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Elena Cobb Star Prize Event Featured in the Music Teacher Magazine

Elena Cobb with children Gibraltar Festival
Elena Cobb with children at the Gibraltar Festival in 2014

Terribly exciting news from the Music Teacher Magazine!

My interview about Elena Cobb Star Prize event at the Royal Albert Hall on 5 April is out and I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the team for highlighting such an important educational event for the young pianists. 

The programme will feature piano students from ten different countries and they not only will perform music by the living composers published by EVC Music: Donald Thomson Paul Birchall Heather Hammond Lindsey Berwin Elena Cobb Irina Nenartovich Sam Wedgwood Andrew Higgins and guest composers Christopher Norton and Richard Rodney Bennett but also will have a unique opportunity for the masterclass with their heroes!

The British and International Federation of Festivals and I are working tirelessly on creating solo performance opportunities at the world-class venues to those who learn to play the piano. It is a common knowledge that in comparison to those who play an orchestral instrument or sing, young pianists are left to mostly performing in front of the examiner. Tap to read online why this event will be a life-changing experience for the students.

EVC Music at Carmel Klavier Competition 2018 USA

Elena Cobb Star Prize Star Prize at Carmel Klavier
I am delighted to tell you that for the second year running, the committee for the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition has selected piano works published by EVC Music for the programme and a great variety of piano pieces by our composers will be featured in the Contemporary Composers category.

Heather Hammond, UK
Irina Nenartovuh, USA
Andrew Higgins, UK

Donald Thomson, Scotland
Sam Wedgwood, Australia
Lindsey Berwin, UK

Cash prizes will be presented to the most outstanding performances of their works. Pieces by either composer may be used to enter the Contemporary Composers category (levels Elementary, Intermediate. & Advanced).
And the most exciting prize of all – the winners will be invited to perform at the Winners Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in Spring 2019. Please email team@elenacobb.com for any questions and sign up for updates. For the Repertoire List, please click >

Elena Cobb Star Prize at the Prestigious Feurich Competition Vienna 2018


I am delighted to share with you that piano works by various composers published by EVC Music are now included in the programme of the prestigious Feurich Competition 2018 in Vienna.

Elena Cobb Star Prize is a new and optional category for contemporary composers
Needless to say that as a publisher, I view this opportunity as a big honour and responsibility as historically, Vienna remains the centre of the European Classical music tradition and the opportunity for our compositions to be played in the settings of this great city fills me with pride. 
The winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize category will receive a cash prize and will be invited to perform at the Winners Recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2019. The date will be announced soon, please sign up> for the updates. 
If you are a teacher, parent or guardian who is interested in entering your student or child to take part, please click on the link> to discover the performance repertoire list selected by the organisers. 

Recipients of the Elena Cobb Star Prize Awards at Carmel Klavier Piano Competition 2017

Carmel Klavier 2017

Many congratulations to the winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize at the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition 2017 in the United States and I am looking forward to welcoming you all at the Winners Recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 5th, 2018.

Minerva Cao (USA)
Deva Sengun (Germany)
Victor Perez (USA)
Jude Fradillada (USA)
Julian Rodriguez (Colombia)
Lauren Lo (USA)
Christina Peng (USA)

A heartfelt thank you to their piano teachers who worked tirelessly on preparing the programmes, also organisers of the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition 2017 and especially to Irina Gorin.


Winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize Announced

Elena Cobb STar Prize Winners EVC Music
The winners at Richmond upon Thames Music Festival 2017

A huge heartfelt congratulation to the current winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize and a massive thank you to all who were involved in the events: performers, adjudicators, volunteers and support teams of family and friends,  you are all stars, thank you!

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Elena Cobb Star Prize at February’s Hazel Grove Festival, as nominated by Federation Adjudicator, Caroline Clemmow:

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Esta Shuttleworth, aged 11, playing ‘Polka Butterfly’.

The winners at Highbridge Festival of the Arts in March, as selected by Federation Adjudicator, Gillian Oswell:

‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Florence Pincott, aged 8, playing ‘Pirate Song’.

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Katie Redford, aged 9, playing ‘I Ate All the Chocolate’.

‘Blue River’ Advanced Class: prize shared between Sophie Newman, aged 13, playing ’Mrs Van Der Blond’ & Penny Sandford-Hughes, aged 16, playing ‘Blue River’.

The winner of the Star Prize at Cornwall Music Festival in March as selected by Federation Adjudicator Timothy Barratt:

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Amy Brigden, aged 13, playing ‘Nerdy Cat Twist’.

At Don Valley Festival in March, the winners of the Star Prize were chosen by Federation Adjudicator, Richard Deering:

‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Sam Barlow, aged 9, playing ‘Pirate Song’.

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Methnuli Rao, aged 9, playing ‘Take Three Jazz Waltz’.

At Richmond upon Thames in March, the Elena Cobb winners were chosen by Federation Adjudicator Susan Clark:

‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Pieter Wepener, aged 6, playing ‘Jingle Bells in London’.

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Nicolaas Wepener, aged 7, playing ‘I Ate All the Chocolate’.

‘Blue River’ Advanced Class: Mia Wepener, aged 9, playing ‘Star Dust’.

The winners at Perform in Perth were chosen by our Federation Adjudicator Liz Childs:

‘My Piano Trip to London’ Beginners’ Class: Lucy Robertson, aged 10, playing ‘Take the Tuba’ and ‘Morning at St Paul’s’.

‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ Intermediate Class: Archie Sloan, aged 12, playing ‘Peony Pink’.

‘Blue River’ Advanced Class: Ellie Ridley, aged 15, playing ‘Star Dust’.

Read more about Elena Cobb Star Prize, a new and exciting educational initiative here > 

New Repertoire List For Elena Cobb Star Prize 2017 for The British & International Federation of Festivals


Joint Press Release, March 2017


Fantastic news, The British and International Federation of Festivals, EVC Music and, ABRSM are joining forces!

From 2017, Elena Cobb Star Prize will include a wide selection of music by modern British composers published by Elena Cobb (EVC Music Publications Ltd) and feature Piano Star books 1-3 published by the ABRSM in the Duet & Trios Class and Solo Class for Beginners to Intermediate levels.

There are still three classes available but the main difference is that Elena has decided to introduce a separate class for duets and trios.

  1. Duets & Trios: Beginners to Late Intermediate, up to Prep Test – Gr. 6 ABRSM level.
  2. Solo Class: Beginners to Early Intermediate level, up to Prep Test – Gr. 5 ABRSM level.
  3. Solo Class: intermediate to Advanced level, Gr. 6 – 8 ABRSM level.
    Please note that ABRSM grades are used for guidance.

All books by EVC Music and can be ordered from the publisher’s website elenacobb.com or bought at your local music retailer – just ask your friendly shop keeper to order the books from Alfred Music UK (email music@alfreduk.com) unless the books are already on the shelves. Piano Star books 1-3 can be ordered from ABRSM’s website click here>> or bought at your local music retailer.

Digitally released piano sheet music and play-along tracks can be ordered on www.elenacobb.com. Once printed, digital pieces will carry a watermark providing a proof of purchase and licence with your order number.

Elena Cobb Star Prize is an innovative opportunity which is designed to increase participation at The British & International Federation of Festivals. To apply, or if you require any additional information, please contact Jazmine jazmine@federationoffestivals.org.uk at Festivals House as soon as possible as funds will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please click here>> to view a full Elena Cobb Star Prize New Repertoire List.

The British Federation of Festivals
EVC Music Publications Ltd