To date the Keyboard Trust has given international platforms to over 220 gifted young keyboard players. This figure continues to grow, with an annual intake of seven pianists in addition to several performers on historical instruments. If there is a benefit, it must be found in the development of their careers from that point on. Besides ample testimonials from the musicians themselves, a recent survey found that close on half had made substantial careers, either as performers or in high academic positions, or both.
Recent highlights include Yuanfan Yang winning the Rome International Piano Competition in 2018; Alexander Gadjiev being made a ‘BBC New Generation Artist’ for 2019-2021; Mariam Batsashvili being signed by Warner Classics in 2019; Bocheng Wang topping the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe’s Scholarship Competition in 2020; and Edward Leung for winning the 2020 Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Piano Prize.
The public, in their thousands has also had the benefit. Each year the Keyboard Trust is responsible for a stream of sublime music which would not otherwise be heard, performed by supreme musicians who would not otherwise have played.