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 2023, the Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize recipient will be Eunji Han. Eunji performs extensively as a song and chamber music pianist. She has been invited to the festivals such as International Lied Festival Zeist (Netherlands), Festival Culturel International de Musique Symphonique (Algeria), Les Allées Chantent (France), A casa de Aldán (Spain) and Lavaux Classic Off (Switzerland). She is Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder Young Artist, official accompanist at Aigues-Vives en Music (France) as Young Artist Fellow, J&R International Music Academy (South Korea and France), and Concours Junior “Souffle” in La Côte Flûte Festival (Switzerland). Eunji has appeared at the Radio Télévision Suisse for her constant research of french women composers, Lili and Nadia Boulanger. Her passion for contemporary music led her to found Ensemble Dimensions where she premiered young composers’ works and held an educational project for children.

Eunji studied at Ewha Womans University (Korea), Conservatoire de Lyon, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon (France), Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland), and Royal Academy of Music (UK), generously supported by RAM, Mécénat Musical Société Générale and ADAMI France. She is the laureate of the Concours Internatioal de la mélodies de Gordes with Soprano Yui Futaeda and Jeunes Talents in Paris with saxophonist Helena Otero Correa.

Previous recipients of the prize:

2022 Matthew Gibson

2021 Course cancelled due to pandemic

2020 Course cancelled due to pandemic

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)