The 1975 Competition
  1. Dmitri Alexeev (Russian Federation)

  2. Mitsuko Uchida (Japan)

  3. Pascal Devoyon (France)

  4. András Schiff (Hungary)

  5. Michael Houston (New Zealand)

  6. Myung-Whun Chung (United States)

  • Chairman: The Rt Hon Lord Boyle of Handsworth

  • Gina Bachauer

  • Artur Balsam

  • Sir Charles Groves

  • Pál Kadosa

  • Mindru Katz

  • Gerald Moore

  • Charles Rosen

  • Phyllis Sellick

  • Béla Siki

  • Rosalyn Tureck

  • Mikhail Voskressensky

  • First Stage

    Candidates must offer one from each group:

    Group 1

    Bach: English Suite No. 6 in D min

    Partita No. 4 in D

    Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue

    Haydn: Sonata in G, Hob. XVI No. 6

    Sonata in C, Hob. XVI No. 50

    Beethoven: Sonata in E flat, Op. 7

    Sonata in B flat, Op. 22

    Sonata in A flat, Op. 26

    Sonata in F, Op. 54

    Schubert: Sonata in E flat, Op. 122

    Sonata in B, Op. 147

    Group 2

    Chopin: 3 Impromptus (A flat, F sharp, G flat)

    Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp min

    Scherzo No. 4 in E

    Schumann: Papillons,Op. 2

    Brahms: Variations in D, Op. 22 No. 1

    Group 3

    Scarlatti: One sonata

    Debussy: One of the 12 Études

    Bartók: One of the 3 Studies, Op. 18

  • Second Stage

    Competitors must offer one from each group:

    Group 1

    Mozart: Fantasy, K. 475 and Sonata in C min, K. 457

    Beethoven: ‘Eroica’ Variations, Op. 35

    Sonata in C, Op. 53 (‘Waldstein’)

    Sonata in F min, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’)

    Sonata in A, Op. 101

    Schubert: ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy

    Schumann: Fantasy in C, Op. 17

    Carnaval,Op. 9

    Liszt: Sonata in B min

    Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin

    Musorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

    Group 2

    Bartók: Out of Doors

    Dance Suite

    Stravinsky: Serenade in A

    4 Studies, Op. 7

    Schoenberg: 3 Pieces, Op. 11

    Berg: Sonata,Op. 1

    Falla: Fantasia Baetica

    Goehr: 3 Pieces, Op. 18

    Sherlaw Johnson: Asterogenesis

    Rodney Bennett: Scena

    Boulez: Sonata No. 1

  • Semi Final

    Competitors must choose one of the following pieces:


    Nocturne in B, Op. 9 No. 3

    Nocturne in C min, Op, 48 No. 1

    Noctrne in E, Op. 62, No. 2


    Intermezzo in E, Op. 116 No. 4

    Intermezzo in E flat min, Op. 118 No. 6

    Intermezzo in B min, Op. 119 No. 1


    Impromptu in G flat


    Duetto in A flat (from Op. 38 No. 6)

    The rest of the programme is left to the competitors’ own choice, but they must not repeat any piece previously played by them in the Competition.

  • Final Stage

    Each finalist will play one of the following concertos with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Groves:


    D min


    D min, K. 466

    C min, K. 491  

    C, K. 503


    No.1 in C, Op. 15

    No.4 in G, Op. 58


    A min, Op. 54


    A min, Op. 16




    No.3 in C, Op. 26

Career Highlights
  • Dmitri Alexeev
    Dmitri Alexeev (Russian Federation) - 1st Prize

    Highlights of recent seasons have included several performances at the Leeds International Recital Series, of which Alexeev was Artistic Director during 2009, a return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Gatti, concerts with the Helsingborg Symphony, KBS (Korea) Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras, and a recital tour of Canada and North America. Alexeev has made many fine recordings for EMI, BMG, Virgin Classics, Hyperion and Russian labels. His discs include piano concertos by Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Medtner and solo works by Brahms, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt.

  • Mitsuko Uchida
    Mitsuko Uchida (Japan) - 2nd Prize

    Uchida is renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven, both in the concert hall and on CD, but she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including The Gramophone Award for Best Concerto. Amongst many current projects, Uchida has recently been recording a selection of Mozart's Piano Concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra, directing from the piano: all of the discs in this series have received critical acclaim and one won a Grammy Award in 2011.

    Highlights this season include performances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and Riccardo Muti, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Mariss Jansons, London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski, and Tonhalle Orchestra with David Zinman. She will undertake a recital tour, with venues including Paris’ Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Vienna’s Musikverein, Chicago’s Symphony Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall; and a tour of Japan.

    Mitsuko Uchida has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to aiding the development of young musicians and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She is also Director of the Marlboro Music Festival. In May 2012 she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal. In June 2009 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

  • Pascal Devoyon
    Pascal Devoyon (France) - 3rd Prize

    Devoyon has performed with major orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony and Japan's NHK Symphony, and has given highly acclaimed recitals at the Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. His repertoire is extensive and includes the complete Beethoven sonata cycle, major twentieth century composers such as Bartok and Messiaen and numerous works by contemporary composers. Chamber music has played an important part in Devoyon's career and he has recorded with cellists and violinists. In 2005 he recorded the Messiaen Quartet (“pour la fin du temps”) and the Hindemith Quartet . Since 2006, he has played regularly in piano-duo with his wife Rikako Murata in France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Holland. Since 1999, he has been artistic director of one of the biggest music festivals in Europe, MusicAlp in Tignes, together with the violinist Dong-Suk Kang.

    In 1996, Devoyon was appointed Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts and teaches as well at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo. Devoyon was created Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, in2001, one of the most prestigious awards of his native country.

  • András Schiff
    András Schiff (Hungary) - 4th Prize

    Indisputably one of the most prominent proponents of the keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Schiff has long proclaimed that Bach stands at the core of his music making. In 2013, Schiff embarked on The Bach Project in North America, comprising six Bach recitals and an orchestral week of Bach, Schumann and Mendelssohn with Schiff at the piano and on the podium.

  • Michael Houston
    Michael Houston (New Zealand) - 5th Prize

    Houston has amassed a large repertoire (40 concertos, the complete Beethoven sonatas etc) covering most styles from JS Bach to the present day and including chamber music, orchestral scores, song accompaniment, and many commissions from New Zealand composers. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Queen’s Birthday honours.

    Although he has played in the USA, Europe and Asia he currently restricts his performing life to New Zealand, happily free from the burdens of international travel and large scale professional infrastructures.

  • Myung-Whun Chung
    Myung-Whun Chung (United States) - 6th Prize

    After his musical studies at the Mannes School and Juilliard School in New York, he was appointed Carlo Maria Giulini’s assistant in 1979 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and became Associate Conductor two years later. Myung-Whun Chung has conducted virtually all the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, the Concertgebouworkest, all the major London and Parisian orchestras, Filharmonica della Scala, Bayerische Rundfunk, Dresden Staatskapelle, the Boston and Chicago Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras.

    Myung-Whun Chung has been the recipient of many honours and prizes for his artistic work, including the Premio Abbiati and the Arturo Toscanini prize in Italy and the Légion d’Honneur (1992) in France. In 1991, the Association of French Theatres and Music Critics named him ‘Artist of the Year’ and in 1995 he won the ‘Victoire de la Musique’ prize three times. He was named a Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2011.