The 1978 Competition
  1. Michel Dalberto (France)

  2. Diana Kacso (Brazil)

  3. Lydia Artymiw (United States)

  4. Ian Hobson (United Kingdom)

  5. Kathryn Stott (United Kingdom)

  6. Etsuko Terada (Japan)

  • Chairman: The Rt Hon Lord Boyle of Handsworth

  • Tito Aprea

  • Artur Balsam

  • Dmitri Bashkirov

  • Claude Frank

  • Hans Graf

  • Lajos Hernádi

  • Akiko Iguchi

  • Louis Kentner

  • André-François Marescotti

  • Michael Roll

  • Phyllis Sellick

  • Hugo Steurer

  • Arie Vardi

  • First Stage

    Competitors must choose one work from Group 1, one from Group 2 and two from Group 3:

    Group 1

    Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C sharp min (Bk. 1)

    Toccata and Fugue in C min

    Beethoven: Sonata in A, Op. 2 No. 2

    Sonata in D, Op. 10 No. 3

    Sonata in D, Op. 28

    Sonata in G, Op. 31 No. 1

    6 Variations in F, Op. 34

    Clementi: Sonata in F sharp min, Op. 26 No. 2

    Haydn: Sonatain E flat Hob. XVI No. 52

    Sonata in C min, Hob. XVI No. 20

    Mozart: Sonata in F, K. 332

    Sonata in A min, K. 310

    Group 2

    Chopin: Andante spinato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 22

    Barcarolle in F sharp, Op. 60

    Polonaise-fantasiein A flat, Op. 61

    Debussy: Suite ‘Pour le piano’

    Granados: Los Requiebros (Goyescas, No. 1)

    Liszt: Après une lecture de Dante (Anneés de pèlerinage,Bk. 2)

    La Vallée d’Obermann (Anneés de pèlerinage, Bk.1)

    Mendelssohn: Fantasy in F sharp min, Op. 28

    Schubert: Impromptu in f min, Op. 142 No. 1

    Schumann: ‘Abegg ’Variations, Op. 1

    Group 3

    Chopin: Studies, Op. 10: No. 1, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11 or 12 Studies ,Op. 25: No. 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 or 12

    Debussy: Levent dans la plaine

    Cequ’a le vent d’Ouest (Préludes, Bk. 1)

    Feuxd’artifice (Préludes, Bk. 2)

    Rachmaninoff: Préludes, Op. 23: No. 2, 5, 7 or 9

  • Second Stage

    Competitors must choose one work from both groups:

    Group 1

    Beethoven: ‘Eroica ’Variations, Op. 35

    Sonata in A, Op. 101

    Sonata in E, Op. 109

    Sonata in A flat, Op. 110

    Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in F min, Op. 5

    ‘Paganini’ Variations, Op. 35

    Chopin: Sonata in B min, Op. 58

    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

    Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit

    Schubert: Sonata in D

    Sonata in B

    Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16

    Faschingsscwankaus Wien, Op. 26

    Group 2

    Bartók: Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op.20

    Berg: Sonata,Op. 1

    Bloch: Sonata

    Boulez: Sonata No. 1

    Copland: Variations (1930)

    Falla: Fantasia Baetica

    Ginastera: Sonata

    Kodály: Dances of Marosszek

    Messaien: Regard de l’esprit de joie (Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus)

    Fantasie burlesque

    Prokofiev: Sarcasms, Op. 17

    Schoenberg: Suite,Op. 25

    Stravinsky: Sonata (1924)

    Tippett: Sonata No. 2

  • Semi Final

    A recital to include Night Piece (‘Notturno’) by Benjamin Britten. The remainder of the programme is left to the competitor’s choice, except that they must not repeat any piece they have previously played in the Competition. Competitors must choose one of the following chamber works to be performed with the Gabrieli String Quartet:


    Piano Quintet in F min, Op. 34


    Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81


    Piano Quartet in G min, K. 478


    Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44


    Piano Quintet in G min, Op. 57

  • Final Stage

    Each of the 6 finalists will play one of the following concertos with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norman Del Mar


