After more then a week of scintillating music making, the 12th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition reached a triumphant climax last Friday and Saturday in a riveting final at the White Rock Theatre.
In the end, Tzu-Yin Huang, 26, from Taiwan was declared winner by the international jury; playing last on Friday night with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, she brought whoops and yells from the audience for her performance of Prokofiev 3.
As well as winning the £10,000 first prize and a chance to play with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tzu-Yin Huang also won the £500 prize voted for by members of the orchestra. She will perform at the HIPCC Summer Recital at Fairlight Hall on July 3.
The £5,000 second prize went to 27-year-old Samuel Deason from Canada for his dramatic performance of Prokofiev 2. In third place was 21-year-old Jung Eun Severine Kim from South Korea, fourth prize went to Eric Zuber, 30, from the USA, and sixth was Michelle Nam, 30, from Canada. The £1,000 prize for outstanding British performer went to 28-year-old Andreas Ioannides.