Trinity Laban piano student Adrian Oldland knows firsthand the pressures of international competition - and how to overcome them and triumph.
Adrian was invited to perform in the XXIII International Kabalevsky Competition in December 2012 in Samara, Russia. Despite becoming ill only a few hours before the final round of the competition, Adrian was able to refocus and perform Liszt's 2nd Piano Concerto - and won 4th prize.
In his first year of his MMus, Adrian said the competition in Russia was very tough: "There were countless music schools within 20 miles from where I was staying, and the sound of students practicing was never far away. The weather was very cold, jetlag was always present and I didn't speak any Russian - something I'll rectify for next time.
"It was after the semi-final round that I fell very ill, and I contemplated leaving the competition at this stage. Happily I received excellent medical treatment which got me back onstage and performing, although perhaps not as well as I would have liked."
Adrian has just returned from Portugal where he won 2nd place in Madeira's 'Forum International de Musica' competition. Also placing second in Madeira was Konan Tanaka, BMus Year 3 student.