    D min, BWV 1052


    No.3, Sz. 119


    No.1 in C, Op. 15

    No.5 in E flat, Op. 73


    No.2 in D min, Op. 15


    No.2 in F min, Op. 21


    A min, Op. 16


    No.1 in E flat, S. 124


    D min, K. 466

    C, K. 467

    E flat, K. 482

    C, K. 503


    A min, Op. 54


    No.1 in B flat min, Op. 23

Career Highlights
  • Michel Dalberto
    Michel Dalberto (France) - 1st Prize

    From 1988-1995 Dalberto recorded all the piano music of Schubert, one of the few pianists to have taken on this challenge. In 1991 he began serving as chairman of the jury at the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. In the new century Dalberto remained busy on the concert and recording scenes. His 2005-2006 concert schedule was brimming with engagements throughout Italy, France, England, Russia, and the U.S., including many appearances with major orchestras. His recordings include a 2004 RCA release of Liszt paraphrases on operatic sources from Wagner and Verdi.

  • Lydia Artymiw
    Lydia Artymiw (United States) - 3rd Prize

    Lydia Artymiw has succeeded in every facet of an important international career: as soloist with orchestra, in recital and chamber music, and in solo and chamber music recordings. She has appeared with over one hundred orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Far East. As a solo recitalist, she has performed in major venues in London, Berlin, Basel, Cologne, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Rome, Milan, Paris, Taipei, Seoul, Zürich, New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston. She has concertized throughout Europe as well as in Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Singapore, Manila, Philippines and Shanghai, China. From 1982 until 2005, she performed frequently with the Guarneri String Quartet throughout the US and in Canada. She has performed many recitals with some of the most distinguished musicians of our time including Yo-Yo Ma, Kim Kashkashian, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Richard Stoltzman, John Aler, and Benita Valente, and she has toured numerous times with “Music From Marlboro” groups throughout the US.

    Artymiw is a member of the Steinhardt-Artymiw-Eskin Trio (with violinist Arnold Steinhardt and cellist Jules Eskin). In recent years she has been a juror for the Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Canada, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in Indiana, the Corpus Christi National Competition in Texas, and the William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland. Her seven solo albums for the Chandos label in England have been critically acclaimed. Her debut record (Variations) was a Gramophone Magazine “Critic’s Choice” and “Best of the Year” disc.

  • Ian Hobson
    Ian Hobson (United Kingdom) - 4th Prize

    Increasingly, Hobson is in demand as a conductor, particularly for performances in which he doubles as piano soloist. He made his debut with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra as conductor and soloist in October 1997. Hobson is also active as an opera conductor with a wide range of repertoire.

    A much sought-after judge for both national and international competitions, Hobson was invited at the specific request of Van Cliburn to participate as a juror for both the preliminary and final rounds and in 1998 he acted as juror, performed as a recitalist and conducted the final round of the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Poland. In March of 2000 he was a juror for the Chopin Competition in Florida. In September 2001 he joined the jury for the International Pianoforte Competition Cologne (Foundation Tomassoni) in Germany.

  • Kathryn Stott
    Kathryn Stott (United Kingdom) - 5th Prize

    Kathryn Stott is internationally recognised as one of Britain’s most versatile and imaginative musicians and among today's most engaging pianists. She is in demand for a wide variety of chamber music alliances, playing with some of the world’s leading instrumentalists, as well as appearing on major international concert platforms in recitals and concerto performances. Kathryn has also directed several distinctive concert series and festivals and has developed an extensive and exceptionally varied catalogue of recordings.

  • Etsuko Terada
    Etsuko Terada (Japan) - 6th Prize

    Etsuko Terada has marked the anniversary years of several composers with important concert events: in 2006, a four-evening series of the complete Mozart piano sonatas for the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth; and a concert of the complete Chopin Mazurkas and Sonatas, and a 5-recital series of Schumann’s major works performed in chronological order, for the 200th anniversary year of those composers in 2010. Etsuke Terada is a professor of Nihon University College of Art graduate school in Tokyo.