable demand, working internationally in both concert hall and recording studio with many leading groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Gemini, Composers Ensemble and BCMG.

Recent highlights include the launch of the "One-Minute Wonders": this is a series of commissions from major figures and from student composers for one-minute solo piano pieces, all of which have been performed at several venues in the UK. These pieces have been published in two volumes and Clive Williamson's performance has been released on CD by Cadenza Music. Clive recently performed the solo piano part in Ives's 4th Symphony with the CBSO under Sakari Oramo at the Proms live on BBC television. He was also invited by Jonathan Harvey to perform Messiaen's Sept Haikai in Antwerp with Sinfonia21, conducted by David Porcelijn. Clive's passion for and expertise in electronic music recently led to his being invited to perform at the re-launch of the Roundhouse in London, for the BBC's Electric Proms. Since 2002, Clive has been Head of Performance at the University of Surrey.

In 2006, Philip Mead approached Clive with a view to hosting the BCPC at Surrey University. The event was a great success and was repeated in 2010, at which point Philip Mead invited Clive to take the reins as Artistic Director. The University of Surrey agreed to host the competition, and it is envisaged that all future events will be hosted here.


Clive Williamson