Trinity Laban Piano Showcase celebrates a world of talent

Gen Li, Jenna Sung and Giulio Potenza walk through a doorway together

Three of Trinity Laban’s most highly-awarded young pianists will perform a concert broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from St. John’s Smith Square on Tue 21 June.

Pianists Gen Li, Jenna Sung and Giulio Potenza will perform a rich and varied programme including Janáček, Beethoven, Liebermann and Rachmaninoff; Sung will also perform a piece written for her by Trinity Laban composition professor Stephen Montague. The three pianists - from China, South Korea and Italy, respectively - have chosen programmes that express the individual ‘musical journeys’ they have taken.

In addition to highlighting young pianistic talent at the conservatoire, this concert is a celebration of Deniz Arman Gelenbe’s outstanding contribution to the learning environment at Trinity Laban. An educator of international renown, Gelenbe stood down as Head of Piano and Keyboard Instruments last year, but will continue to teach at Trinity Laban. She has mentored all three pianists and her influence on these young musicians is clearly profound, as Gen Li comments:

Deniz is not just a teacher to me, and I couldn’t describe how much I’ve learned from her. She doesn’t teach me only about music – about how to tackle the details in the score – she also teaches me how to be an artist, and a human being.’

The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Tickets for this concert can be purchased from the St John’s Smith Square website, or box office on 020 7222 1061.


Photography credit: Robert Workman