Fred Pattison Piano Competition
Proceeds from the Fred Pattison Award Fund, 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 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.
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.
American pianist Yael Weiss will adjudicate the 2019 Competition on Friday, January 25, 2019, 8:00 p.m., von Kuster Hall. Weiss will present a public masterclass on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., von Kuster Hall.
2019 Important DatesFred Pattison Piano Award Competition Winner’s Recital featuring 2018 recipient Elizabeth Vogel
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 8:00 p.m., von Kuster Hall
Live Audition – Round One (closed to the public)
Friday, January 25, 2019, 2:30 p.m., von Kuster Hall (new time)
Public Performance – Round Two
Friday, January 25, 2019, 8:00 p.m., von Kuster Hall
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 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 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
- 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.
Congratulations to Kevin Lu, winner of the 2019 Fred Pattison Competition. The other two finalists were Caroline Guo and Daniel Ha. This year’s competition was adjudicated by Yael Weiss. Kevin will give a public performance in January 2020. (Exact date to be annoucned by the end of August 2019.)
Congratulations to Elizabeth Vogel, winner of the 2018 Fred Pattison Competition. The other two finalists were Daniel Ha and Sean Kao. 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.
Congratulations to Ethan Lacey, winner of the 2017 Fred Pattison Competition. The other two finalists were Sean Kao and Hao Li. 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.
Congratulations 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.
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.
Congratulations to Dan Luong winner of the 2014 Fred Pattison Piano Competition.
Congratulations to Vladimir Soloviev winner of the 2013 Fred Pattison Piano Competition.
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.
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 was the winner of the 2009-10 Fred Pattison Competition. Ingrid was a student of Gwen Beamish.
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.