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Newsletter October 2021 (2)

There is less than a week to apply to participate in the Junior Pianists Category for the Around the Globe – 8th Annual Piano Competition Online 2021.

It is open to both amateur and professional pianists of various levels, any nationalities and with no age restriction. Our Syllabus offers to choose from a more expansive repertoire of pianistic music styles, from traditional to contemporary, including jazz as well as different lengths of the performance.

Our competition aims to encourage pianists to develop recording performance skills which are so on-trend, as many worldwide music examinations boards these days hold way exams online including diplomas. In addition, explore our programme’s list of contemporary classical and jazz composers, which many pieces are not on the grade exams repertoires. We hope a selection of these modern pieces can fit any music taste and pianistic level!

Deadline for submission of applications: · Junior participants – 5th November 2021 · Adult participants – 15th November 2021

The competition consists of two rounds. The Second-Round winners’ recorded performances will be displayed on the Zoom Online Social Platform along with the Adjudicator’s live comments and awards presentation. In addition, all contestants will receive a Certificate of Performance Achievement.

The Second-Round pre-recorded performances with live Adjudicator’s comments will be held on Zoom from 10 AM – 5 PM on the following dates: Sunday 21st & 28th November 2021 – Junior categories Sunday 5th December 2021 – Adult categories

Info on the Entries, Regulations and Recordings


Marcel Zidani is a pianist, author, teacher, and composer. He studied piano under the direction of Royal Academy Vice-Principal Mark Racz and, more recently, under the guidance of Professor Philip Martin, studying both piano and composition. Leslie Howard nominated Marcel’s composition Butterflies from his Life Cycle CD for the British Composer Awards. His music is frequently played on radio stations including BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester, Radio Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire and more. Radio 3 shows have described Marcel as a ‘Musical Gem’ and likened his compositional style to Chopin, Liszt and Satie. He is the author of Hey Presto, a unique and fully comprehensive piano method for older beginners and adults, focusing on the sustain pedal’s early use…

Tau Wey enjoys performing unusual yet captivating music. His eclectic repertoire is as likely to include fugues as folk music, sonatas as songs, and rondos as rags. The music he plays branches out into myriad directions, making connections to the sound worlds that people inhabit…After reading music at Cambridge, he studied with Yonty Solomon and Douglas Finch at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and with Jacob Lateiner at Mannes College of Music in New York…Tau is Head of Keyboard at Sevenoaks School, as well as teaching at Eltham College and at the Kent International Piano Course.

Olga Dudnik MA studied at the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Ukraine, receiving the Gold Medal for Excellence and wining the Ukraine Piano Competition. She continued studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and was awarded the Premier Prix at the completion, as well as 1st prize at the Arianne Katz and prizes in the Young Soloist of the Year and Hong Kong International Piano Competition. Olga made her Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall debuts with a BBC live broadcast and has appeared with numerous orchestras including London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She joined the staff at the Guildhall School of Music and combines a teaching career with performing across Europe.

Marina Petrov MA is a classical pianist and piano pedagogue specialising in Prevention of Occupational Injuries in Pianists. In addition, she has contributed articles to EPTA and ISSTIP journals as well as holding seminars, masterclasses and workshops on related subjects at various universities and music colleges in London and Cork. Since settling in London in 1989, she performed solo recitals as well as chamber music and accompanying opera singers in major concert halls across the UK and Eastern Europe…The versatile Mrs Petrov is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Around the Globe Music & Arts and AGPMF Piano Competition as well as Executive Editor of Around the Globe Music Magazine. As a child prodigy since the age of eight, she has won many national piano competitions in former Yugoslavia that followed by tours, media appearances, including TV and Radio national shows…

Maya Jordan MA, holds a Master’s Degree of Music Academy in Belgrade and a PG Certificate from the London College of Music. A winner of numerous prizes, she has performed throughout the former Yugoslavia, Italy, Cyprus, France, Germany and England and recorded for various Radio and TV programmes… Maya has been co-founder of the project ‘Sounds of the Balkans’ and Artistic Director of numerous events and projects, promoting Serbian culture and encouraging artists of different origins to work together… At present Maya is a Secretary of The Serbian Council of Great Britain and has been involved in numerous charity projects (including ‘Magic & Toys’, ‘Ada Art’) in aid of Serbian people and children. She is also a Programme Coordinator of the Serbian Month in Great Britain and co-founder /Arts Director of the Around the Globe Music & Arts.


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