Concerto Competition

The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has evolved from its earliest days as part of Hastings Music Festival to become an internationally-renowned competition for young concert pianists from around the world, attracting 360 applicants in 2021 across global online auditions, 50 of which have been selected to come to compete in Hastings. Their prize: the opportunity to perform with the brand new graduate orchestra the Royal College of Music Prince Consort Orchestra, Patron His Serene Highness Dr Donatus, Prince von Hohenzollern during semi-finals and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on our two-night final, and to win a first prize of £15,000.

The Sixteenth Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition took place for the first time in both Rye at Rye Creative Centre (Stage 1) and Hastings, at the White Rock Theatre from 24th February to 5th March 2022.

The winner of the 2022 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is Shunta Morimoto.


With a first prize of £15,000, the competition gave six finalists the opportunity to perform a complete concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This year’s Competition entry was by video audition only in a move to become more environmentally friendly.

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The inaugural Hastings International Piano Festival took place in February/March 2020 as the Concerto Competition moved to every other year.