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Blanc Wan - 2014

Blanc Wan (click for full Biographical details):

Blanc Wan has established a profile as a pianist, musicologist and educator. He is the Chairman of Hong Kong International Pianists’ Association, the Artistic Director of the Hong Kong International Piano Conference and a governor of the Royal Northern College of Music. Graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Oxford, he has given many highly acclaimed recitals throughout Europe, Asia and North America including the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and a recital in Poland to mark the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth in 2010. As the Editor in Chief of The Pianist magazine, he has published interviews with most of the world's greatest pianists such as Lang Lang, Dame Fanny Waterman, Jörg Demus, Leslie Howard, Peter Donohoe, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Pascal Rogé, Pascal Devoyon, John Lill, Peter Frankl, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Stephen Hough, among others. He has been invited on the juries of many prestigious piano competitions in Asia. In 2014, Blanc Wan will serve on the juries of Asia Piano Open Competition, Hong Kong International Piano Open Competition – The Liszt Award, as well as Macau Youth Piano etc.



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Melanie Spanswick (click for full Biographical details):

Melanie Spanswick is a classical pianist, author, teacher, presenter, and adjudicator. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, Melanie studied with Patricia Carroll, Tatiana Sarkissova, and John Lill. Whilst at the RCM she won many prizes including the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff prize for ‘the most outstanding postgraduate pianist of the year’ and she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies. Melanie has performed in many of the major UK concert halls, has made a solo recording and has broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio 2, CBC Radio, Swedish and Spanish Television. Festival appearances have included Cheltenham, Windsor, Southwark, Prussia Cove, Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and the International Liszt Festival in Hamilton (Ontario, Canada). Piano teaching posts have included Reading University and the Royal College of Music Junior Department. She has examined for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and currently adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals. Melanie has her own blog site, The Classical Piano and Music Education Blog, where she regularly interviews eminent concert pianists live on camera in her Classical Conversations Series, and she has also written an acclaimed piano guide, So You Want To Play 

The Piano? She writes regular articles and columns for several magazines including the Piano Professional (EPTA) and Pianist Magazine.