Many congratulations to current awardee, pianist James Guan, who has been awarded the Greta Parkinson Prize by the Royal Academy of Music. This is one of the Academy’s discretionary prizes, awarded for a combination of good work, conduct, and general achievement throughout the academic year.
Born in Sydney, James studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Primary School, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Paul Rickard-Ford. He has recently completed his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music under Ian Fountain with the support of the Australian Music Foundation.
His prizes include 4th in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and the Kerikeri International Piano Competition; the Most Outstanding Recitalist in the Emerging Artists Series, and 3rd in the International Competition Piana del Cavaliere and the Clamo International Piano Competition. He was also the recipient of the Best Australian Award at the Sydney International Piano Competition and Winner of the Great Romantics Competition in Melbourne.