Kent International Pianoforte Courses 2020

Proudly present a series of classes, performances, prizes, a masterclass and a final concert in the historic setting of Tonbridge School over three days during the Lent half-term break. Find out more about KIPC...

20-22 February 2020. Tonbridge, Kent

World class teaching. Inspiring location

Supported by Steinway & Sons

London Mozart Players and KIPC revive The Mozart Memorial Prize

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Friday 1st November 2019

Tonbridge School


Mozart Piano Concerto K. 467


Jinah Shim, Piano

Howard Shelley, Conductor

London Mozart Players


Press Release

  • Jinah Shim wins 2019 Mozart Memorial Prize
  • Award for young classical music talents revived after 37 years
  • LMP join forces with Kent International Piano Courses to honour rising stars
  • Memorial Prize winners will enjoy a varied package of mentoring and advice as well as a concerto performance with LMP under the baron of Howard Shelley

In the 1960s, the London Mozart Players Mozart Memorial Prize launched the careers of many talented young musicians including Imogen Cooper, Stephen Kovacevich and Benjamin Frith. The prize was rested in 1982, but in this 70th anniversary year for the LMP, the award has been revitalised with an invigorated prize structure in major new partnership with Kent International Piano Courses (KIPC) 

The first Mozart Memorial Prize in its new guise has already been awarded. Outstanding young pianist Jinah Shim will take centre stage for the first prize-winner’s concert alongside LMP on Friday 1 November in the EM Forster Theatre in Tonbridge. In an all-Mozart programme, she will perform his Piano Concerto No. 21 (better known as the Elvira Madigan theme), while the LMP will play Mozart’s ever-popular Eine kleine Nachtmusik and his Jupiter symphony. On winning the award Jinah said: ‘I am honoured to have been awardedthe Mozart Memorial Prize and am truly privileged to be have the opportunity to perform alongside the London Mozart Players and Howard Shelley. I am very grateful for all the support I have been given from both Howard and the orchestra as part of this prize; there are not many opportunities in which both mentoring and a performance is given, and I am thrilled to be given this chance’.  

Every winner of the new London Mozart Players’ Mozart Memorial Prize will enjoy a year’s relationship with the LMP. This will involvementoring from distinguished pianist LMP Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley OBE, as well as lessons, guidance and career and repertoire advice from him, and invitations to concerts with Howard and LMP at venues around the UK. A presentation skills coaching session is also included in the prize package to help with delivery of performance and audience relationship skills. The centrepiece of the prize is the opportunity to perform a piano concerto with the orchestra at a professional concert, and the young winner will enjoy the title of ‘Pianist in association’ for the duration of their winning year.  

The Mozart Memorial Prize winner will be chosen annually from participants in the Kent International Piano Courses, which have been running for 30 years. A major feature of these courses is the blend of small group teaching by acknowledged experts, informal and formal performing opportunities and the exciting range of prizesto be awarded, including recital and concerto performances. The LMP has had a long tradition of supporting artists when they first embark on a professional career: Jacqueline du Pré, Michael Collins and Nicola Benedetti are just some of the many classical music stars who performed with LMP in their formative years and in this 70thbirthday year, the orchestra was keen to underline this commitment. Julia Desbruslais, Executive Director of LMP commented: ‘We wanted to end our anniversary year looking forward rather than back, and there is no better way to build on our incredible history than by encouraging the performers of tomorrow and passing on all the knowledge of the music business that these young talents need. We are thrilled to be working with KIPC to bring this important award back to life and we are grateful to our sponsors and supporters for helping us to bring our birthday year to such an exciting conclusion.’  

Mary Methuen, Director at KIPC, commented: ‘KIPC is delighted with this exciting new partnership which invaluably increases the opportunities and support given by both organisations to emerging concert artists. We are very grateful to the LMP and their sponsors for their generosity in making available this excellent opportunity.’  

The Mozart Memorial Prize is generously supported by the Ambrose and Anne Appelbe Trust.  


Peter Donohoe to give celebrity masterclass at KIPC 2020

Please click on Masterclasses to read Peter Donohoe's full biography.

Noriko Ogawa to be guest tutor

We are delighted that the internationally renowned pianist and broadcaster, Noriko Ogawa, has agreed to return to  join the tutorial team this year. We very much look forward to her invaluable insights in the classes on the first day.

Why attend?

If you are a keen pianist of any standard wishing to share learning, informal and formal performances, small group classes and a festival, then you will enjoy the courses.


If you are a conservatoire student there are opportunities to win recital and concerto prizes, as well as take part in masterclasses with leading pianists.


After more than 25 successful years, most participants return the next year; the youngest enjoy the fun of the occasion; the most experienced the skilled tuition, the expert masterclasses and the further opportunities offered.


Class prizes

Concerto Prize with London Mozart Players

Recital Prizes including recital engagements


Our courses cater for any age and are offered in these categories:


Intermediate for pianists ABRSM grades 1 to 5

Senior for grades 6 to 8

Advanced for those beyond Grade 8


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Kent International Piano Courses is a not for profit organisation

Director: Mary Methuen