Alexa Stier

2019 Winner

Born in Satu Mare, Romania, Alexa Stier had been awarded the Silvestri Scholarship twice for young Romanian musicians by The Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh (2013-2014 and 2014-2015). Spending her last two years of secondary school in Scotland, she was studying piano under the tuition of Graeme McNaught and Fali Pavri in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she is continuing her studies as a fourth year Undergraduate student of Prof. Fali Pavri. She has been receiving lessons from great professors such as Olga Kern, Steven Osborne, William Fong, Iain Fountain, Gabriel Kwok and Petras Geniusas.

Alexa began playing the piano at the age of four, becoming a pupil at the ‘Aurel Popp’ School of Music and Arts in Satu Mare and since then she has been participating in numerous piano competitions, returning with an array of awards and scholarships. From the age of 11 Alexa has been offered the opportunity to collaborate yearly with the ‘Dinu Lipatti’ Philharmonic Orchestra from Romania, in 2014-2015 with the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Community Orchestra (Edinburgh) and in 2018 with the Kelvin Ensemble (Glasgow), to perform concerti of Mozart, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Ravel and Bartók.

In 2016 she was the winner of the ‘Bach Prize’ organized at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and she was also awarded 3rd prize at the ‘Merci, Maestro!’ International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Brussels.  In the autumn of 2016, she was selected as one of the few finalists at the International Piano Competition in Enschede, Netherlands; she was also awarded the Mozart prize at the ‘Young Pianist of the North’ piano competition organized in Newcastle, UK. For the first semester of the academic year 2017-2018 she was studying at the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary), through the Erasmus exchange scheme under the guidance of Prof. Jenő Jandó and Prof. Gyöngyi Keveházi. Alexa is often giving recitals: her most notable concerts would be the recitals both in 2016 and 2017 at the Brunton theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, playing in Glasgow City Halls in 2017, or performing in Vaidilos Theater in Vilnius, Lithuania (2018). In June 2019 she will have the privilege of performing Bartok Piano Concerto no. 3 with the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow.

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