Faculty of Music

Fred Pattison Piano Competition

Fred PattisonProceeds from the Fred Pattison Award Fund, held by Foundation Western, will support the $3,200 Fred Pattison Piano Award at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, which is to be 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

Dr. Pattison is Western’s former Head of Chemistry (1959-1965) and Director of Student Health Services (1973-1988). He has a great passion for the piano and has 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 Award will be awarded to a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th 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 Masters in Music 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 technique, range and musicality.

Material performed in Round One may be performed in Round Two.
2017 Competition Details: Round One (not open to the public) took place on January 27, 2017 in von Kuster Hall at 1:30 p.m.

Round Two: Public Performance
2017 Competition Details: Three finalists were invited to compete in the Final Round on Friday January 27, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall. This round was judged by the 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. 

Judging the 2017 Competition on Friday, January 27, 2017 was pianist David Jalbert. Mr. Jalbert also have a masterclass on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in von Kuster Hall.


To register for this competition (2018 competition dates TBA - 2017 dates included for reference), students must submit the following information to the Performance Office, TC 232 on paper & in person (i.e. not put under the door, not in their mailbox, not emailed, etc.) by Monday, January 16, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Performance by last year's Winner

James Masschelein, winner of the 2016 Fred Pattison Piano Competition, will give a public performance on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall. More info here.

2017 Results

Ethan Lacey headshotCongratulations to Ethan Lacey, winner of the 2017 Fred Pattison competition. 2018 performance date TBA (summer 2017). The other two finalists were Sean Kao and Hao Li.

2015-16 Winner

James Masschelein headshotCongratulations to James Masschelein winner of the 2016 Fred Pattison Piano Competition. The other two finalists were: Sean Kao and Hao Li.  This year's competition was adjudicated by Jimmy Brière. His public performance was given on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall.

2014-15 Winner

Bryce Lansdell headshotCongratulations to Bryce Lansdell winner of the 2015 Fred Pattison Piano Competition.

2013-14 Winner

Dan Luong headshotCongratulations to Dan Luong winner of the 2014 Fred Pattison Piano Competition.

2012-13 Winner

Vladimir Soloviev headshotCongratulations to Vladimir Soloviev winner of the 2013 Fred Pattison Piano Competition.

2011-12 Winner

Bryn Blackwood headshotBryn 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.

2010-11 Winner

Vladimir SolovievCongratulations 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 8p.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 8p.m. in von Kuster Hall.

2009-10 Winner

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

2008-09 Winner

2008-2009 Winners
From L to R: Mrs. Pattison, Dr. Pattison, Ms. Sara Laimon (Adjudicator), Mr. Neal Cabigon (Winner)

Jan. 31, 2009 - Congratulations to Neal Cabigon, winner of the innaugural 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 Honors Performance program.