The 2024 Silverman Piano Concerto Competition finalists

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2024 Robert & Ellen Silverman Piano Concerto Competition Semi-Finals!

On Saturday, March 23, five UBC piano students performed concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Mozart to an enthusiastic audience in the Roy Barnett Recital Hall at UBC. The three finalists who emerged will perform in the Final Round with the UBC Chamber Orchestra in September.

“The five performances in last night’s Silverman Competition semi-final round were all outstanding! Every performer showed great artistry, musical and technical command and professional-level stage presence. What an honor to hear all five great performers and so much great music in one evening!”
Chair, Keyboard Division

Congratulations to finalists BMus student Hamilton Lau who performed Beethoven’s Concerto No.5 in E-flat Major, BMus student Lucy Moon who performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto No.1 in G Minor, and MMus student Daniel Tong who performed Mozart’s Concerto No.4 in G Major for their beautiful and inspired performances.

Finalists Hamilton Lau, Lucy Moon and Daniel Tong

The Silverman Competition gala round will take place September 28. Each finalist will perform their concerto with the UBC Symphony Orchestra in the Old Auditorium. Full event details will be announced later this year.

The Robert and Ellen Silverman Piano Concerto Competition bring together some of the UBC School of Music’s best and brightest young piano students for an evening of gorgeous and challenging music. The competition was designed to give students opportunities to perform with the UBC Chamber Orchestra in a high-profile public concert.

“Professionally, if any pianist is going to make it, playing a concerto and knowing how to do it is very important. There are only so many opportunities to play with the orchestra. Ellen and I thought, what can we do that would be good for the students and a good feature for the School?”
Professor Emeritus & Competition Patron

Thank you to competition patrons Robert and Ellen Silverman, jury members Barrie Barrington and Rudy Rozanski, to all who worked so hard to put this competition together, and to everyone who came out in support of our students!

(L to R) Semi-finalists Vivienne Thamrin, Sasha Luchkov with jury members Rudy Rozanski and Barrie Barrington; finalists Daniel Tong, Hamilton Lau, and Lucy Moon; with patrons Ellie and Robert Silverman (in front). Photo: Mark Anderson/UBC Music