7th - 13th May 2018

Worthing, West Sussex

Welcome from John Gibbons.

SIPC Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Worthing Symphony Orchestra.

Open to all

The Sussex International Piano Competition was founded by the late Iain Deane and myself, in conjunction with Blüthner Pianos, to offer pianists of all ages the opportunity to be judged in fair open competition.

The first SIPC was generously supported by Blüthner Pianos and attracted a very high standard of competitors – a trend that has continued through successive competitions.


SIPC 1 was won by Latvian pianist Arta Arnicane, who has since appeared many times with Worthing Symphony Orchestra, the professional orchestra of West Sussex, Northampton Symphony Orchestra and Ealing Symphony Orchestra.

In October 2017 she makes her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Grieg Piano Concerto with myself as conductor.

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Latvian pianist. Arta Arnicane
Thai pianist, Poom Prommachart


SIPC 2 was won by the Thai pianist, Poom Prommachart. Poom was the first winner to be offered the chance to record a solo disc with the acclaimed Champs Hill label, thanks to the generous support of the Bowerman Trust (music by Liszt, Scriabin and Medtner) and has played concertos with WSO in both Worthing and Northampton.

Rabiga Dyussembayeva, who came second, has played concertos with WSO and Ealing Symphony Orchestra whilst third placed Olga Paliy recently played Mendelssohn’s 1st Piano Concerto with WSO.

SIPC Three

SIPC 3 saw the introduction of a test piece in the quarter finals – Devil’s Reel by William Alwyn.

The competition winner was Varvara Tarasova who has since made a recording of Brahms and Schumann for the Champs Hill label, and made subsequent concerto appearances with WSO and Northampton Symphony Orchestra.

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Second place was awarded to Dinara Klinton who has also made concerto appearances with WSO and Northampton Symphony Orchestra. Dinara’s recent recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Studies has been much acclaimed by music media. Third place was awarded to Anna Szalucka who has also subsequently performed with WSO and Northampton Symphony Orchestra.

Pianist, Varvara Tarasova

A friendly nature and family feel

Many previous competitors have commented favourably on the friendly nature of competition week – an atmosphere greatly aided by the hosting of every competitor with families in the Worthing area.

This amounts to free lodging for the competition week and shows the real commitment to both SIPC and WSO by our loyal audience.

We are also exceedingly grateful for the generous support of the Bowerman Trust whose sponsorship includes offering the winner of SIPC 4 the opportunity to record a recital disc for the Champs Hill Label.

Finalists are offered further concerto opportunities as well as recitals and our popular Interview concerts.


PDF DocumentSIPC Application form.(PDF) 106kb

Deadline extended to midnight (GMT) Friday 19th January 2018.

PDF DocumentRules & How to Apply.(PDF) 362kb

The Competition organisers have set out comprehensive Rules. Please download and review in full before entry.