Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

The 2024 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition returns
from 22 February until 2 March 2024

Concerto Competition

The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has evolved from its earliest days as part of Hastings Music Festival to become an… (read more)

Youth Engagement

In recent years, we have developed an active programme of sending competition contestants into local schools. We offer free transport to local schools… (read more)

Upcoming Events

From our live events, fundraising events, our prizewinner recitals to our winners performing elsewhere, find all the dates and details here. (read more)

Our Prizewinners

Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has a rich alumni of prizewinners. (read more)


In 2022 after a Covid-forced reschedule we were delighted to welcome back to Hastings 45 of the finest young pianists from all over the world for the 16th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

This 16th edition of the competition saw a few changes from previous editions. For the first time we were welcomed to the Rye Creative Centre for Stage 1, before moving back to the White Rock Theatre, our spiritual home, for Stage 2, the semi-finals and finals.

As we look for ways to grow the competition we founded a new orchestra, the Royal College of Music Prince Consort Orchestra. This orchestra made up of recent graduates of the Royal College of Music provided an excellent addition to the Semi-Finals.

We were thrilled to be once again joined by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the expert baton of Rory Macdonald. Shunta Morimoto, aged just 17 wowed the jury with his performances throughout the competition and took home the first prize and Molly Townson memorial trophy.