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Prize Winners’ Gala Concert

With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rory Macdonald

7pm, Saturday, March 4th, 2023
White Rock Theatre

We are thrilled to welcome back to the White Rock Theatre, Shunta Morimoto
& Mariamna Sherling for a special Prize Winners’ Gala Concert.

Both of these young, international pianists thrilled the capacity audience with their performances in the final of the 16th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition in March 2022.

We are delighted that they will be joined once again by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Rory Macdonald.


Dvorak Carnival Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 (Shunta Morimoto)


Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet
Rachmaninov Paganini Variations (Mariamna Sherling)

Saturday 4 March 2023 at 7pm at the White Rock Theatre

Tickets from £15 with discounts available for students and those in receipt of JSA. Under 16s free with accompanying adult.


Shunta Morimoto

Shunta Morimoto was born in Kyoto, Japan in December 2004. From a very early age he showed his remarkable pianistic gifts. At the age of twelve, he won the prestigious First Prize of the Piano Teachers Association of Japan, as well as the Fukuda Scholarship Award, one of the most important prizes for a Japanese musician today. This Scholarship allowed him to study with some of the leading pianists and pedagogues in the world. He took part in the Van Cliburn Junior Competition in Dallas, Texas in May 2019 to much public acclaim and his extraordinary performances went viral on the internet gaining him a large global following of admirers, musicians and critics.

Since then he has performed with leading chamber ensembles, musicians and orchestras in Japan and abroad. In November 2021, the phenomenal success of his recital in the historic hall of Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome was one of the highlights of his early career.

In February 2022 at the age of 17, amongst over 300 competitors, he was awarded unanimously the First Prize in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition playing the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Also He had concerts in England, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy and Japan performing solo repertoire, chamber music and piano concertos.

In 2023, he will be playing all around the world including a concert with the Pacific symphony orchestra in Los Angeles

in January and four concerts playing with the Royal philharmonic orchestra in England including his debut in London with this orchestra playing 4th concerto of Beethoven.

He currently studies with Maestro William Grant Naboré at the world famous International Piano Academy-Lake Como and participates in the Masterclasses of the Academy as the youngest student in the history of this venerable institution.

He has since been awarded the Yamaha Scholarship for his studies at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, where he is enrolled in the class of Piano Accompaniment with Maestro Giovanni Velluti.


Mariamna Sherling was born on April 7, 2001 and admitted to the Moscow Gnessin
Secondary Special Music School in 2009.

In December 2009 she took part in the Tchaikovsky festival in Moscow. In November 2012, Mariamna performed at the XIII International Television Competition for Young Musicians “The Nutcracker” in Moscow, receiving the title of laureate. In October 2013, Mariamna took part in the VIII International Yuri Bashmet Festival (Minsk, Belarus) and less than a year later she received the 1st prize and became the laureate of the 11th International Rotary Competition.

Mariamna took part in the XV International Chamber Music and Young Talent Course Musica Mundi in Brussels, Belgium in July 2013. She received the 1st prize at the 10th International Competition “Young
Virtuosos” which took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, in March 2014. In 2015, Mariamna received 1st Prize and Laureate Diploma in the II George Gershwin International Competition in New York, USA. In 2018, she was awarded the Moscow Mayor’s Prize.

Since 2019 she has been a student of the Moscow State P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Natalia Trull).

The last two years have been busy for Mariamna.  In addition to taking third prize in Hastings she has triumphed in piano competitions in France, Italy, Spain and Germany and recently undertook a major concert tour under the baton of conductor Vladimir Spivakov.

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