The Watford International Piano Competition

in memory of Christopher Duke

on Sunday 18th April 2021 at Clarendon Muse in Watford

has had to be cancelled.

The next competition will be on

Sunday 24 April 2022



 Application deadline: Friday 4 March 2022


This competition, in memory of Christopher Duke, who lived in Watford and died in December 1996,

age 26, is open to performers of 16 to 25 years. In the final a recital of 30 minutes duration should be played from memory and

MUST include any Waltz by Chopin. A maximum of six competitors will be chosen to take part. Applications should include the £45

application fee, the completed application form and a CD or links to 15 minutes of video or audio recordings.

Please use the following bank details to pay the £45 application fee and use WIPC as a reference:

Bank:  HSBC / Acc name:  Watford Music Festival / Sort code:  40-20-16 / Acc no:  62118351

For the application form, please click here.

 The 3 winners will be giving lunchtime recitals at

St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Watford WD18 0EG in May, June and July 2022.


 Jury: to be announced



2019's Watford International Piano Competition

in memory of Christopher Duke

was held on Sunday 7th April 2019

at Clarendon Muse in Watford


1st prize John Lee

2nd prize XueLin Xie

3rd prize Mika Inukai


Full report



 Jury: Rolf Hind & Niel Immelman



2018 Competition:

1st prize Edward Leung

2nd prize Kyle Nash-Baker

3rd prize Raymond Yiu

Special commendation: XueLin Xie


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 (The Countess of Munster Musical Trust).