Frank Wibaut

Frank Wibaut is an International Soloist, Chamber Musician and recording/broadcasting Artist in major concert halls in over 40 countries.

With a performed repertoire of 97 concerti he has performed the Emperor piano concerto more than 500 times and has been a soloist with all the major British orchestras, BBC orchestras, Chamber orchestras and many international orchestras around the world. His recording labels include: EMI, Hyperion, Chandos, Regis, Polydor, Hugo (Hong Kong), Bongiovanni (Italy), HNH (USA), etc., with Solo, Concerto and Chamber music repertoire.

With his large solo repertoire, he also performs chamber music concerts with the world’s leading international instrumentalists and was pianist in the Dartington Piano Trio. His repertoire includes many premiers with performances in major Festivals in Japan, London, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Venice, Prague, Brno, + France, Belgium, Austria and Australia etc.

First prizes include: Hastings Concerto Competition, London Chopin Competition Royal Overseas League and BBC Piano Competition etc.  As a much sought after teacher, he was Professor of Piano at both the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music, where he became Head of Postgraduate Performance Studies. He is now a Senior Piano Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and Visiting Professor in several countries. His students win both national and international prizes. He also coaches internationally distinguished musicians.

Invitations as Performer/Professor include: The Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg (19 years), the Nice Summer Academy in France and Kirishima International Festival in Japan, where he is a frequent visitor.

His teachers include: Cyril Smith and John Barstow with guidance from Gordon Green, Bela Siki, Nadia Boulanger and Andre Tchaikovsky etc.

For 10 years as the first Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury, he developed the rapid international growth of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. He partnered the competition with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and awarded prizes of over £32,000 + concert engagements, including the RPO.  As juror on international competitions, he was the first European invited to the Jury of the Japan Music Competition and in 2018 was a guest speaker at the first “Arlink-Argerich” world conference on International Piano Competitions, held in Barcelona.

The Royal Academy of Music in London awarded him with their highest honour, for his outstanding contribution to the RAM and to music worldwide.

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