Australian pianist, Primavera Shima, has been the recipient of major prizes and awards in numerous national and international competitions. The Tait Memorial Trust are delighted that Miss Shima has agreed to play in our Tait Winter Prom and will open the second half of the concert with a Schumann Romance and, for the first time in the UK, Guido Agosti’s thrilling transcription of a suite from Stravinsky’s ever-popular ballet The Firebird.
Tait Winter Prom, November 26 6.30pm reception – 7.30pm concert begins Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, Sloane St, Chelsea SW1X 9BZ
Most recently, she won the first prize in the Cecile Edel-Latos Competition in Chatou, and reached the keyboard finals in the Royal Overseas League Competition in London where she received the Overseas Award and the Tait Memorial Trust Scholarship. In 2010, she became the first ever dual recipient of the Sterndale Bennett Prize and the Scholarship since its inception 140 years ago. The same year, she received the Managing Director’s Award in the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition. She won the first prize in the Werner Baer Memorial Award in 2004, and in 2009, reached the semi-finals of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition with an Encouragement Award. After being selected as one of the state-finalists in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award in 2001, she performed an hour long live programme on the 2MBS-FM. In 2011, she reached the semi-finals for both the Pancho Vladigerov International Piano Competition in Bulgaria, and the 5th Campillos International Piano Competition in Spain.
Primavera performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 with the East-West Orchestra at the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, under the baton of Henryk Pisarek. She made her Paris debut at the Salle Cortot in 2012.
Primavera gained a first class mark for her final recital and received her Bachelor’s Degree with Honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Previously, she studied at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, and the Juilliard Pre-College in New York. Her teachers have included John Perry, Margaret Hair, Elizabeth Powell, Herbert Stessin, and Ian Fountain. She has also participated in Masterclasses given by Marc Durand and Lev Vlassenko. She is currently studying at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris under the direction of Marian Rybicki.
Primavera Shima’s website