17 Jul 2019

What the judge is looking for at the Wallace National Piano Competition

From Upbeat, 1:00 pm on 17 July 2019

Pianist Charles Owen has been described by  The Guardian newspaper as “one of the finest British pianists of his generation”.

Charles Owen

Charles Owen Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

He’s a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School in London and he was appointed as a Steinway UK Ambassador in 2016.

He’s in New Zealand to adjudicate the Wallace National Piano Competition.

His most recent recording to be released, is a two CD set of Brahms’s late piano works; and it’s been very well received.

One reviewer’s written, “Owen performs miracles of lucidity of texture, his tempos perfectly judged; but his highest achievement is to make the listener forget there is a middleman. It is almost as if Brahms speaks directly to us.”

He chats to David Morriss about his career and what he's looking for in the young pianists competing in this week's Wallace National Piano Competition finals.