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 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.

2018 Important Dates

Fred Pattison Piano Award Competition Winner’s Recital featuring 2017 recipient Ethan Lacey
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 8:00 p.m., von Kuster Hall

Live Audition – Round One (closed to the public)
Friday, January 26, 2018, 1:30 p.m., von Kuster Hall

Public Performance – Round Two
Friday, January 26, 2018, 8:00 p.m., von Kuster Hall

Public Masterclass
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., von Kuster Hall


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 Monday, January 15, 2018 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.

2017-18 Winner

Congratulations to Elizabeth Vogel, winner of the 2018 Fred Pattison Competition. This year’s competition was adjudicated by Enrico Elisi.

2016-17 Winner

Ethan Lacey headshotCongratulations to Ethan Lacey, winner of the 2017 Fred Pattison Competition. The other two finalists were Sean Kao and Hao Li. This year’s competition was adjudicated by David Jalbert.

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. 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.

2014-15 Winner

Bryce Lansdell headshotCongratulations 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.

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 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.

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 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 Honors Performance program.