Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize

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Each year the Sam Hutching Pianist Prize is awarded to an outstanding accompanist to work with Malcolm Martineau and alongside our experienced staff, playing for classes and rehearsals as required.

Current recipient of the prize:

In 2020, the Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize recipient will be American pianist Dylan Perez, currently the Lord & Lady Lurgan Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Royal College of Music, London. He graduated in 2018 with Distinction with an Artist Diploma and in 2016 with Distinction with an Artist Masters from the Guildhall School where he studied with Eugene Asti, Andrew West, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, and Pamela Lidiard. Prior to relocating to London, he studied at the University of Michigan with Louis Nagel and Martin Katz. Dylan has received the Gerald Moore Prize for Accompanists and the Paul Hamburger Prize for Accompaniment. He has been a semi-finalist in the Das Lied International Song competition and the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Song Competiton, as well as a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Dylan is a Britten-Pears and Oxford Lieder Young Artist, and an alumnus of the Franz-Schubert-Institut and the Académie Royaumont.

Dylan recently made his Wigmore Hall recital debut and has performed at Barbican Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Cadogan Hall. He has played in masterclasses with Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Dame Felicity Lott, and with Roger Vignoles, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Christian Gerhaher at Wigmore Hall. Dylan can be heard frequently on BBC Radio 3, whether it is for a Proms Extra concert, a Total Immersion performance, or live on In Tune. Dylan is the founder of re-sung, a London based song recital series that focuses on the connection between text and music, with special interest on creating new interpretations of masterworks and championing contemporary songs.

Previous recipients of the prize:

2019 Marina Staneva/Kunal Lahiry (joint)

2018 Ewan Gilford

2017 Keval Shah

2016 Natalie Burch/Conal Bembridge-Sayers (joint)

2015 John Cuthbert

2014 Dearbhla Collins

2013 Chris Harding/Geoffrey Tanti (joint)

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