Winners and Showcase Concert Performers Profiles

Elena Cobb Star Prize Event

As the preparation for the first Elena Cobb Star Prize Winners Concert and Showcase Recital at the Royal Albert Hall is underway, I am starting a new chapter and will be sharing with you performances and stories about students (and their teachers) who won their place or are invited to perform at the Winners Concert and Showcase Recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April, 5th, 2018. 

Students of Irina Woronow, Germany

There are many fine musicians in Germany and we are delighted to welcome three students of Irina Woronow to Elena Cobb Star Prize event at the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) on 5 April. Continue Reading here >

  Klara Lužnik, Slovenia

I am delighted to share with you that a very talented young pianist Klara Lužnik from Slovenia will be performing at the Elena Cobb Star Prize Event at the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) on 5 April. Klara is seventeen years old pianist who currently studies the piano under Professor Planinka Jurišić Atić at the Konservatorij za glasbo in balet Maribor. She started learning to play the piano at the age of seven and since then, she always enjoyed every opportunity to perform in competitions and concerts. Continue reading here >

 Julian Rodríguez, Colombia

No distance is too far for this young pianist as he and his family will be traveling to Elena Cobb Star Prize Event at the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) on 5 April all away from South America. I am delighted to introduce you to Julian Rodríguez! Continue reading here >

 Siddhanth Tekurkar, UK

As I already mentioned before, Elena Cobb Star Prize event was created to give children without the specialist music education an opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall and to encourage and promote their love for piano. I am delighted to say that the Berkshire Music & Arts Festival 2017 Elena Cobb Star Prize winner Siddhanth Tekurkar from Reading will be playing at the RAH concert on April 5thand I am looking forward to his performance of the very popular piece Star Dust from the Blue River collection. Continue reading here >

Reena Nagrani, Gibraltar

It goes without saying that music plays, (pun intended) a very important role in every child’s life and the Gibraltar Festival for Young Musicians’ team, led by Cathy Batchelor, Anna Bensusan of Allegro Music Productions, Christian Santos and supported by the Government of Gibraltar, have certainly achieved their goal in providing an important showcase for developing musical talent and creativity in young generations to come. Continue reading here >

Minerva Cao, USA

Another young and talented student of Irina Gorin is traveling to the Elena Cobb Star Prize event in London from the United States – please tap on the link to read her story here >

Lauren Lo, USA

It is always a happy occasion for me when a young student is performing in concert and I am especially delighted that Lauren Lo, winner of the Featured Composer category at the Carmel Klavier International piano competition 2017 (USA), will be playing for us at the Elena Cobb Star Prize event at the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) on 5 April. Continue reading here > 

Students from the Doremeforme Piano Studio, Florida, USA

Three young and talented pianists from the sunny Boynton Beach in South Florida, USA will be joining an International team of performers at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 5 at 11 o’clock. Masha Smelik (12 yo), Reid Collins (14 yo) and Jude Fradillada (13 yo) are all students of Kay Lang and currently attend piano lessons at the Doremiforme Piano studio. Continue reading here >

 Students from Albuquerque Institute of Music, New Mexico, USA

A group of four very talented young pianists from the Albuquerque Institute of Music, New Mexico, US, will be crossing the Atlantic Ocean for the Elena Cobb Star Prize Winners Concert and Showcase Recital at the Royal Albert Hall. Read full story about Todd Miao, Christina Peng, Ovie Nirgudkar and Ivan Belyaev by clicking on the link > 

 Julia Meyerding, (12 yo), Germany

Julia is a talented young musician and pianist from Friedberg, Germany. She was born in November 2005 in Bad Nauheim. Julia discovered her love for playing the piano at the age of five when she began her piano lessons at the Musikschule Minz with Irina Mints. Read more > 

Alanna Crouch, (10 yo), United Kingdom

I met Alanna back in 2014 when I was looking for a student to help me with my workshop Improvisation for the Classically Trained Pianists at the MusicExpo. The presentation was listed in Top Five by the International Piano magazine that year. We kept in touch ever since. Read more >  

Ban Yakoubov (14yo), Israel

Ben Yakoubov was born on August 25th, 2003 in Ashkelon, Israel. In 2012, in recognition of his musical gift, he was awarded the America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s scholarship to study piano at the Ashkelon Conservatory. Ben is a keen performer… to continue reading, please click here to read more >