Watford International Piano Competition

In memory of Christopher Duke


The 2018 competition will take place on Sunday 29th April at Clarendon Muse,

70 Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD18 7JA


Adjudicators: James Kirby & Kathron Sturrock


The application deadline for the 2018 competition has now passed and we look forward to hearing an exciting lineup of our six chosen pianists:


Edward Leung  -   Pin-Wen Wang  -  Raymond Yiu

Pui-Yee Angela Lau  -  XueLin Xie  -   Kyle Nash-Baker


Further details can be found on the entry form for the 2018 competition.


Competition Jury Biographies:


James Kirby 


James Kirby

As a soloist and chamber musician, James performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe. His recital work includes appearances at major concert series in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland, the Czech Republic, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and in the UK at the Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals.

A member of the Barbican Piano Trio since 1992, James has performed regularly at the Wigmore Hall, in major UK festivals and concert series, and throughout Europe and the USA. Particular highlights include a performance at Carnegie Recital Hall and many cycles of Beethoven's Complete Piano Trios including one in the Master Concert Series at Wigmore Hall.

James has served on the juries of several international Piano competitions, most recently in Romania, Latvia, Russia and Slovenia. He is in considerable demand for masterclasses and as an adjudicator, and is a member of the ABRSM examining panel, which has taken him all over Europe and the Far East.



 Kathron Sturrock

Kathron Sturrock

Kathron Sturrock is a founder member and Artistic Director of the eminent chamber ensemble The Fibonacci Sequence, now in its 24th year, whose members, many of whom are on faculties of conservatoires both in UK and abroad, appear in festivals worldwide. Kathron Sturrock was twice the winner for the best pianist at the Sofia International Opera Competition. After these awards she was invited to work for several years with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in her Master Classes throughout Europe. As a soloist she has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, making her Proms debut in 1994 playing Alan Rawsthorne’s Concerto for 2 pianos with Piers Lane. She has recorded CDs for Hyperion, Chandos, Gamut, Pickwick, Sain, ASV, Black Box, Quartz and Deux-Elles. In September 2003 she joined the Keyboard Faculty at the Royal College of Music, London. Kathron has been invited to join the Erasmus Exchange programme with Freiburg Hochschule in the 2018-2019 academic year.

'...My best memories of Schubert's D 845 have been of Kathron Sturrock (founder of Fibonacci Sequence) in a rare solo recital devoted to that one work, and on CD, Richard Goode....'Musical Pointers'



2017 competition:

1st prize Weng Soon Tee

2nd prize Misa Saka

3rd prize Chi-Hoi Cheung


2015 competition: 

1st prize Jina Shim

2nd prize Liga Korne

3rd prize Scott MacIsaac


Recent winners of the Competition who have gone on to busy international careers include Alexander Ullman and Ji Liu (both YCAT Artists in 2015 and 2016) and Riyad Nicolas, currently selected by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust.