Young Piano Maestro Award

Young Piano Maestro Award

from Simply Be More creator Clare Langan

We announced the “Young Piano Maestro Award” for the first time in June 2021. Founded by a professional musician, flautist Clare Langan, the prize was awarded to the Piano Maestros student who has made the most improvement throughout the academic year.


We are now looking for the Young Piano Maestro of the Year 2021/2022, and it may be you! Continue reading to find out all you need to know about the prize and how to participate.

How can I participate?

Same as last year, every teacher will nominate one student from their class, but we have decided to open the competition to everyone this time. Every student can participate by submitting a short video of themselves playing one piano piece, which they also need to introduce. You are also encouraged to say something about the piece, or about playing the piano in general. It is always interesting to hear your personal connection to the music you play.

Who will choose the best student?

We will invite an independent adjudicator to review the submitted video recordings from all participants, and they will nominate one student per class. We’ll create short footage with the nominees, which will be available on our website, and shared with our Piano Maestros community.

Finally, Clare will award the prize to the student who has shown the most effort in their performance and presentation.

When will the winner be announced? 

The winner will be announced during the award ceremony at our Summer Gala Concert. This year’s award ceremony is on Sunday, the 3rd of July 2022.

About the award

The amount raised through the sales (£1 from each mug and 25p from each card) will go to the best student in the form of a gift voucher to redeem in a local music shop, The Normans in Eltham, which sells sheet music, musical instruments, and lots of other lovely things, perfect for a musician.

The Young Piano Maestro of the academic year will receive;

  • Young Piano Maestro of the Year certificate for each nominee and the winner
  • Young Piano Maestro of the Year mug for the winner
  • A voucher to redeem in a local music shop for the winner

Simply Be More Piano Maestro Mugs & Cards

The idea of the Young Piano Maestro Prize was born when we approached Clare Langan to design mugs and cards with the piano in mind. The special “Simply Be More Piano Maestro” mugs and cards can now be ordered, and £1 from a mug sale and 25p from a card sale go towards the prize. 

You can order the mugs and cards here:

2020/2021 nominees;

Dylan Liu (winner) – tutor Tania Notte, Amelie Bisova – tutor Andrea Vargas Kmecova, Thao Doan – tutor Bozhidar Chapkanov, Victoria Vydrine – tutor Manon Browning, Zhirui Lu – tutor Natasha Kovalenko, Arianna Anderlini – tutor Tereza Stachova, Daniel Velicky – tutor Yuri Demetz, Ophelia Simpkin – tutor Naufal Mukumi.

About Simply Be More creator Clare Langan

The whole ethos of Simply Be More is paying it forward and being the change. Clare says, “I was so encouraged and supported as a young musician and had the best teachers. To encourage and nurture is paramount to helping anyone in any area of their life become who they’re truly meant to be.”

Clare live on stage

Until March 2020, Clare Langan pursued a busy career as a headline flautist performing all over the world. Like so many artists, the pandemic has created a new world order….It was time to get creative. Clare started drawing, and a few months later, the “Simply-be-more” brand was born, selling positive and inspiring sketches on the collection of cards, t-shirts, bags, mugs and framed prints.

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