Trinity Laban piano graduate, Panaretos Kyriatzidis, has won joint first prize at the Gerald Moore Award competition.
Panaretos holds a postgraduate Artists Diploma and MMus with distinction at Trinity Laban. Currently a Leverhulme Junior Fellow in piano accompaniment, Panaretos has won a handful of prestigious awards, such as first prize in the English Song Competition, the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder competition, the John Thompson Prize for chamber music and the David Gosling Prize for excellence in accompaniment.
Panaretos said: “Winning joint first prize at the Gerald Moore Award is undoubtedly one of the highest points of my life as a musician. I feel particularly proud of being the first pianist from Trinity Laban to be awarded this prize. I would like to express my gratitude to my great friend and singer Julia Weatherley for performing with me and of course to Trinity Laban, not only for offering me this opportunity by nominating me, but also for providing this incredible productive and inclusive environment that helped me grow that much as a musician and as a person.”
Founded in 1992 and named after the late accompanist Gerald Moore, the award is a biennial competition for piano accompanists of song repertoire. The award is open mainly to conservatoires in the UK, and performers are asked to devise and perform a programme that shows the voice to the best advantage, whilst displaying their own talent. Judges included Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti and John Blakely. As joint winner, Panaretos will receive £1,250, as will the other winner - Somi Kim from the Royal Academy of Music.
This is the latest of many recent successes for the piano department at Trinity Laban. This year, students have won or been placed in the St Cecilia International Competition in Portugal, the Norah Sande Award 2014, the Sheepdrove Piano Competition, European Young Jazz Artist Award and the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition.