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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.


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Alanna Crouch Steinway Hall Piano Recital September 27th, Wednesday

Please make a note of this piano event if you are in London on September 27th, Wednesday, 1.10 pm as Alanna Crouch, a 10 years old pianist with the exceptional musical talent will be giving a solo recital at Steinway Hall London. The programme will feature works by Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Bill Evans and also premiere several piano pieces by British composer Elena Cobb. 
Alanna Crouch lives in Romford, UK and began playing the piano when she was 3. Alanna is quick to let people know that she shares her December 16th birthday with Beethoven who, along with Gershwin is one of her favourite composers. Alanna performed her first Mozart piano concerto in Barbados when she was 5 and enjoyed the experience so much that she has jumped at the opportunity to perform ever since: from impromptu performances at local hospitals and the Street Pianos around London to more planned performances at competitions, music festivals and concerts at venues including Frank Collymore Hall in Barbados, Steinway Hall UK, Carnegie Hall. Her forthcoming performances include J. Hajiyev Centenary concert at St John’s Smith Square in November and Elena Cobb Star Prize Winners Recital at Albert Hall in April next year.


Alanna studies classical piano under Christine Croshaw of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and jazz under Tom Donald of the London Contemporary School of Piano and is a Youth Member and Protegee of the Chopin Society UK. When she was 7, Alanna sat the ABRSM Grade 5 Jazz and ABRSM Grade 8 exams and attained high distinctions in both and she became the youngest person to pass the DipABRSM when she sat it at age 8. When she is not playing music on the piano or violin Alanna enjoys Science, making figurines out of clay and drawing.
There will be no tickets for this recital but we recommend to book your seat as places are limited. Please email now.
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EVC Music Release Presented at the United Nations in Geneva

Pervin Muradov (left), Pervin Muradov and Alisa Stoleshnikova (pianist).
A proud moment for EVC Music as the Piano Collection, book 1 by Jevdet Hajiyev view>, commissioned by Muradov Family Archive, was presented at the United Nations in Geneva on May 17th, 2017 and one copy of the book will be kept in the library of the UN.
Piano Ballade in g moll by famous the Azerbaijani composer was performed by the Russian pianist Alisa Stoleshnikova at the Award ceremony and closing concert by the winners of the 11th Adilia Alieva international Piano Competition (France – Switzerland) view > at the Palais des Nations view> organised by the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan view>.
The Piano Collection, book 1 is a compilation of several works by the composer and it was released to mark the centenary of Jevdet Hajiyev.
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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 > 

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Improvisation Workshop at Forsyths Music Shop, Manchester

Recently, my colleague Andrew Higgins and I have presented a day of improvisational practical workshops at Forsyth Music Shop in Manchester and we were delighted to discover that even many self-taught adults were keen to try.

WATCH full recording (45 min) of my improvisation workshop.
Books featured:
PIANO ALIENS preview & order the book >>
IMPROV EXERCISES preview & order the book >>
HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY JAZZ preview & order the book >>

Piano Aliens for piano Elena Cobb
Higgledy Pigledy Jazz for piano by Elena Cobb Impov exerices for Piano by Elena Cobb

Improvisation has become a very popular topic of conversation among classically trained teachers and students and I am often asked whether it can be taught. As somehow who learned how to improvise and taught how to improvise how to improvise over twenty years my own students for and a variety of audiences in the workshops, I can confirm that one can learn this important skill and this is a note we have received from the staff at the Forsyths:

Dear Elena and Andrew,

Thank you so much for coming and delivering such well-received workshops yesterday — twice! Everyone we spoke with yesterday had a great time and left feeling as though improvisation was now within their grasp whereas before many hadn’t thought it possible. I even heard this morning from someone who didn’t come to the workshop but still appreciated the fruits of it.

I wasn’t able to make yesterday, but the rest of the family were there. Instead, I was treated to an evening of improvisation, so I know it was a great session! Elena Cobb EVC Music


Andrew Higgins has presented his workshop using his book SO YOU WANT TO IMPROVISE? available to order on my website, to preview & order click here >>.

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EVC Music at the MusicExpo London 2017 – Photo Report

For the fourth year, my publishing company EVC Music Publications Ltd was exhibiting at the Music and Drama Education Expo in London Olympia and, as always, it was a very busy two days of presentations, workshops, and book launches.

EVC Music Stand at the MusicExpo London 2017
Saying ‘HELLO!‘ – composer Heather Hammond, composer Donald Thomson, a guest from Germany teacher and educator Irina Mintz, composer Melanie Spanswick.
Elena Cobb Speednetworking MusicExpo 2017
Elena Cobb presenting a Speed Networking, the Art of Positive Self Promotion on Social Media workshop at the Rhinegold Theatre, MusicExpo Olympia 2017.
Elena Cobb Speednetworking MusicExpo 2017 Audience
Captive audience at the Speed Networking, the Art of Positive Self Promotion on Social Media, MusicExpo 2017 Olympia London.
Donald Thomson MusicExpo 2017
EVC Music composer Donald Thomson with soon to be released SCOTTISH WATERS from the PIANO CELTIC SERIES with the fan at the stand G8, MusicExpo 2017 Olympia London.
EVC Music Stand MusicEXpo 2017 Stand G8 at the MusicExpo 2017 Olympia London.
Friends of EVC Music MusicExpo 2017
Composer Donald Thomson, composer Andrew Higgins, Marina Petrov, composer Melanie Spanswick, Erica Worth (editor of the Pianist magazine with her team) at MusicExpo 2017 Olympia London.
Melanie Spanswick MusicExpo 2017
EVC Music composer Melanie Spanswick presenting her book PIANO MAGIC, MusicExpo 2017 Olympia London.
Jevdet Hajiyev Piano Collection Launch MusicExpo 2017
Elena Cobb and pianist Jelena Makarova at the launch of the PIANO COLLECTION by Jevdet Hajiyev commissioned by the Muradov Family Archive and published by EVC Music, MusicExpo 2017 Olympia London.
Elena Cobb Paul Harris MusicExpo Awards 2017
Elena Cobb with Paul Harris at the MusicExpo 2017 Awards at the Sheraton Grand London Hotel.
Elena Cobb Margherita Taylor and Rhinegold Executives
Margherita Taylor (Classic FM), Elena Cobb (EVC Music) and executives of the Rhinegold Publishing at the MusicExpo 2017 Awards at the Sheraton Grand London Hotel.
Elena Cobb Presenting Award MusicExpo 2017
Elena Cobb announcing Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Choice Award at the MusicExpo 2017 Awards at the Sheraton Grand London Hotel.
Elena Cobb Rhinegold Team MusicExpo 2017
Elena Cobb with the Rhinegold Publishing team of Music Expo organisers at the MusicExpo 2017 Awards at the Sheraton Grand London Hotel.
Elena Cobb Alex Stevens MusicExpo 2017
Alex Stevens (editor of the Music Teacher Magazine) at the MusicExpo 2017 Awards at the Sheraton Grand London Hotel.