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Mark Viner is recognised as one of the most exciting British pianists of the younger generation. His playing is notable for its individuality, tonal allure, musical integrity and technical mastery. He began playing at the age of 11 and, two years later, he was awarded a scholarship under the Government’s ‘Music and Dance’ scheme to enter the Purcell School of Music. Another scholarship took him to the Royal College of Music where he has been studying with Niel Immelman for the past five years.
He has given acclaimed performances at the prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and the Royal Academy of Art, while foreign engagements have led him as far afield as Italy. Following his participation in the prestigious Oxford Philomusica International Piano Festival, he was invited to give recitals at the Oxford’s Jacqueline du Pré Music Building. He is also enjoys frequent invitations to play for the Alkan Society. Awards received last year include a bursary from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Sarah Mundlak Memorial Prize for Piano, for which he was nominated in the Royal College of Music after receiving the highest mark in his year for his final recital. Earlier this year, he was invited to play for a masterclass with Lang Lang at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre, an event which was filmed for a BBC2 documentary with Alan Yentob.
In April 2012, he was awarded the first prize at the 1st C. V. Alkan – P. J. G. Zimmerman International Piano Competition in Athens. Following this success, he has recently been named an Honorary Board Member and the Special Music Advisor of the C.V. Alkan – P.J.G. Zimmerman International Music Association. Earlier this year, he was also chosen to play under the auspices of H.R.H. Prince Charles. Current projects include a literary work on the music of Alkan, stemming from his interest in the more neglected repertoire to be found in the piano literature.