The Wharton Cup, the annual award for the College’s best pianists, was won by Will Robson, Removes, H Social, on the evening of Sunday June 5th. The Recital took place in Silk Hall and the adjudicator was the distinguished international pianist, Luis Pares, also Head of Keyboard and Head of Instrumental Studies at Repton School.
Will played the ‘Prelude in Db’ by Chopin, with Luis Pares praising his “beauty of tone”. Other finalists (all of whom were Fifths, Removes or Shells) were Ethan Clarke, who played Debussy’s ‘La Cathedrale Engloutie'; Wesley Brolly, who played Grieg’s ‘Puck’; Wilfred Pease, with Mendelssohn’s ‘Gondolier’s Song’; and Kevin Zhang, with Rachmaninoff’s ‘Policinelle’.
Overall Mr Pares (pictured below with AJAW, who organised the Event) praised the “fantastic” level of these five piano performances, adding: “All of you made a personal connection with the instrument.”
Wharton Piano Prize 2016