Fred Pattison Piano Competition

Fred PattisonThe Fred Pattison Piano Award at the Don Wright Faculty of Music is awarded to the winner of an annual piano competition. In addition to receiving a cash award, the winner will give a public performance the following academic year. Proceeds from the Fred Pattison Award Fund support the annual competition and cash prize.

Dr. Pattison was Western’s former Head of Chemistry (1959-65) and Director of Student Health Services (1973-88). He passed away in August 2010. Dr. Pattison had a great passion for the piano and spent many hours enjoying performances in von Kuster Hall at the Faculty of Music. This award reflects his love of music and his desire to reward excellence in piano performance. 2008-09 was the inaugural year for this competition.


Registration

Deadline
Monday, Jan 17, 2022 at 4pm

To register, students must bring the following information to the Academic Departments and Student Services office in TC210, printed on paper, and delivered in person only:

  • Student name
  • Round One repertoire, including the duration of each piece (no more than 10 minutes of music). Music may include repertoire to be performed in Round Two.
  • Proposed Round Two recital program, including the duration of each composition (should be 20-30 minutes total and no longer than 30 minutes).
  • Studio teacher's signature of approval to participate.

Competition Details

The Fred Pattison Piano Award is awarded to a first-, second-, third-, or fourth-year full-time student enrolled in a Music Degree program, whose principal instrument is piano. Fourth year students can only participate if they are returning for a Master of Music program the following year. The competition consists of two rounds.

Round One – Live Audition 
Students should prepare 10 minutes of music for Round One, which will be performed live in front of the adjudicator. This round will be closed to the public. Music should be chosen carefully to demonstrate a wide range of technical ability and musicality. Material performed in Round One may also be performed in Round Two.

Round Two – Public Performance 
This round is judged by an adjudicator and requires each of the finalists to perform a minimum of 20 minutes to a maximum of 30 minutes of solo repertoire. Participants must perform their program as outlined in their registration.

The adjudicator for the 2022 competition is Li Wang.

2022 Performances

Friday, January 21 | 2pm
von Kuster Hall
Live audition Round One (closed to the public)

Friday, January 21 | 8pm
von Kuster Hall
2022 Fred Pattison Piano Competition finalists concert

Saturday, January 22 | 10am–12pm
von Kuster Hall
Public masterclass with Li Wang


Previous Winners

Ian Pepper headshot 2020-21
Congratulations to Ian Pepper, winner of the 2021 Fred Pattison Competition. This year’s competition was adjudicated by James Parker.

Terrence Wu headshot 2019-20
Congratulations to Terrence Wu, winner of the 2020 Fred Pattison Competition. Terrence's livestream public performance was recorded on February 4, 2021 in von Kuster Hall. This year’s competition was adjudicated by Sofya Bugayan.

kevin lu 2018-19
Congratulations to Kevin Lu, winner of the 2019 Fred Pattison Competition. Kevin's public performance was given on January 23, 2020 in von Kuster Hall. This year’s competition was adjudicated by Yael Weiss.

elizabeth vogel 2017-18
Congratulations to Elizabeth Vogel, winner of the 2018 Fred Pattison Competition. Elizabeth's public performance was given on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in von Kuster Hall. This year’s competition was adjudicated by Enrico Elisi.

Ethan Lacey headshot 2016-17
Congratulations to Ethan Lacey, winner of the 2017 Fred Pattison Competition. His public performance was given on Thursday, January 25, 2018 in von Kuster Hall. This year’s competition was adjudicated by David Jalbert.

James Masschelein headshot 2015-16
Congratulations to James Masschelein winner of the 2016 Fred Pattison Piano Competition. His public performance was given on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in von Kuster Hall. This year's competition was adjudicated by Jimmy Brière.

Bryce Lansdell headshot 2014-15
Congratulations to Bryce Lansdell winner of the 2015 Fred Pattison Piano Competition. His public performance was given on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in von Kuster Hall.

Dan Luong headshot 2013-14
Congratulations to Dan Luong winner of the 2014 Fred Pattison Piano Competition.

Vladimir Soloviev headshot 2012-13
Congratulations to  Vladimir Soloviev  winner of the  2013 Fred Pattison Piano Competition .

Bryn Blackwood headshot 2011-12
Bryn Blackwood was the winner of the 2012 Fred Pattison Piano Competition on Friday January 27, 2012. Bryn presented a recital on Thursday January 24, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall.

Vladimir Soloviev 2010-11
Congratulations to Vladimir Soloviev who won the 2011 Fred Pattison Piano Competition! All three finalists played brilliantly - the other two were Edgar Robert Suski and Brian Barber. Attending the competition were Mrs. Anne Pattison and their daughter Elizabeth. The 8:00 p.m. final round concert marked the first time the Don Wright Faculty of Music presented a live streamed event. Vladimir presented a recital on Thursday January 26, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall.

Ingrid Gan headshot 2009-10
Ingrid Gan was the winner of the 2009-10 Fred Pattison Competition. Ingrid was a student of Gwen Beamish.

2008-2009 Winners 2008-09
Congratulations to Neal Cabigon, winner of the inaugural Fred Pattison Competition. Neal came to Western after a year in the Science Faculty of his hometown University of Regina, Saskatchewan. He is in the third year of the Honours Performance program. (left to right: Mrs. Pattison, Dr. Pattison, Sara Laimon (Adjudicator), Neal Cabigon)


Contact Information

Leslie Kinton
Fred Pattison Competition Co-ordinator
519-661-2111 x85373
lkinton@uwo.ca