Ethan Loch - 19 (United Kingdom)
Scherzo Op. 54, #4 in E major
Etude Op. 10, #4 in C sharp minor
Polonaise #5 in f-sharp minor, Op. 44
Etude Op. 25, #11
Nocturne Op. 15, #2 in F-Sharp Major
Mazurka Op. 7, #1 in B-Flat Major
Ballade op. 52, #4 in f minor
Ethan was born in 2004 and diagnosed completely blind since birth. As a toddler, he would explore the piano for hours imitating his first inspiration, Rowlf the piano-playing dog from the Muppet Show. His other inspiration, the DVD "Horowitz in Vienna", he played relentlessly.
His formal piano lessons began at age 4 with his mother; he now studies with Fali Pavri (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).
He has been composing since early childhood and is now working towards publishing his collection of Waltzes, Etudes and two piano concertos.
In 2016 Ethan was awarded a major International award in the Vatican. He received the Premio Asoluto prize at the 15th International "Giuseppe Sciacca" awards in Rome, for his ability to create music "full of colours" as an inspiration to all.
In July 2019 Ethan won the Scottish International Youth Piano Competition as part of the Moray Prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He reached the grand final of BBC Young Musician 2022 after winning the keyboard category final; he played Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto in F Minor with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.
Following this success, Ethan has arranged many future concerto and recital debuts throughout the UK for 2024 and beyond. 2024 will see him perform with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (a reunion with Mark Wigglesworth), then with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and concerto concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra following in 2025.