Management Committee and Staff


Managing Director : Ian Roberts

Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury : Frank Wibaut

Management Committee : Chair: Sarah Kowitz DL, Miwako Hosono,  Jonathan Marten,  Ian Roberts, Lucinda Sheppard, Frank Wibaut, Dr Richard Wray DL.


General Manager : Hannah Deeble

Artistic Assistant : Miwako Hosono

Friends and Patrons Coordinator : Mimi Scott

Volunteers Coordinator : Sue Schlesinger

Press Officer : Julian Norridge

Priory Meadow Organiser : Lesley Turnbull

Accommodation Coordinators :Victoria Furzer and

Susan Wealthdale

Rehearsal Pianos Coordinator : Richard Hermon

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Management Committee

Lucinda Sheppard

Lucinda Sheppard is a specialist music teacher of Piano, Violin and Voice, who has held posts in the South East as Director of Music. Lucinda was a top music scholar at Benenden, progressing to the Birmingham Conservatoire where she was awarded a BMus Hons. Winning the coveted Josef Weingarten and Capital University Scholarships Lucinda gained post graduate diplomas in Piano, Violin, Voice, Conducting, Music methodology, Solfege and Pedagogy at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary and has performed across England and Europe as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. These skills she has adapted and used to support, develop and enthuse our next generation.

Lucinda has a great passion in enabling musicians to showcase their talents on the world platform. Her beliefs follow the Kodaly characteristics of a good musician such as having a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, hand and heart.  Lucinda sits on the committees of both the Hastings International Musical Festival and the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition wishing to ensure they continue to go from strength to strength.

Jonathan Marten

Jonathan Marten studied organ, piano and orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music, after which he was Director of Music of a school in Hastings, and of Choral Societies, as well as at Bexhill Parish Church where he re-established an ‘all male’ choral tradition, formed the St. Peter’s Singers, the Bexhill Festival Choir, St Peter’s Music Makers and in 1969 began a separate girls’ choirs, parallel to the boys’ choir, possibly the first in what has become a trend in UK Parish Churches and Cathedrals.

In 2003 he came up with the idea of reviving the HIMF Concerto Class, purely for piano with an orchestral final, thus he created the original format for the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

Since going freelance in 1987 he has examined in over 50 countries for ABRSM. He has performed in Europe, New Zealand, the Caribbean and USA and continues to perform as a pianist, organist and choral and orchestral conductor.


Sarah Kowitz DL (Chair)

Sarah Kowitz moved with her family to Hastings from New York in 2004 and has been involved with a number of community issues ever since. Born and educated in London, she graduated from the faculty of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia in 1984 and then trained as a reporter at the Kent and Sussex Courier. She later worked in Hong Kong as the Education Editor of the Hong Kong Standard.

She is a member of the board of the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, the board of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, and is Head Govenor of Ark Little Ridge School, Hastings.

Frank Wibaut

Frank Wibaut is an International Soloist, Chamber Musician and recording/broadcasting Artist in major concert halls, in more than 35 countries. With his performed repertoire of 78 concerti, he has been a soloist with all the major British orchestras, BBC orchestras, Chamber orchestras and, many international orchestras around the world. His recording labels include: EMI, Hyperion, Chandos, Regis, Polydor, Hugo (Hong Kong), Bongiovanni (Italy), HNH (USA),etc, with Solo, Concerto and chamber music repertoire. He is planning to record the piano repertoire of Brahms.

He also performs in chamber music with many of the worlds leading instrumentalists.

Among his many first prizes are: The Chappell Gold Medal (RCM), The Hastings Concerto Competition, The Royal Overseas League, the London Chopin Competition and the BBC Piano Competition etc.

As a much sought after pedagogue, he was Professor of Piano at both the Royal College of Music (where he was a Junior and Senior Scholar) and the Royal Academy of Music, where he also became Head of Postgraduate Performance Studies. He is now a Senior Piano Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and a Visiting Professor in several countries. His students win both national and International prizes. During the summer he is a regular Professor and performer at the Mozarteum Summer Academy (Salzburg) and was also in the Nice Summer Academy and the Kirishima Festival (Japan) for several years. He gives Masterclasses throughout the world.

His teachers have included John Barstow, Cyril Smith, Gordon Green, Bela Siki, Nadia Boulanger and Andre Tchaikowsky etc.

He was appointed Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition in 2012 . In September 2016 and 2017 he was the first European judge invited to the Japan Music Competition. the oldest major competition in Japan. During the summer of 2017 he gave several concerts on the Cote D’azur including a Beethoven Triple Concerto with the French regional orchestra at the Cello Fan Festival (above Cannes), with the French cellist Frederic Audibert.

In March 2018 he was invited as a guest speaker at the first Arlink-Argerich world conference on International Piano Competitions, in Barcelona.


Dr Richard Wray DL

Dr Richard Wray trained as a Consultant Cardiologist and General Physician and worked for many years mainly in Hastings and at Kings College Hospital in London. Whilst working he noted how much appropriate music helped those in hospital, and so established the live music programme at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings which became one of the largest in any UK NHS hospital. A particular feature is the Young Musician in Residence programme. Richard is also a Patron of the Young Classical Artists Trust which prepares young gifted potential international musicians for their future careers. He states that ‘I was asked to join the committee of HIPCC to channel some of my energy and enthusiasm into helping others more expert than myself into building up the competition into a major international event in the musical calendar. My longstanding appointment as one of the Deputy Lieutenants of East Sussex has been very helpful in that regard. I work with and support the East Sussex Schools Music Service, a remarkable high quality organisation noted particularly for the expertise and dedication of it’s teachers who go far beyond the call of duty to enthuse young people from an early age.’