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


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Philip Mead studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London, receiving numerous prizes and awards and a distinction in his final practical exam. Mead was a prize-winner of the 1978 Gaudeamus International competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music, and since then has been at the forefront of contemporary music in this country. He has performed virtually the entire piano music of Messiaen at London's South Bank and given premieres by major composers such as Crumb and Stockhausen.

Since 1985 Mead has toured worldwide performing works for piano and electronics, with pieces specially commissioned by leading composers. "Tombeau de Messiaen" by Jonathan Harvey, commissioned by Mead in 1995 is now performed by very many pianists throughout the world and is considered a classic of the medium.

He has been a regular performer on BBC Radio Three since 1979. Recently he has been involved in the "Toward the Millennium" series, performing Mantra by Stockhausen, and has had his own series, "Keystrokes" exploring some unlikely combinations in twentieth-century piano music.

Currently Mead is researching the possibilities of expanding the tonal resources of the piano in a project centered jointly on the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Paris 8.


Philip Mead