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 (1959-1965) and Director of Student Health Services (1973-1988). 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. 2008-2009 was the inaugural year for this competition.


Competition Details

The Fred Pattison Piano Award will be 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:

1. Live Audition – Round One
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 technique, range, and musicality. Material performed in Round One may be performed in Round Two.

2. Public Performance – Round Two
This round is judged by an adjudicator and requires each of the finalists to perform 20 to 30 minutes of solo repertoire (30 minutes is the maximum). Contestants must perform their program as outlined in their application.

Russian pianist Sofya Bugayan will adjudicate the 2020 Competition and present a public masterclass.


2020 Performance Dates

Thursday, January 23 | 8:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall
Fred Pattison Piano Award Competition Winner’s Recital
featuring 2019 recipient Kevin Lu

Friday, January 24 | 8:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall
Public Performance – Round Two

Saturday, January 25 | 10:00 a.m.
von Kuster Hall
Public Masterclass with Sofya Bugayan



To register for this competition, students must submit the following information to the Academic Departments and Student Services Office, TC 210 on paper & in person (i.e. not put under the door, not in their mailbox, not emailed, etc.) by Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

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



Terrence Wu headshot2019-20 Winner
Congratulations to Terrence Wu, winner of the 2020 Fred Pattison Competition. Terrence will give a public performance in January 2021, in von Kuster Hall. This year’s competition was adjudicated by Sofya Bugayan.

kevin lu2018-19 Winner
Congratulations to Kevin Lu, winner of the 2019 Fred Pattison Competition. Kevin's public performance was given on January 23, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall. This year’s competition was adjudicated by Yael Weiss.

elizabeth vogel2017-18 Winner
Congratulations to Elizabeth Vogel, winner of the 2018 Fred Pattison Competition. Elizabeth's public performance was given on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall. This year’s competition was adjudicated by Enrico Elisi.

Ethan Lacey headshot2016-17 Winner
Congratulations to Ethan Lacey, winner of the 2017 Fred Pattison Competition. His public performance was given on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall. This year’s competition was adjudicated by David Jalbert.

James Masschelein headshot2015-16 Winner
Congratulations to James Masschelein winner of the 2016 Fred Pattison Piano Competition. His public performance was given on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall. This year's competition was adjudicated by Jimmy Brière.

Bryce Lansdell headshot2014-15 Winner
Congratulations to Bryce Lansdell winner of the 2015 Fred Pattison Piano Competition. His public performance was given on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall.

Dan Luong headshot2013-14 Winner
Congratulations to Dan Luong winner of the 2014 Fred Pattison Piano Competition.

Vladimir Soloviev headshot2012-13 Winner
Congratulations to Vladimir Soloviev winner of the 2013 Fred Pattison Piano Competition.

Bryn Blackwood headshot2011-12 Winner
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 Soloviev2010-11 Winner
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 headshot2009-10 Winner
Ingrid Gan was the winner of the 2009-10 Fred Pattison Competition. Ingrid was a student of Gwen Beamish.

2008-2009 Winners2008-09 Winner
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)

Adjudicator Biography

Sofya Bugayan

Sofya Bugayan headshotSofya Bugayan was born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. She got her first piano lesson at the age of four with M.G. Terekhova. From 1988 till 1995 studied in M. F. Gnesin’s Music School with N. M. Semeniuk. In 1993 she won her first Youth Competition and made her debut with orchestra in 1994. A year later Sofya entered Music College and began to study with professor S. I. Ossipenko, who will also be her professor in Rostov Conservatoire (1999-2004) and during Postgraduate Studies (2004-2006).

In 2006 Sofya spent 3 months in The Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Alberta, Canada), thanks to a grant UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for the Artists, which Sofya has won in summer’2005. In Canada, besides performances and collaboration with other musicians, Sofya participated master-classes of famous Canadian pianists Anton Kuerti and Kevin Fitzgerald.

Also Sofya participated in master-classes with Nikolay Petrov (Saint-Petersburg House of Music, 2007), Konstantin Scherbakov (ibid, 2010, 2011). In October 2009 Sofya took part in Youth Music Academy of CIS countries within the framework of IV Festival of Yuri Bashmet in Minsk (Belarus), where master-classes was led by Vassiliy Lobanov, Christofer Elton and Murad Adygezalzade.

Sofya has become a winner of Serebryakov’s International Piano Competition (Volgograd, Russia, 1998) and A. Khachaturian International Competition (Yerevan, Armenia, 2007), has become laureate in Andorra International Piano Competition (Andorra, 2000), International Piano Competition in memory of V.Lotar-Shevchenko (Russia, Yekaterinburg, 2014), has received Special Prize “F.Fuseli” in “Valsesia-Musica” International Competition (Varallo Sesia, Italy 2001), Diploma in I All-Russian Music Competition ( Russia, Moscow, 2010). In 2018 Sofya has got II Prize in 4th Sussex International Piano Competition (United Kingdom, Sussex, Worthing).

Sofya participated in Festivals of contemporary music in Moscow (2005) and Rostov-on-Don (2001, 2003, 2006, 2010) performing works by V. Silvestrov, G. Kancheli, T. Shakhidi, E.Artemiev. Sofya is the first performer of “Transcendental Variations” (2001), “Concerto for piano and orchestra of Russian folk instruments” (2005) and “Rachmaninov. Rhapsody in black, red and blue” for piano with orchestra by Mikhail Fuxmann.

In December 2014 Sofya participated in VIII Mariinsky International Piano Festival which was held in the Concert Hall of Mariinsky Theatre.

Sofya Bugayan performed with Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, Vladikavkaz, Stavropol, Yerevan, Krasnodar, Makhachkala, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Yaroslavl, Saint-Petersburg Symphony Orchestras. Conductors with whom she has worked include Valery Khlebnikov, Ravil Martynov, Eduard Serov, Krikor Khurdayan, Alexander Mileykovsky, Semen Kogan, Vladimir Ponkin, Mikhail Golikov, Serghey Smbatyan (Armenia), Barak Tal (Israel), Hobart Earle (USA), Eugene Bushkov, Murad Annamamedov, Mikhail Leontiev, Yuri Androsov, Denis Ivensky, Yuriy Mikhailenko, Ilya Petrenko, Anna Rakitina, Anatoliy Levin, Valery Platonov, Misha Damev (Switzerland-Bulgaria), John Gibbons (UK), Zaurbek Gugkaev.

In 2006 Sofya started teaching in Rostov State Rachmaninov’s Conservatoire as well as in Music College, attached to the Conservatoire. Since then, some students became laureates of competitions, held in Russia: Natalia Skomorokhova, Timofey Vdovichenko, Aslan Kostoev, Sofia Yachmeneva, Margarita Statzenko. Students graduated from the class of Sofya Bugayan are working as teachers, accompanying pianists and vocal coaches in musical schools, colleges in different cities of Russia, as well as in Mariinsky young singers Academy.

Contact Information

Leslie Kinton
Fred Pattison Competition Co-ordinator
519-661-2111 x85373