FRANK WIBAUT

Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

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 87 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 also performs in chamber music with many of the worlds leading instrumentalists and was pianist in the Dartington piano Trio.

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 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 and Cyril Smith, with guidance from 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 its Director 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.

The Royal Academy of Music awarded Frank Wibaut with their highest honour for his outstanding worldwide service to Music