The Terence Judd-Hallé Award

We are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of The Terence Judd-Hallé Award is Italian-born pianist Alexander Gadjiev.

The award commemorates the work and tragically short life of Terence Judd, a remarkable talent who passed away in 1979 at the age of 22. After the establishment of a trust in his name, the award has been presented in association with the Hallé since 1982, with notable past recipients including Stephen Hough, Nikolai Lugansky and Elisabeth Brauss.

In 2021, the award was relaunched as an annual partnership with the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, to support the continued development of an outstanding young pianist coming to the end of their time on the scheme.

Each year, one of the young pianists is selected by the BBC to become a recipient of the award. The winner receives a concerto performance with the Hallé, a chamber recital with Hallé musicians at Hallé St Peter’s, a solo recital as part of the Manchester Mid-day Concert Series (all dates to be announced) and a cash prize of £7,000.

This year’s winner, Alexander Gadjiev, has been on the BBC New Generation Artists scheme since 2019. He won first prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition and second prize in the Chopin Competition in 2021.

He will make his debut with the Hallé in our 2022-23 season, further details of which will be announced in May.

Alexander Gadjiev said of winning the award:

‘It is a great honour for me to be the recipient of this year’s Terence Judd-Hallé Award and to be therefore connected to one of the leading orchestras in the continent, the Hallé Orchestra.

I must add a few words about the figure of Terence Judd: after his tragic end we are thankfully left with a handful of recordings of his; no wonder he was so beloved by the Russian audience at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978. He has been a performer of true passion, incredible temperament and dedication towards his art and music in general. I do hope not only to share an important date of his life (he passed away on the same day as my birthday) but I would like to think that this Award also means to carry on a legacy of uncompromising piano playing, filled with utmost dedication and true passion. Again, I truly am honoured to receive this Prize. Thank you’

Alexander Gadjiev biography

Musical exposure and Central European culture: Alexander Gadjiev owes the first to his family, with both parents being piano teachers and musicians, and the second to Gorizia – his city of origin – a natural crossroads of peoples, cultures and languages. These factors have both had a determining influence on his natural ability to absorb, process and rework, to his own taste, different musical styles and languages. Tutored by his father, a well-known Russian teacher, Alexander played for the first time with an orchestra at the age of nine, and held his first solo recital aged ten. He was awarded his diploma at the age of seventeen, with the highest marks and honours. This allowed him to participate in the Premio Venezia – a competition reserved for the best young talents in Italy – and to win the 30th edition of the award.

Alexander has just received the Second Prize and the “Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a Sonata” at the”18th Chopin Competition” in Warsaw.

A few months before he won the First Prize and several other prizes the 2021 Sydney International Piano Competition.

Gadjiev is still currently “BBC New Generation Artist” from 2019 to 2021, which gives him the opportunity to record several times for renowned Studios in London and to perform in prestigious British festivals and venues and to collaborate with the BBC orchestras throughout the United Kingdom

Alexander Gadjiev has won in the past two other major piano competitions: First Prize in the 2015 Hamamatsu, where he also got the “audience prize” and First Prize at the 2018 Montecarlo “World Piano Masters”

Over the last yeas Gadjiev has been invited to perform in Japan and at major piano festivals, including: the Verbier Festival, the MiTo Festival in Turin, the “Chopin” Festival in Duszniki, the ClaviCologne International Piano Festival in Düsseldorf, Piano Festival Rafael Orozco in Cordoba, the Ljubljana Festival, Bologna Festival, Settimane Musicali for the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the Festival Animato de Paris, Kammermusik Salzburg Festival, Teatro La Fenice, Kioi Hall and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo, Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Osaka, Salle Cortot in Paris, the Moscow Conservatory, and then in Salt Lake City, Istanbul, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Wigmore Hall, Albeburgh Festival and many others.

Last engagements: a long tour of Poland, his debut under the baton of Valerij Gergiev at the Marijnski Theatre in St Petersburg, concerts in the UK, the Nederlands, Italy. The year 2022 will gloriously end with an Australian and Far East tour lasting over 90 days!

Further information

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BBC New Generation Artists scheme:

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